North Shore Times : February 12th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 31 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 12, 2013 SPORT Three generations of black-belt Monks By FELICITY REID Family success: The Monk family of Chikako, Marina, Duane, Carl and Len are all karate black belts. Photo: FELICITY REID ' People can give up so quickly but we want to give them the true feeling that they worked hard and earned it so that it is not an empty accomplishment. ' --- Duane Monk Patience key to success Generations of Monks have been successfully dedicating themselves to karate on the Shore. Carl Monk, 16, is the latest member of the Browns Bay family to achieve Fushin Ryu black belt status. He follows his grandfather Len, dad Duane, mum Chi- kako and older sister Marina to this achievement. Duane, who has been the national karate head coach since 2007, wants other prac- titioners to adhere to the kar- ate principle of patience when it comes to following in their footsteps. Everyone wants every- thing now and they have minimum time to do it,'' Duane says. He warns against expect- ing instant results when tak- ing up karate at his club. Martial arts grading systems can differ between styles and clubs but Duane says he won't be giving out gradings just to keep members. People can give up so quickly but we want to give them the true feeling that they worked hard and earned it so that it is not an empty accomplishment.'' Getting a grading before being really ready -- especially a black belt -- can be detrimental, Duane says. It gives them a false confi- dence and they can't look after themselves.'' Marina first started karate as a toddler in a parent and child class, she achieved her black belt when she was 17. Similarly Carl says he can't remember when he started because karate has always been a part of his life and he knew it would be just a mat- ter of time before he reached black belt. However his dad does remember when Carl had the worst attention span in the class of four-year-old karate students. Fushin Ryu karate is a style only practised in three countries, so Duane says there is not a world or natio- nal champion in their style -- instead they compete against all styles in open inter- national competition. New Zealand is ranked 20th in the world, from more than 100 member nations. Since coming on board as head coach Duane says he has seen results improve and New Zealand consistently bettering Australia on the medal table. Karate clubs should be cau- tious about saying they are the best around unless they have a way to prove it, Duane says. We have topped every major medal table in New Zealand. Some clubs may never get someone in the national team, 25 of the 75 national team came from our club and they won 22 of the 33 med- als.'' Karate is not all about com- petition according to Duane. We use tournaments to make karate better. To be humble when you win and to lose gracefully,'' he says. Karate's possible inclusion in the Olympic Games in 2020 could boost the sport's popularity. Aussie Bandits steal Ballinger Title-winning Harbour Bas- ketball coach James Ballin- ger has been headhunted to join an Australian league and sees the potential to have Kiwi players cross the ditch with him. Ballinger leaves New Zea- land at the end of February to take up the role of head coach of the Albury-Wodonga Lady Bandits basketball club. The team play in the South East Australian Bas- ketball League (SEABL), which is a tier below the National League. Ballinger has secured a two-year contract which includes the overseeing of the club academy as it looks to develop local talent. I wasn't actively seeking a job overseas and the offer came out of the blue,'' a sur- prised Ballinger says. The team only won one game last year so the club is looking to build from the bot- tom up and introduce more younger players into the senior team.'' This suits Ballinger just fine as his CV is built on coa- ching age-group teams. He has won a national title as head coach of the Harbour under-21 women's team, and took the under-19 team to third place. Last year he coached the Westlake Girls High premier team to a creditable sixth in their first visit to schools nationals for years. He was head coach of the Junior Tall Ferns at the 2012 Oceania Youth Championships. Ballinger was highly rec- ommended by former Lady Bandits and now New Zea- land Tall Ferns head coach Kennedy Kereama. Asked if he might recruit some local Harbour players for his team he commented: it's unlikely for 2013 as the team roster has been largely finalised but in 2014 New Zealand players will no longer be regarded as imports' so one or two girls could be getting a phone call.'' Boost to women's football By FELICITY REID The number of women footballers representing Shore clubs at the top level will double with Forrest Hill Milford's inclusion in the Northern Region Football League's women's premier competition this season. Former New Zealand Foot- ball chief executive Graham Seatter got the ball rolling when he approached Forrest Hill Milford AFC last year on the behalf of a group of players and title-winning coach Mauro Donoso to gauge the interest in establishing a premier team. The club seeing the growth and development occurring in the women's game wanted to be part of it, says Brian Hay- cock, who is the club's execu- tive committee women's foot- ball representative. There always has been a need for a second women's premier team on the Shore, it was always a matter of when that would happen and at which club,'' he says. Up to now for those elite players there was only one choice, Glenfield and there was not room in one team for all the quality players that exist on the Shore.'' Over the years Forrest Hill have lost some of their talent to other clubs. Several former Forrest Hill players, including those who had represented New Zealand at youth level, had to seek playing opportunities at other clubs as we did not have a team capable of being competitive in the premier league.'' However Haycock thinks the establishment of the this team could be a homecoming for some of those players. Obviously to be competi- tive we need players who have played at the elite level. Fortunately there are a large number who live on the Shore but have played over the bridge -- current indica- tions are that we can expect some of these to play at For- rest Hill this year.'' Donoso's reputation and track record in the premier league and national women's league as Northern Football Federation's winning coach is helping to attract players. We want to build for future success as we do not want to be a one-season won- der,'' Haycock says. This is a huge challenge for the club and there is still a lot of work to be done.'' Students get preview of fitness industry Learning for life: The current students of the YG Fitness course with mentor, boxer Shane Cameron. By FELICITY REID Not everyone who arrives at YG Fitness has a sporting background but they all leave fitter and focused on the future. The year-long course for 16 and 17-year-old school leavers targets those interested in a career in the fitness industry or defence force and gives the teens an opportunity to get NCEA level one and two quali- fications.Morning workouts four days a week at Shane Cameron's Northcote gym are followed by classroom and culture sessions at Awataha Marae before returning to the gym in the afternoon. Tutor Tara Puke says the programme offers a differ- ent learning environment and puts a lot of respons- ibility on the students. By regularly being in the gym Puke says the partici- pants are surrounded by good role models like Cameron and former rugby star Slade McFarland. They get to see first-hand all aspects of the industry from personal training and physiotherapy to customer service.
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