Kapiti Observer : May 30th 2011
20 KAPITI OBSERVER, MAY 30, 2011 SPORT PHONE 293 1060 While stocks last The Waikanae Hotel Kapiti Coast's Friendliest Hotel Waikanae BALLANTINE'S WHISKY 1 litre bottle 3 DAY ONLY SPECIAL Thursday 2nd June to Saturday 4th June 2011 $29.99 MAY MADNESS HirE • HirE to BuY • PurcHASE Interest Free Terms Available 16 Ihakara Street, Paraparaumu 0800 452 348 50% off all Boxing Gear 20% off all Cardio and Weights Argon Spin Bike Save $1300 Zenith Crosstrainer Save $400 Home Multigym Save $1000 This is Shaun Quincey's story. Would you like to hear it? THINGS GOT TOUGH On January 20, 2010 Shaun set off from New South Wales in his 7.3m boat to row back to New Zealand (as his father had done 35 years ago) KKMT organiser, Deputy Mayor Roger Booth says that this night at Otaihanga Boating Club should not be missed. "Shaun has told his gripping story all over the country many times since he stepped ashore but is about to shift his base to the United Kingdom. We are grabbing this last chance to see the man and hear his story." TASMAN TRESPASSER SHAUN QUINCEY Otaihanga Boating Club Tuesday 31 May at 7pm $10 Adults and $3 Secondary Age Young People Tickets at Bohanna Motors, Coastlands Information Desk and Otaihanga Boating Club (Roy Opie 298 8737) LIMITED NUMBERS -- YOU NEED TO BOOK 3744271AB Mediterranean heat beckons Banner Reaching high: Basketball player Michael Banner is about to take on the world. By BEN STRANG A Paraparaumu basketballer is preparing to jet off to Greece to compete in the Special Olympics. Michael Banner will represent New Zealand for the first time at the two-week games in Athens, beginning June 25. Banner raised more than $10,000 for the trip, through an auction of a signed Hurricanes jersey and sausage sizzles run by his basketball club, said his father, Peter. He is a bit apprehensive about going at the moment, but that is because the time is get- ting quite close, he said. I think the hardest part is going to be when we say goodbye at the airport. Mr Banner said he wished he could go with his son, who would be spending nearly a month in the Mediterranean sun. Michael has been training mainly with his Kapiti Special Olympics team, but has also been to training camps around New Zealand to learn combinations with his new team-mates. He was in Nelson last week, because Christchurch has had the issues with the quake, and he said they had to train for up to eight hours a day. He was only familiar with one Wellington player in the squad, the rest being from other parts of the country. Michael will fly out of Wel- lington on June 13, connecting with the rest of the squad in Auckland and flying to Greece. The Games run from June 25 to July 4. He returns to New Zealand on July 6, and is hoping to have a medal draped around his neck. Kapiti stars hook further honours Award-winner: John Hook, receiving a Kapiti sports official of the year award this month, added the Wellington title to his collection last week. By BEN STRANG Two Kapiti people were honoured at Wednesday s Wellington Sportsper- son of the Year awards. Blind cyclist Jayne Parsons won the Disabled Athlete of the Year award, while Paekakariki Surf Life Saving Club official John Hook claimed Official of the Year. Runner Hamish Carson and for- mer Waikanae man Stephen Kearney missed out on the emerging athlete and coach of the year awards. Hook has been involved with Paekakariki Surf Life Saving Club since 1975, competing through to 1994, and officiating since 1987. He was stoked to have been recognised at the Kapiti awards and then in Wellington. Hook has filled a string of top roles in surf lifesaving events, including chief referee for the North Island, South Island and New Zealand surf rescue championships in the past year. His officiating has also taken him overseas, including the post of chief referee at an international event in Egypt last year. With official numbers low in the sport in New Zealand, he has no plans to stop. It is pretty good in Paekakariki for official numbers actually, we are one of the best in Wellington. I don t think I will stop anytime soon. I would like to do more national and international events in the future. Parsons award comes after she cleaned up at the Kapiti Sportsper- sons of the Year Awards, taking out the disabled, sportswoman and supreme awards. It is a huge honour to have won the award, and to have actually been here to accept it, she said. I live, eat and sleep training so it is really nice to be recognised for that. She said it was important for her to recognise the other nominees in her class, and even more humbling than winning the award was talking to a fellow nominee. He came with his family and seemed really disappointed to lose, but I talked to him about how he was only 20, and that he would be back here again in the future. Parsons next competes at the Para-cycling Road World Champion- ships in Denmark in September. Will the south rise up again? The annual North versus South rugby match will be played at the Levin Domain next Monday. The Queen s Birthday clash will pit the best players from southern clubs, Toa, Paraparaumu, Rahui and Waikanae, against the best from north- ern clubs Athletic, Shannon and Foxton. The match acts as a trial for selectors to look at players for the representative Heartland Cham- pionships team. The dominance of southern teams in the prem- ier rugby competition has resulted in South dominating the fixture in recent times. However, community rugby manager Aleni Feagaiga said the resurgence of Levin Athletic, and stronger Foxton and Shannon teams may lead to a more even contest on Monday. Waiopehu College First XV will play their Horowhenua College counterparts in a curtain raiser at 1pm, with the North-South game kicking off at 2.45pm.
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