North Shore Times : January 24th 2014
www.northshoretimes.co.nz SPORT NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 24, 2014 Cheerleader aims for gold ‘ By FELICITY REID Liv Ford was once a reluctant cheerleader. Now she is a world championships regular. The 18-year-old from Greenhithe needed weeks of persuading before she finally joined her friends in the school cheer squad seven years ago. Those same friends don’t cheer anymore. But Ford was hooked. ‘‘It’s my forte,’’ Ford says of the cheerleading routines which are mix of dancing and gymnastics. In April, Ford will attend the International Cheer Union World Championship in Orlando, Florida for the fourth time. She is a member of both the New Zealand all girls and co-ed teams. Sunburst win all in the family A popular Kiwi-designed boat marked 50 years at Narrow Neck Beach when more than 70 Sunbursts took to the water over the weekend. The 50th anniversary regatta hosted by Wakatere Boating Club also doubled as the 2014 national championships and boats from as far away as Dunedin came to the North Shore to take part in this landmark event. Designed by John Brooke, the Sunburst first came to prominence in 1964 and over the years more than 1800 examples have been built. Sunbursts were designed to be an easy to build, fun sailing dinghy ideal for an adult and child to get out on the water and race together. So it was fitting that the national title event was taken out by a father and son team from Wakatere Boating Club. With the team name of Silly Pig Racing and a distinctive spinnaker, fulltime sailor Andrew Brown and his 7-year-old son Cameron showed the fleet a clean set of heels and proved that the veteran design still very much lives up to its original purpose. Andrew had previously won the national Sunburst title as a teenager in the 1990s, but this was young Cameron’s first big competition. Family fun: Cameron Brown and dad Andrew, winners of the 2014NewZealand Sunburst title. Photos: WILL CALVER/ OCEANPHOTOGRAPHY Gold is the goal this year. In 2012 we were 1 per cent away from Canada’s winning score Liv Ford, cheerleader ’ The last time New Zealand teams attended the championships in 2012, they came away with silver medals in the level five competitions. ‘‘Gold is the goal this year,’’ Ford says. ‘‘In 2012 we were 1 per cent away from Canada’s winning score.’’ New Zealand’s entrants are assisted by five American coaches who come out to help choreograph the teams’ routines. Ford also part of the North Shore-based Legacy Viperz team which will compete at All star: Cheerleader Liv Ford will attend the world championships for the fourth time this year. the annual world competition. America is the epicentre of cheerleading and Ford’s performance at worlds will act Photo: FELICITY REID her ‘‘try out’’ in front of college coaches. Working with Play Atlantic who place New Zealanders on university sports IN BRIEF Sailing scholarships, Ford is keen to see what scholarships are on offer in the United States. She would be the first cheerleader the company has placed. During her time as a cheerleader Ford has seen participation numbers in New Zealand soar and competition for a place on the national representative team increase. ‘‘Those cheerleaders mov- ing from recreational to elite has multiplied so much over the last few years,’’ she says. Ford has been coaching cheer for two years with All Star Cheerleading and her younger sister’s team at Kristin School, but she still comes across roadblocks. ‘‘As a coach I have to con- vince schools that cheerleading is a sport they should include,’’ she says. Head1 11 Andy Maloney of Murrays Bay Sailing Club has won the New Zealand Laser national title for the second time. When the weather settled in Nelson, Maloney finished ahead of Nicholas Heiner from the Netherlands to take first place. Maloney first won the national title in 2013. Takapuna Boating Club’s Sara Winther won the women’s radial title. Murrays Bay and Pupuke sailor Scott Leith won the apprentice masters radial. Bowls The country’s richest tournament for junior bowlers returns on February 8 and 9 at Milford Bowling Club. The fifth annual Heartland Bank 5000 caters for players with five years’ or less bowling experience and allows them to compete against other top teams from Auckland and Northland. Can Mairangi Bay’s Arthur Beale, last year’s winning skip, do it again? Play commences at 9am on both days and with prizes plus the Heartland Bank trophy and Harcourts Cooper & Co Real Estate plate up for grabs, competition will be keen. Visitors are welcome to the club in Commodore Parry Rd to watch the action. Basketball The Burger King 3X3 National Tour arrives on the North Shore on February 22 from 1pm. 3X3 is fast becoming a global sensation, with a professional world circuit played in some of the world’s iconic locations. Now is your chance to get involved when the tour heads to the Westlake Girls High School sports complex courts. All national tour events are endorsed by FIBA and are a chance to have fun with friends or catch the national selectors eye. There are under-14, under16, under-18 and open grades. Go to basketball.org.nz to register your team. Setting sail: Fifty years on, the Sunburst boats are still popular. Never-say-die champion comes to the rescue By JAMIE TROUGHTON He’s won national titles and represented New Zealand in the last 12 months but Nick Malcolm’s latest surf lifesaving achievement tops them all. The Mairangi Bay life- guard will head home from his Gold Coast base this week to compete in the Eastern Region Championships in Whangamata, fresh from a textbook rescue with an incredible result. Malcolm, the reigning New Zealand board race champion, was patrolling at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast recently when he spot- ted English tourist John Sherlock in trouble. By the timeMalcolm got to the 68-year-old, Sherlock had taken 12 slow strokes and then gone straight down. ‘‘I managed to flip him over within a couple of seconds then took him straight into the beach,’’ Malcolm told Australia’s Channel 9 news. Malcolm and fellow life- guard Stuart Keay then started chest compressions on Sherlock, who had by that stage gone into cardiac arrest. For half an hour, the two lifeguards worked on their patient and when paramedics arrived, they’d done enough to restore a weak pulse. Sherlock was rushed to hospital but last week was well enough to meet the pair and say thanks. Malcolm explained there was never any question of stopping compressions, despite a bleak outlook. ‘‘It was someone’s dad, someone’s husband, someone’s granddad – we were just never going to give up,’’ he says. The 23-year-old is one of more than 900 lifeguards who will compete in this weekend’s two-day eastern region champs, traditionally the second-biggest carnival of the year behind the national championships. It’s already been a big 12 months for Malcolm, who also finished third in the board race at the Australian championships and was in the New Zealand team that competed in September’s International Surf Rescue Challenge in Japan. Malcolm will also compete for Mairangi Bay in the inaugural Super 8 championship on Monday, which pits eight clubs from around New Zealand against each other in a quick-fire carnival over various age divisions. Rescuer: Nick Malcolm is heavily involved in both the sport and saving aspects of Surf Life Saving. Football Forrest Hill Milford AFC are ready to hit the ground running in 2014 and have opened registrations early. Trials for the youth and junior teams are organised to start late January ensuring all teams are ready to go when the season starts. The club will be holding a Football Festival on February 9 from 10am to 2pm at their home grounds on Becroft Park. All are welcome to come and see what the club can offer. Tell us Has anyone in your club or school done exceptionally well? Have you got an event coming up you want to tell our readers about? Call sports reporter Felicity Reid on 486 8862 or email email@example.com with the details.
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