North Shore Times : December 3rd 2010
15 NORTH SHORE TIMES, DECEMBER 3, 2010 SPORT 75 Barry's point Road Takapuna Ph: 486 7739 www.windsurfing.co.nz KITESURF SUP WINDSURF EVO SPORTS BOATS WETSUITS BOOTIES ACCESSORIES 3222962AA Chasing the gold Swimmer Ian Gunthorpe will be chasing further golden success at the New Zealand Masters Games in February. Gunthorpe, 64, from Albany is one of five North Shore titleholders return- ing for the 22nd edition of the games to be held in Wanganui. He won five pool events in 2009 in freestyle, back- stroke and individual med- ley and also won his age grade in the 2km open water swim. Glenfield dancer Jill Nicholson, 65, will be seeking to add to her four dancing titles, two of them won with fellow Glenfield dancing partner 66-year- old Barrie Roberts. North Shore table tennis player, David Scott, 60, will return to Wanganui where he won four doubles titles at the last games held there. Also returning is Robert Dunn, 68, from Hillcrest, who has won two table ten- nis gold and three silver medals. So far there are 2300 competitors from 15 countries entered for 65 sports. The overseas contingent includes 75 Australians, six Indians. Grassroots motorsport By FELICITY REID Born to drive: From left: Scott Rutherford, Hibiscus Coast Motorsport Club vice-president Chris Subritzky and club captain Karn Woodcock are all passionate about participating in motorsport. Rising star: Teenage driver Scott Rutherford from Hibiscus Coast Motorsport Club is outdoing drivers more than twice his age in rally competition. Photo: FELICITY REID Driving is in the blood for Browns Bay motorsport en- thusiast Chris Subritzky. His family has been members of the Hibiscus Coast Motorsport Club since 1976 and he was on the sidelines at his first event at three weeks old. I was attending events when I was in the womb. My dad even abandoned my mum at the hospital to organise a car club event,'' Subritzky says. The 31-year-old has been behind the wheel since he was 12 learning driving skills on private property and taking part in New Zealand's first under-13 competition. Subritzky is now vice- president of the grassroots club and has been involved with the committee since he was 15. Over the years he has passed on his knowledge to young drivers through the Prodrive course taught in schools. There are too many crap drivers, we want to promote safe driving,'' Subritzky says. We want people to have fun in a safe environment without endangering the pub- lic.'' Subritzky says car club events are an opportunity for boy racers to legally show off to their friends in a controlled environment''. The club attracts all ages to its events. One standout driver is teenager Scott Rutherford. He started out in go-karts as as an eight-year-old but quickly tired of going round and round on the same track, so moved on to car club events as a 14-year-old. Last year Rutherford, 17, completed national rally rounds and aspires to be a world rally driver. I love the adrenalin and going sideways,'' he says. I had no knowledge when I first joined the car club and I wouldn't be where I am now without the club. It's nice to be able to talk to people who understand and if there are any problems with the car they are happy to lend you parts for the event,'' the Motorsport New Zealand rising stars partici- pant says. Subritzky says taking part in club events doesn't have to be big budget and standard road cars can be used. On December 12 the club hosts a hill climb event on Pritchard Rd which is the final round of the Auckland inter-club competition where the club will look to defend their title. Trainer in award finals Ryan Hewitt North Shore's Ryan Hewitt was the only Auckland finalist in the 2010 Fitness Industry Awards personal trainer of the year category. The awards celebrate New Zealand's premier fitness leaders. The fitness industry as a whole has matured and become more profes- sional, these awards are a testament to the hard work that has been going on, in an often under- funded and under- recognised industry,'' Hewitt says. Hewitt is the founder of Balance Point a boutique gym based in Albany, and has been working in the fitness industry for more than 10 years. He enjoys working in the industry because every day you can honestly say that you have improved some- one's life.'' Our current health care system is non- sustainable and the only way New Zealand is going to afford health- care is to become more proactive in prevention and integrate the fitness and the health industry,'' he says. Hewitt has developed the Active Choice Exer- cise programme which is a fitness and nutrition course designed for dis- abled young people living on the North Shore. He is also the Wellness Representative on the North Shore Community Health Voice, and Auck- land Representative on the Personal Trainer Council. Cashing in on European season As the temperatures keep on rising here in New Zealand, on the other side of the world in Europe, the snow is falling. Europe is the strongest continent in world hockey and attracts most top inter- national players from all around the world. Holland, Spain, Germany, Belgium, England and Italy currently have several inter- national players dominating their respective competitions. Why do players head to Europe for hockey? Money, quality of hockey and lifestyle seem to be the drawcards. From the Black Sticks men and women squads there are about 14 players in Europe, and generally this is encour- aged by national coaches. North Harbour player Dave Green plays for the HC Bra club in Italy and has just returned home for their mid- winter break. When the opportunity arose I just couldn't turn it down. It has made me focus on my hockey a lot more because there is now more pressure and the feeling of being accountable to the club because this is our job,'' Green says. I would definitely recom- mend players to head over- seas to develop their game because it takes you out of your comfort zone and makes you stand on your own two feet. It is also a great oppor- tunity to see the world.'' Players are usually well looked after with accommo- dation, flights, gym member- ship, vehicle and a monthly salary all part of the package. Anywhere from 700 euro to 6000 euro a month is gener- ally earned by our New Zealand-based players how- ever top Dutch midfielder Teun De Noijer is rumoured to be earning more than 100,000 euro a season from his club Bloemendaal. There has been one major issue around New Zealand players playing in Europe, and that has been their absence from the National Hockey League. Current Black Sticks men's captain Phil Burrows has not played in the NHL since 2002 due to playing abroad. However in 2011 Hockey NZ hope to relaunch the NHL with a new date to accommo- date all Black Stick players.
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