North Shore Times : February 19th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 30 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 19, 2013 SPORT A wall of support Supporting survivors: Megan Clarke, Lindsay Grobler and Andy Schmidt will head to the Great Wall of China Marathon to raise money for Pink Pilates. Photo: FELICITY REID By FELICITY REID Go to northshoretimes.co.nz to see a preview of the Great Wall of China Marathon. Cancer survivor Lindsay Grobler felt dumped by the medical system when her days of chemotherapy and radiotherapy were over. But in the persistent phone calls from Pink Pilates physiotherapist Megan Clarke, Lindsay found the support she was seeking. Now Lindsay is part of a team of five who will take on the Great Wall of China Marathon in May to raise enough money to get 100 other North Shore cancer patients the same support. Pink Pilates is a one-on- one rehabilitation pro- gramme tailored to an indi- vidual s strength and fitness needs which encourages women recovering from any form of cancer to incorporate fitness into their lifestyle. The programme includes a combination of manual physiotherapy, Pilates, massage, breathing control techniques and a personal- ised home exercise pro- gramme. The male equivalent is Steel Pilates. People can join at any time, from the newly diag- nosed to those diagnosed more than 25 years ago. Megan from Active Physio Albany has been a certified Pink Pilates physiotherapist for four years and is passion- ate about the cause. These women had nowhere to go following recovery and they had so much wrong with their bodies, Megan says of can- cer survivors. Pink Pilates has been really popular but there are no funds for people to come through. Megan and her husband Andy Schmidt, who is a Steel Pilates physiotherapist, have decided to put their own bodies on the line to help raise the $25,000 required. The duo, along with Lind- say and her husband Jandre and Shore businessman Martin Abert, form Active Physio Team China. Andy will face more than five thousand steps during the full Great Wall of China marathon which takes in parts of the iconic landmark not normally open to tour- ists. The others will brave the half marathon. Goto give.everydayhero.com/nz/ ActivePhysioTeamChina to support the team. Collins takes on Black Sticks role North Harbour Hockey high performance coach Bryce Collins has been announced as Black Sticks men s assistant coach. His appointment follows the departure of former North Harbour NHL player and coach Darren Smith, who took up a con- tract with the Ireland national women s team. Collins, a former Black Stick himself, amassed more than 50 test matches and included the 2006 World Cup and Melbourne Commonwealth Games. He began his playing days for the Hibiscus Dairy Flat Club and also represented North Har- bour through the age groups, but then moved to the Auckland and Canter- bury regions. Returning to North Harbour in 2004, Collins has worked for this region for 10 years through the Coach Force and high per- formance areas. Unfortunately, in 2007 he suffered a career- ending knee injury and has not been able to play representative hockey since. With his playing abil- ities limited, it was the coaching environment that benefited with cam- paigns through both the North Harbour men s and women s NHL teams over recent years, as well as the New Zealand under-18 Boys head coach role. Collins will begin his official role with the Black Sticks at the Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia in March, while also tidy- ing up his final days at North Harbour Hockey. An international mas- ters team called the Eng- lish LX Club have been visiting recently and I caught up with Brent Mil- ler who described the encounters. It is a team of veterans all aged over 60. In fact the team had an average age of around 70! They come from all over the UK and do a lot of travelling. The players have all played at a high level when younger and all still have very good basics -- trapping, passing and positional knowledge. They just couldn t run as they used to. The North Harbour 60s team played them and won 7-1 in an uneven game played in a very good spirit. They only had 12 players so were struggling a bit as they had only arrived in New Zealand the day before. A combined North Har- bour team composed of 50s, 55s and 60s men s players also played them. In a closer game, the home side took it out 4-0. All round they seemed a nice bunch of people. The visitors are continuing their journey to places including Tauranga and Christchurch. Finishing first: North Shore Rowing Club's gold medal-winning women's club eight crew, from left: Chanelle Hickford, Christie Davis, Sammy Thompson, Stefani Baker-Burns, Caitlin White-Parsons, Rebecca Parsons, Lauren Tilson, Olivia White-Parsons, Sophie Woods. North Shore Rowing Club excels at North Island champs North Shore Rowing Club reigned supreme at the North Island Rowing Cham- pionships, bringing home the Auckland Centennial Oar. Now they focus on this week s national champion- ships. The club won six gold, five silver and two bronze medals making them the most suc- cessful club at the North Island regatta attended by nearly 800 athletes. Head coach Mat Jensen says the results bode well for the New Zealand champs on Lake Ruataniwha in the South Island starting today. The results show we are on track for a successful New Zealand champs, Jensen says. All crews demon- strated they are ready for the next challenge. While the club produced top results in the develop- ment grades, club members also shone in the elite com- petition. Bobby Kells, Finn Howard and David Mabbott com- peted for the New Zealand elite summer squad and Jeff Haldane, Jasper Ballantyne, Oliver Moss, Kyle Battersby, Anna De Long and Rosie Crooks represented the Auckland Regional Perform- ance Centre. Westlake Boys and Girls High Schools competed in the club s colours at the North Island champs and won medals in the under-19 fours events. North Shore Rowing Club s North Island Cham- pionships medal haul: Gold: Women s senior cox- less four, men s senior cox- less four, men s senior pair, men s club coxed four, women s club eight, women s club single. Silver: Women s club coxed four, women s senior pair, women s club quad, men s club quad, men s under-19 coxed four. Bronze: Women s under-19 coxed four, men s under-19 coxed four. Kiwi No 1 deals to the Aussies in optimist national champs By FELICITY REID Sailor Nick Egnot-Johnson is on track to be the best in Australasia. The 14-year-old from Mur- rays Bay Sailing Club is the only New Zealander to ever finish first at the Australian Optimist National Cham- pionships. He won the top inter- national award at the Janu- ary regatta sailed in a Tas- manian river and was also placed first overall with a five-point margin. In his 13 races at the championships Egnot- Johnson won seven, finished second four times and had one third and a fourth. But international sailors are not eligible to take the Australian national title, so officially Annabelle Davies from Western Australia is crowned champion. Egnot-Johnson s top form continued when he returned home for the Optimist Auck- land Championships where he won the regatta sailed off Wakatere by a whopping 23-point margin. This event was the second of four ranking regattas for the optimist class and Egnot- Johnson is currently ranked No 1 in the country. Next on his racing calen- dar is the Inter-Island Chal- lenge in Picton this weekend which is a build-up race for the optimist nationals in Timaru at Easter. Nationals could be the last time Egnot-Johnson races an optimist, because he will be too old to compete in the class next season, but should he finish in the top five in Timaru he will make the New Zealand team for the Optimist World Champion- ships in July in Italy. The son of two-time New Zealand Olympic sailor Les- lie Egnot, he has never been in a worlds team before so it wouldbeagoodwaytocapa successful sailing season. Egnot-Johnson is also sail- ing in the 29er class with an eye on competing at the Youth World Champs.
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