North Shore Times : January 15th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 27 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 15, 2013 SPORT Race will test non-swimmer On land: Sailor Brad Marsh is worried about the kayak leg of the Coast to Coast. Photo: FELICITY REID By FELICITY REID Brad Marsh doesn't hesitate to put his body on the line in pursuit of sporting glory so the toughest multisport event around is the perfect chal- lenge for the professional sailor who can't swim. Risking life and limb as bowman for the 2012 Volvo Ocean Race winning French boat Groupama, Marsh came to the rescue when near- disaster struck during the 72,000km circumnavigation race which crossed the world's most treacherous waters. He cut away Groupama's broken mast in the traumatic Southern Ocean leg, acciden- tally slashing his wrist in the process. The Beach Haven resident will be hoping his first Speight's Coast to Coast will be less dramatic than his round the world sailing debut. The Coast to Coast event next month traverses the South Island from Kumara Beach on the Tasman Sea to Sumner Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Competitors cycle 140km, split into three stages of 55km, 15km and 70km; run 36km which includes a 33km mountain stage that has 19 river crossings in the South- ern Alps, and kayak 67km of the Waimakariri River through the Waimakariri Gorge -- all of which Marsh will complete in one day. I have taken it to the most extreme that I can handle. That might be foolish, I'll have to wait and see,'' the 29-year-old says. Marsh won't be the first sailor to take part in the gruelling event, which has been around for more than 30 years, but he hopes to be the fastest. I'll have to check their times; I would hate to be beaten by any of them.'' While at sea Marsh spends 25 days at a time working four hours on and four hours off for 24-hours a day, so he says he is well drilled at mak- ing decisions while fatigued and knows how his body reacts in challenging con- ditions. So it is the mental battle he will face during the Coast to Coast that Marsh is most looking forward to. But it is the fourth leg of the race -- the kayak stage -- which is playing on his mind in the lead-up to race day. For someone who spends so much of his time around water, it comes as a surprise that Marsh says he can't swim and is nervous that he will capsize his full racing kayak in the grade two white water rapids. Coming from a sailing team with unlimited resources, where everyone has specialist jobs with detailed schedules and meals are prepared for them, Marsh has had to quickly learn to be his own project manager for the upcoming event. Alongside developing new physical skills, he is learning about nutrition, training programmes and the logistics of getting his race gear from Auckland to the start line. Luckily, some sailing con- tacts have come on board to support his campaign. Volvo has provided Marsh with a car for him to trans- port his race equipment in, and which will be driven by his support crew of girlfriend Robyn and dad Peter during the race. Marsh, with the help of the Aussie Butcher, has also come up with a quirky way to vacuum pack his first aid kit and extra clothing that will take up less room in his day pack. Just weeks before the Coast to Coast, work will see Marsh head to Miami and while he is Stateside he will fit in the Key West half marathon. CLUB CRICKET Only one club wins The resumption of the one-day competition failed to bring victories for three of the four Shore clubs. East Coast Bays moves to the top of the points table with a resounding 138-run win over Howick Pakuranga. Aknockof73by Bays' Matt Mimmack helped the home side to post 220-8 off their 50 overs. Six of the seven bowlers used by Bays took wickets, including a haul of 3-22 from eight overs for Ryan Bezuidenhout, as they demolished the Howick Pakuranga batting line- up for just 82 runs. Takapuna lost to Parnell by six wickets. Batting first, Takapuna relied on their middle-order to score the bulk of the runs as they were all out for 169 inside 45 overs. Takapuna No 6 batsman Daniel Ter Braak was their top scorer with 33. Parnell easily reached the required total in the 38th over for the loss of four wickets. Birkenhead City's English import Paul Muchall posted an unbeaten half century but he ran out of partners as Birkenhead fell 58 runs short of Ellerslie's total. Jason Hill was the pick of the Birkenhead bowlers, picking up 4-39 off his 10 overs, while Muchall also proved economical with the ball finishing with 1-26 from 10 overs as Ellerslie were dismissed for 198 in the 47th over. North Shore came agonisingly close in their game with Grafton, chasing a total of 244, but ended up just shy of a victory. Captain Josh Tasman- Jones led North Shore's run chase with a score of 80 but no other major batting contributions were made and the home side were dismissed with four balls remaining and six runs needed for a win. Mike Stevenson was the standout bowler for North Shore taking 3-39 from his 10 overs. Amateurs mix with elite athletes in beach event By CATHERINE MURRAY The chance for amateur sportspeople to mix with elite athletes is one of the great benefits of the State Beach Series, says psychologist Sara Chatwin of MindWorks. You can observe how the elite athlete prepares men- tally and physically for an event. There's definitely secrets to their success.'' The elite athletes Chatwin works with exhibit common characteristics that the cas- ual sportsperson can learn from, such as being prepared and organised well before the event, being healthy and phy- sically sound for a psycholog- ical edge, and debriefing after the event to assess perform- ance. Also, stick to your plan,'' she says. Every event should have a game plan in which you have considered the course and all the determinants that com- prise the specific event. You will also have your own unique modus operandi for each event.'' Events such as the beach series are readily accessible for every- one, says Chatwin. They give people the opportunity to participate at entry level, yet they can per- form to their potential with- out too much pressure. The social side of these events also means that people are surrounded by other athletes who provide a supportive environment.'' As for those New Year's resolutions, Chatwin says while they are a great start, they also require commit- ment and momentum. You need to put things in place to keep you honest' like buddying up with a like- minded individual to train with, committing your goals to paper and posting them somewhere where you are reminded of them.'' The State Beach Series returns to Takapuna Beach on January 22. Go to beachseries.co.nz to find out more. Big haul: Nadia Evans is gathering quite a collection of medals and ribbons for her feats on the track and field. Photo: FELICITY REID In action: Bays Cougars Nadia Evans leapt world-record distances in the 8-year-olds' long jump at the Colgate Games. Nadia breaks long-jump world record By FELICITY REID Already out-leaping and out-pacing her peers, Nadia Evans is a name for the future of New Zealand athletics. The 8-year-old North Harbour Bays Cougars athlete had onlookers doing a double-take on the first day of the North Island Colgate Games when she unofficially broke the world record for long jump. Nadia jumped 4.23 metres on her third attempt at the event in New Ply- mouth. Impressed with his daughter's winning results, Dad Mike did an internet search to see how Nadia's efforts stacked up world- wide. It turns out Nadia was clearing world record- breaking distances with Mike finding the 8-year-old girls' world record was registered at 4.20m by American Tierra Crockrell in 2001. Colgate Games do not retain records for children under 10, so Nadia can't officially take her place in the world record books. Nadia also won her div- ision races in the 60 metre, 100m and 200m at the annual event. So far this season Nadia, along with her teammates, wonthe4x100m,4x200m and 4 x long jump relays at the Auckland Champion- ships. Last season Nadia won the 60m and 100m for 7-year-olds at the Auckland Champs and also broke long--standing club records in the 100m and long jump.
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