Northern News : April 25th 2012
18 NORTHERN NEWS, APRIL 25, 2012 SPORT Dream comes true for young netball fans Future captains: Two young netball fans meet their heroes. From left: Temepara George, Stella Trevett, 8, Te Awatea Proctor, 12, and Catherine Cox. Two young netball fans were at the heart of the thrilling on-court action at the ANZ Championship game on April 16 in Auckland, when the Northern Mystics met West Coast Fever. Te Awatea Proctor, 12, from Pawarenga and 8-year- old Stella Trevett from Auck- land won the ANZ Future Captains competition. This gave them the oppor- tunity to meet captains Temepara George of the Mystics and Catherine Cox, West Coast Fever, before joining the two teams on court for the televised open- ing. The game saw the Mystics continue their winning streak in a 52 to 45 victory over the West Coast Fever. It was cool as, I was stoked when I found out I'd won,'' Te Awatea says. My mum, nana and sister all travelled down to Auck- land with me to watch the game. My favourite part was when I met Temepara, she's the best player.'' The game was Te Awatea's first chance to see the pros compete. ANZ sponsorship head Susan McGregor says it's a once in a lifetime experience for the fans. Only 66 kids from around the country have been selec- ted to be ANZ Future Cap- tains. It's a thrilling oppor- tunity for young netballers to meet their heroes.'' Top Energy buoys WaterSafe project WaterSafe fun: Children enjoy the water while they learn to swim. Far North electricity gener- ator and lines network com- pany Top Energy has renewed its sponsorship of Sport Northland's Water- Safe programme for a further two years. It has also increased the sponsorship amount, boost- ing the number of trainers to enable an additional 4000 lessons each year. Sport Northland chief executive Brent Eastwood says each year they're asked to train more kids in vital swimming and water safety skills. We're stoked that Top Energy is not only continu- ing its involvement with the WaterSafe programme, but increasing its invest- ment to help us keep pace with demand,'' he says. The programme has con- ducted 155,542 swimmer lessons in basic swimming and water safety skills since it started in 1998 and has won three national achievement awards over the past five years. It aims to raise swim- ming skills of school chil- dren and provide teachers with the confidence to deliver these skills. Sponsorship by Top Energy means Sport North- land can deliver the pro- gramme free of charge to children between years 1 and 8. Schools without their own pools or swimming facilities can be catered for with a portable pool that can be packed into a trailer and driven to where it's needed. The pool can be heated and used through winter. For further information visit poolsinschoolz.com. Andrew leads top sailors World class: Andrew Murdoch in action earlier this year. Seventeen Kiwi sailors are in Hye `res, France to represent New Zealand at the 2012 Semaine Olympique Francaise Regatta for Olympic class sailors, one of the major regattas in the international Olympic sailing circuit. The NZL Sailing Team once again has a strong contingent in the Laser class with 2011 Laser World bronze medallist and 2012 Olympic representative Andrew Murdoch from Kerikeri leading a talented group of young men. Racing runs for six days with medal races and prizegiving planned for Friday, April 27. This event will be a warm up for the Laser World Championships which start in May in Germany. Gun safety the target for season Fired up: Call for safety during shooting season. As shooting enthusiasts gear up for this year's duck season from the first Saturday in May, safety should be a priority, the Mountain Safety Council says. Each season there are reported incidents which involve the careless use of shotguns. Tragically many result in serious injury and even death which could have been avoided if duck shooters had maintained responsible shooting behaviours and followed the Firearms Safety Code, which comprises of seven basic and common sense rules,'' safety council training manager Mike Spray says. These include: Treat every firearm as loaded Always point firearms in a safe direction Load a firearm only when ready to fire Identify your target beyond all doubt Check your firing zone Store firearms and ammunition safely Avoid alcohol and drugs when handling firearms. The duck shooting season is a social event. Late nights and early mornings can compromise safety and tired shooters are likely to be less alert. Alcohol and some drugs, including prescribed medi- cation can slow mental and physical reactions and must not be consumed prior to or while shooting,'' he added. For more information go to mountainsafety.org.nz. Off to coach Dutch Olympians He's come a long way from growing up in Kerikeri on the family farm. Last week Rueben Corbett headed off to Weymouth in the UK, where he will be one of the coaches for the Dutch Match Racing Olympic team. The team will be compet- ing in the London Olympics. His love of sailing began at age 13 when his uncle gave him an old Optimist and, like most of the local sailing enthusiasts he began on the lake. While at Kerikeri High School he sailed under the guidance of Derry Godbert where the team won several National and Interdominion Championships. Rueben went on to captain the sailing team and in his final year became head boy before moving to Auckland to study for a Bachelor of Com- merce majoring in inter- national business and economics. While studying in Auck- land he joined the renowned Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Youth Training Programme where he learned the art of match racing under coach Guy Pilkington. Since graduating from the programme Reuben went on to pursue his goal of becom- ing a match racing world champion and is now part of the Aon Racing Team. As well as his love of sail- ing, he has been coaching since 2005 and coached the Kerikeri High School team for three years. His passion for sailing has certainly put him on the international stage.
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