North Shore Times : February 13th 2014
www.northshoretimes.co.nz SPORT NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 13, 2014 Willcox aims for next games North Shore skier Anna Willcox, 21, just missed out on making the final of the Winter Olympic women’s freeski slopestyle event in Sochi but has her sights set on a medal in four years’ time. Competing in the sport’s Olympic debut on the Rosa Khutor course Willcox was the fourth skier down the course in qualification recording 62.40 but struggled during her second and didn’t complete the course, meaning she was unable to improve on her first-round score. The top 12 skiers progressed to the final. Willcox finished 15th. Her first Olympic experi- ence has left her wanting more. ‘‘I definitely have a hunger for it. I want to be on the podium at the 2018 Games. ‘‘I’ve got so much to learn, I’ve been in the sport for not even an Olympic cycle so I’m going to have so much more to give in four years and I’m looking forward to representing the country again,’’ she says. There were several big name casualties during qualifying with reigning Go to northshoretimes.co.nz and click on latest edition to watch a video to learn more about freeski slopestyle at the Winter Olympics. world and X Games champion Kaya Turski, from Canada, and 17-year-old German Lisa Zimmermann, the leading competitor on the FIS World Cup series, both suffering falls and failing to make it to the final. Willcox’s coach Peter Legnavsky is pleased with his charge’s performance and that she achieved her goal of placing in the top 16. ‘‘It was fantastic . . . she didn’t hold anything back,’’ Legnavsky says. ‘‘This is a real stepping stone for her and she passed with flying colours. ‘‘She’s the future of girls’ slopestyle.’’ The event was won by Canadian Dara Howell, 19, who posted a best run of 94.20 to claim gold ahead of Devin Logan from the United States with 85.40 and Canadian Kim Lamarre who took bronze with her 85.00 run. IN BRIEF Football Head1 27 Takapuna AFC will commemorate 50 years of football and community service on April 5 and 6. All past and current members of the club are invited to join events marking the half century and take the opportunity to reconnect with old team-mates and talk about the past and hear the club’s plans for the future. An ‘‘Originals’’ lunch gathering for members from the 1960s open to all will take place on the Saturday at 12.30pm followed in the evening by a three-course meal in the Taharoto Rd clubrooms with the club’s own Miles Davis as MC. Sunday will be a gala day featuring junior and senior teams culminating in a first team versus All Stars game. Tickets for the lunch ($25) and evening function ($50) are available from the club bar. Sailing Olympic dream: Anna Willcox had a few messages for her supporters during the freestyle skiing women’s slopestyle qualification at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Photo: RYAN PIERSE/GETTY IMAGES Breakers welcome Taipans with a hiss and a roar The Breakers’ run for the playoffs hasn’t got any easier after an agonising two-point loss to Sydney in the last round. Tomorrow night they wel- come the Cairns Taipans to town in another must-win encounter. Cairns, with nine wins and 13 losses, are one spot ahead of the Breakers (8-12) on the Australian National Basketball League ladder. The last time these two met in October in Cairns, the home side squeaked a one-point win. With the fight for playoff spots heating up, this clash between old rivals at Vector Arena is sure to have plenty of action. The Breakers still believe they can make the top four and with some of the upsets around the league in the last round it could be a tight finish come the end of the regular season next month. ❚ Breakers v Cairns Taipans February 14 at Vector Arena, tipoff at 7.30pm. Big play: Breakers import Gary Wilkinson had a massive impact against Sydney Kings, leading all scorers with 33 points during round 17 of the NBL but the Breakers couldn’t get the win. Photo: GETTY IMAGES Boccia: an international sport that’s fit for anyone People with physical disabilities can go from Boccia beginner to expert in around six months thanks to a new skills programme developed by the Paralympic sport. Boccia New Zealand’s free FUNdamental skills programme is designed for anyone of any age with a physical disability. Luke Morriss from Boccia New Zealand has been working on the awards programme for the past six months. It contains a threelevel checklist that participants can work their way through at their own pace and gain their bronze, silver and gold Boccia awards. ‘‘Boccia is a Paralympic sport that tests each competitor’s degree of muscle control and accuracy and can be played almost anywhere,’’ Morriss says. Seated, athletes throw, kick or use a ramp to propel six leather balls as close as possible to a white target ball, the jack. Takapuna’s Anthea Henry-Hurst has had great success in the sport and is the reigning Upper North Island champion. ‘‘It’s a highly skilled and strategic sport originally developed from bowls and bocce as a suitable sport for people with the highest level of physical impairment,’’ Morriss says. ‘‘But it has grown to be more than just a pastime. Whether people are playing for fun or at a competitive level, Boccia provides a much needed sporting and social pathway for the disabled.’’ The new skills programme will provide a structured pathway from grassroots through to high performance. ‘‘A bronze can be achieved in quick time. By completing the full programme to gold award a participant could gain the skills necessary for international competition within around six months,’’ Morriss says. ‘‘For many individuals with high levels of physical impairment, sporting pathways can be limited. Boccia is one of very few sports that can be played and enjoyed by anyone’’ ❚ Go to boccia.org.nz. The OKI 24 Hour race at Lake Pupuke is Murrays Bay Sailing Club’s major fundraiser for the year to develop youth sailing. The 2014 overall winners of the Laser race are Andy Maloney (Murrays Bay) and Nicholas Heiner (Netherlands) coming through on the winning boat with 118 laps – almost as many as Chris Dickson’s 120-lap record. James Sandall won back-toback titles in the solo category. The youth category was won by Trent Rippey and Cullen Le Roy on 114 laps. Women’s winners were Olympians Sara Winther and Susannah Pyatt, with Laura Lowther, sailing with 109 laps. In the 6 Hour race Murrays Bay Sailing Club teenagers Finn Drummond and Tom Hyde took top spot. League Former Northcote Tigers junior player Shaun Johnson will captain the Warriors this weekend in the inaugural NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park. The 23-year-old has also extended his contract with the club to the end of the 2017 season. Cricket Despite the stellar bowling efforts of William O’Donnell who claimed three wickets for five runs off his 4.3 overs and Ross ter Braak who picked up 2-18 Westlake Boys High School’s first XI could not get past St Kentigern College in the second round of the RH Marryatt Cup one-day competition. St Kents reached 115 in 46.3 overs all out. In reply Westlake were dismissed for a paltry 80 runs in 41.2 overs, giving St Kents a 35-run victory. Rangitoto College batted first against Mt Albert Grammar, posting 103-8. Mt Albert won by two wickets. Rosmini College couldn’t chase down Sacred Heart’s total of 224-9 as Rosmini were all out for 118.
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