Kapiti Observer : May 12th 2011
44 THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 OPINION For Sale $675,000 View By Appointment & Sunday 12.00-12.45pm rwotaki.co.nz/OTK20151 nz.open2view.com/O238814 Jordan Bates 0272 511 955 (06) 364 5602 firstname.lastname@example.org Otaki Office 06 364 5602 New Century Real Estate Ltd LICENSED (REAA 2008) Open Home SUPERB LIFESTYLE! Superbly elevated and positioned to capture sun & boasting views of the country side & nearby Tasman Sea. The best of town & country living located within 5 minutes of reputable cafes' and restaurants, either 10 minutes South to Waikanae or North to retail outlet capital Otaki & an easy commute to Wellington or Palmerston North. A large 228m2 house area makes up, large bedrooms, 3 living spaces including dining & kitchen, family room & lounge. The sizable garage, established landscape, heating options, butlers walk-in pantry and wide formal entrance are also features, including the quality chattels, fixtures and fittings. All this on a spacious 2.32 acres. Te Horo 52 Harakeke Road 22 4 1 NEW GENERATION HOME TO BE BUILT HERE Lot 22, Awatea Lakes, Paraparaumu $495,000 Stylish 3 bedroom home, master with ensuite and WIR, 180m2 including study/hobbies nook and double garage with extensive Kwila decking. Spectacular lakefront position. Be in early so you can choose colours for kitchen, floors and walls. Package includes carpets, blinds and landscaping -- all you have to do is unpack and enjoy a quality brand new home. To find out more about owning your brand new Generation Home please come and visit our Showhome... Cnr Te Nehu and Mazengarb Road, Paraparaumu Phone 04 293 5816 or call Alan Pye on 0275 181 909 Todd back to the top of his game SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Mark Todd's rehabili- tation as a New Zea- land sport star seems almost complete. Todd has built one of the greatest records in New Zealand sports history -- two Olympic three-day eventing golds and two bronzes, two world team titles, four Badminton and five Burghley crowns. His recent win at Badminton aboard NZB Land Vision was the stuff of dreams. He is 55 and was riding a 10-year-old horse that had never competed in such a high-level competition. Todd nursed the horse to victory in an exciting final day of showjumping, show- ing his familiar steel and calm under pressure. Sure, he didn't go so well at the Kentucky three-day event, but in his sport not even the best can win every week. There are just too many imponderables. Before his life came off the rails spectacularly in 2000, fol- lowing a Sunday Mirror sting operation, Todd was New Zea- land sport's favoured son. Not only was he a brilliant competi- tor, but he always seemed to have a calm dignity and humility. Advertisers and sponsors clamoured to become involved with him. A knighthood loomed. But after the English tabloids were finished with him, he was damaged goods. He and his wife Carolyn -- they have since split -- returned to New Zealand, but he kept a relatively low profile. He went to the 2004 Olympics as an equestrian coach with the New Zealand team and made a comeback as a competitor at Bei- jing in 2008, finishing 17th on Gandalf and helping New Zea- land to a team fifth placing. Still, there was an asterisk beside his name. He was named Rider of the Century by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports, but many New Zealand- ers were chilly towards him. Gradually, though, the feelings have eased -- assisted, it must be said, by his remarkable win at Badminton. He became the oldest winner of eventing's most prestigious annual title. Afterwards there was the familiar modesty, as he gave the credit to the horse and praised it for its pluckiness. Some have said the horse, not the rider, is the key element in eventing. It's an intriguing debate. Would Todd have won Bad- minton this year on another horse? Would another rider have won on Land Vision? Having a good horse is obvi- ously crucial, just as the boat is in America's Cup yachting and the car in Formula One motor- racing. However, over the years other riders have had plenty of opportunities on champion horses. None has compiled an all-round record to match Todd's. It would be churlish to deny that, and the lurid Sunday Mir- ror headlines 11 years ago should not obscure that fact. Todd is targeting the 2012 London Olympics, and despite his years, it is conceivable he could win a medal. Already Todd and Andrew Nicholson have the record for having represented New Zea- land at the most Olympics -- six. Let's not forget, Todd was also chosen in 1980 but never com- peted because of New Zealand's boycott of the Moscow Olympics. An aeon ago, former world champion Vaughn Jefferis said: We all owe a huge debt to Mark. He was the first and paved the way for us.'' That was way back then. Amazingly, all these years later, he's still setting the pace.
May 16th 2011