North Shore Times : February 10th 2011
33 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 10, 2011 SPORT Waiheke Island -- there's no better place to live your life. Enjoy your piece of paradise and more at Waiheke Retirement Village Waiheke Retirement Village 37 Natzka Road, Anzac Bay, Ostend. 09 372 2820 www.waihekeretirementvillage.co.nz Waiheke Retirement Village is nestled on the water's edge at Anzac Bay. With Villa prices starting from $320,000 you can have the added certainty, confidence and support that comes with a LifeCare Residences Village, and enjoy retirement -- island style. In fact, once you are living in your comfortable, easy-care Villa, you will have even more time to spend with friends, a great community and on your favourite pastimes. To view Villas for sale and to find out how easy it is for you to get the most out of life, call Libby today on 372 2820. If you have a SuperGold Card or have an ARTA approved Senior Citizen ID Card you can travel for FREE on Fullers' ferries from 9am weekdays, all day weekends and public holidays. And if you call Libby to make an appointment she will be more than happy to pick you up from the Ferry terminal at Waiheke Island. CLUB HOUSE LOUNGE AND DINING ROOM • INDOOR HEATED SWIMMING POOL • SPA POOL • BILLIARDS • LIBRARY • PETANQUE TERRAIN • HAIRDRESSING SALON • 24 HOUR EMERGENCY CALL SYSTEM • COURTESY COACH • WORKSHOP energi _10706C Sunday 20th February 1-4 pm Bruce Mason Centre Takapuna For details see apo.co.nz • See the APO up-close with a rehearsal and full performance • Trash to music -- make an instrument • A special performance from the Northcote Tongan Methodist Youth Band • Plus, Zumba with a difference! Join local instructors for a free zumba class accompanied by live orchestra family music extravaganza Absolutely FREE! The APO comes to Takapuna for a Emman's mind set on football Aiming high: Emman Rahimi is a ball of energy -- his football training programme keeps the 13-year-old occupied for most of the week, not that he minds. Photo: JASON OXENHAM ' I want to play for the All Whites because New Zealand gave me a home. ' Emman Rahimi Playing football for New Zealand is the dream of one teenager and his passion for the sport is taking him closer to that goal. Emman Rahimi has just returned from a two- month training academy in Vitoria, Brazil. Selectors were im- pressed by his attitude and skills and asked him to come back and train with Vitoria Football Club for several months later this year. The 13-year-old hopes the opportunity will one day see him representing his nation. I want to play for the All Whites because New Zealand gave me a home,'' he says. Emman was born here after his family came to Auckland as refugees from Afghanistan. I'm very passionate about football -- sometimes I can't even sleep for the whole night before a game.'' It was his determination that impressed selectors in Brazil. All the professional coaches look at him and know this kid is something special,'' the teenager's Auckland coach Habib Makrandi says. The skill he has is very good, especially for his age. But Emman also has that touch, that soccer mentality.'' Letters of praise from Brazilian coaches high- light Emman's outstand- ing ability to control the ball, a skill the midfielder credits to watching his favourite club Barcelona. His mum Lida says her son has been playing foot- ball ever since he could walk. The teenager will train and go to school in South America when he returns mid-year. And his other dream of playing for his favourite club is also getting a little closer. His coach is already talking about setting up a further scholarship for him to move to Spain and finish his schooling at a soccer academy. But first Makrandi says the youngster has a bit more growing to do. While he excels with skill-based drills, it will be a few years before he has the endurance to play in big leagues. So it's back to school and training for now, not that Emman minds. He says he is very thankful to his parents and his uncle for always giving him the best advice before games, and to Var- iety -- The Children's Charity, Cadbury and Aerolineas Argentinas who all helped him get to Brazil.
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