North Shore Times : January 14th 2011
15 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 14, 2011 SPORT 3316837AB 8 Week Gym Membership* Only $100 Membership includes: • FREE training programme • FREE group fitness classes • NO joining fee • Use of both North Shore and City Centres Join between 1st Dec 2010 - 31st Jan 2011 * For terms & conditions visit www.sportfitness.aut.ac.nz AUT Sport & Fitness, North Shore 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote Phone: 921-9747, opt 1 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Auckland under-18s take title By FELICITY REID Table topping: The Auckland under-18 cricket side are national champions. Photo: STANDISH & PEEVE The victorious Auckland under-18 cricketers lead their opposition across all forms of the game in the National Under-18 Championship. North Harbour representa- tives Ashley Martinus, Blair Smith, Charles Elton, Jordan Sussex, Mark Norman, Robert O Donnell, Simon Middleton and Wesley Jarman make up half of the 16-man squad which played two three-day matches, three one-dayers and three twenty20 games against provincial sides over Decem- ber and January. Auckland secured the only outright win of the three-day competition when they beat Otago by an innings and 46 runs, during which opener Middleton contributed 149 runs. The victory put Auckland on top of the points table heading into the shorter versions. Auckland then comfortably beat Wellington by six wickets in their first 50-over match in Christchurch. Jarman was the standout bowler taking three wickets for 27 runs as Wellington were all out for 173. Auckland reached the tar- get with 12 overs to spare thanks to an unbeaten run-a- ball 55 from O Donnell. Auckland continued the momentum when they notched up a five-wicket win with one over to spare against Canterbury. A strong batting perform- ance from Auckland ensured they beat Central Districts by seven wickets in the final 50-over match. Chasing 248, Auckland s reply was lead by the openers who put on 149 for the first wicket with Middleton top- scoring on 79. Losing three wickets for 33 runs in the middle of the innings nearly dented Auck- land s chances but a smashing 59 off 50 balls from O Donnell sealed the win with 15 balls to spare. Auckland s only loss came against Northern Districts in their first twenty20 match when they were dismissed 66 runs short of a winning total. A five-wicket win in their final game against Welling- ton secured the title with Elton top-scoring with an unbeaten 88 runs. Sports centre money rolls in The national centre for high performance ath- l¨etes in Mairangi Bay is closing in on its $43 million funding target. Millennium Institute chief executive Mike Stanley says the project has received new donations from Sir David Levene and the ASB Community Trust. The trust was a sub- stantial donor to the original build of the institute and we again welcome their very generous support, Mr Stanley says. The trust shares our vision for excellence and our commitment to adding value to com- munity health and over- all well-being. The two donations take fundraising to almost $40m which will trigger an additional $2.75m from Monaco- based New Zealand busi- nessman Owen Glenn who has already donated $1m. Building work is to start early this year. The new national training centre will bring together the best of sports research, coaching and manage- ment expertise from AUT University, the Millennium Institute and the NZ Academy of Sport, with the goal of producing more world- class sporting cham- pions, Mr Stanley says. The centre will be a multi-disciplinary centre of excellence fully com- mitted to propelling our athletes on to the world stage. The work will increase the size of the existing facility by almost three times. There will be a new Olympic-size swim- ming pool, a sports sci- ence centre, environ- mental chamber, strength and condition- ing suite, a new public health and fitness centre and expanded medical and specialist facilities. The high performance facilities are due to be completed in September, in time to help athletes preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Young adults ace top exercise programme Graduates of the award- winning Active Choice Exer- cise programme are fitter and more functional. ACE is a fitness and nutrition course designed for disabled young people living on the Shore. It was last year s winner of the Waitemata District Health Board s Excellence Awards as both overall and people s choice. Albany s Balance Point gym have partnered with pri- mary health organisation Harbour Health to deliver the programme. The ACE programme aims to create lifestyle change in these young adults and through exercise and nutri- tion education they can play an active part in their own health and well-being, Bal- ance Point founder Ryan Hewitt says. Graduates include young adults with physical, sensory and intellectual impairments and who are, or will be, living independently in the com- munity. They have attended weekly nutrition and exercise sessions with Hewitt. The graduating members of the ACE project have achieved outstanding results. All participants are fitter, more mobile and functional, have achieved weight loss and have greater awareness that their actions do affect their health, Hewitt says. Sue Grant, mother to an ACE participant, says it is phenomenal her daughter Gabi is out of her wheelchair and using her walker instead. Not only is she motivated by the gym programme, but there are spin-offs for the family too, in terms of diet and exercise. Debbie and Paul Ogilvy, parents to Leon, say: It has given Leon a focus and some- thing to look forward to in the weekend. He has not only shown improvements in his fitness but is also taking an interest in what he eats and drinks and is learning about diet. New ball game for softballers All night long: East Coast Bays Softball Club founder Bob Dowd throws the first pitch in the longest game of softball at Rosedale Park. For 24 hours more than 160 softballers of all ages and abilities took part in a continuous Softball-a-thon at Rosedale Park. The unique and challenging fundraiser for East Coast Bays Softball Club started at 10am on January 8 with players and their family and friends staying at the park in Albany for part of or the entire event. The opening pitch came from club founder, Bob Dowd (81) and was received by 9-year-old Sarah Usmar. Event organiser Stephen Usmar says: Even at 3am people were playing like it was their first game of the day. It did not help that the automatic ground sprinklers came on after midnight, with everyone having to play around the squirting jets of water. Black Sox s Brad Rona played the last hour and supported the younger participants. Everyone who played became a part of North Shore softball history in the longest game to be held at the ground. The final score was 179 home runs for Gold versus 128 accumulated by the Green team. The club is already working on making the event bigger next year. Funds raised go towards providing equip- ment to the new teams, along with sponsoring coaches for further training. As North Harbour is hosting the World Softball Series in 2013, it is important to be building up the skills required for this inter- national event, Usmar says. The club has been in operation for 30 years.
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