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Upper Hutt Leader : June 15th 2011
45 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 15, 2011 SPORT 3797748AA Charity FUNDRAISER ONLINE AUCTION Sella.co.nz Click on Featured charities 2010 St George Illawarra NRL Championship Jersey -- signed Proud to support the Mad Butchers online charity auction Plus more -- ONLINE AUCTION sella.co.nz Team Jacket -- signedby Lowndes and Whincup Ihave put some of my personal sports memorabilia collection up for auction at sella.co.nz with all proceeds going to the governments Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO PICK UP SOME VERY SPECIAL ITEMS AND SUPPORT A GREAT CAUSE. Sir Peter Leitch 2011 Crusaders Jersey -- signed SIGNED All Black Jersey Vodafone Racing 2010 4 Nations NZ Kiwis Jersey -- signed 2010 Parramatta Eels Jersey -- signed LIMITED EDITION Proud supporters of local rugby league WRL Premiership Saturday 18th June Reserves 1pm Premiers 2.30pm Porirua v Randwick Ascot Park St George v University Cannons Creek Petone v Te Aroha McEwan Park Upper Hutt v Wainuiomata Whakatiki Street For all other draws visit our website To receive the weekly e-newsletter with all Wellington Rugby League news & events email firstname.lastname@example.org 3732841AE Coach has high hopes Special times: Dave Burrowes''I find it very rewarding.'' Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS By COLIN WILLIAMS Local coach Dave Burrowes was yester- day headed for Athens and his second stint as head coach of the New Zealand Special Olympics swimming team. Mr Burrowes, who four years ago took a team of nine to Shang- hai for a 19-medal haul, is confident his six- person squad will also deliver at the Special Olympics 2011 World Summer Games. The long time prop- erty supervisor at Fergusson Intermedi- ate, has been a swim- ming instructor for a quarter of a century and a coach to special sports people, with a range of difficulties from Downs to autism to aspergers, for the last 14. His swimmers, who will compete in dis- tances from 25 metres to 1500, are from all round the country and a lot of the coaching is by telephone and by ending out programmes . A recent weekend camp in Palmerston North was the last pre- Athens get-together and was very encourag- ing, the volunteer coach says. Mr Burrowes, who first started his coaching at the Upper Hutt Swim Club and who now coaches part- time at Tog Zone, first got into special athlete coaching following an approach by a Fergusson Intermedi- ate parent. And he has never stopped. I find it rewarding,'' he says. Things can be diffi- cult at times but on the whole the swimmers are pretty easy to coach and very disciplined about what they do,'' he says. The Special Olympics 2011 World Summer Games, with a 35-strong New Zealand side, begins on June 20. Salute to a sports broadcast legend SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Imentioned to a youngish radio producer the other day that I'd been to Dunedin to help Peter Sellers celebrate his 90th birthday. Is he still going? I saw a film of his the other day. He was great,'' was the reply. The producer thought I was talking about the talented Eng- lish actor -- who died in 1980 -- and had no idea who the New Zealand Peter Sellers was. A pity. Peter Sellers is a legend of New Zealand sports broadcasting. He worked for Radio New Zealand from 1952 to 1986, in Wellington for a start then, from 1958, in Dunedin. With his flat, gravelly voice, he became instantly identifiable to a generation of sports fans. From the early 1960s until 1975 he also fronted a popular tele- vision sports programme. Though his legs have gone on him in the last year or so, Peter is as sharp as ever and loves to talk about sport. It doesn't mat- ter if it's this season's titanic Blues-Crusaders clashes, the baseball Black Sox scandal of 1919, Joe Louis or Brian Lara. He keeps up with it all. Six journalists -- Keith Quinn, Grant Nisbett, John McBeth, Bill Francis, Tony Johnson and I -- plus cricket statistician War- wick Larkins helped Peter cel- ebrate his birthday. A lot of stories were told, but we agreed on one thing: the much-told story of the bloody pies'' incident at Athletic Park has been vastly over-exposed. It was funny in 1956, but has been re-told and distorted so much since that it simply doesn't do him justice. There was a vast amount more to Peter's career than the pies story. He was at his best inter- viewing visiting sports stars. As Radio Sport does today, he was responsible for interviews with hundreds of these stars, ranging from Don Bradman and Eddie Charlton to Jesse Owens and Mark Spitz. Amazingly, he corresponded with many of them afterwards. The walls of his apartment are dotted with letters and signed cards of not only sports stars, but also actors and musicians -- Peter has always been a devoted follower of Hollywood and some American music. What has always stood out has been his memory. Peter Snell, 24 minutes, he was great; Coney 11 minutes under the grandstand, he was interesting; Whineray, 28 minutes, he was marvellous, Jesse Owens, 16 minutes 36 seconds.'' Peter left Wellington long ago and seldom returns. He doesn't fly (strange considering he was once an airline steward), but remains vitally interested in Wellington. He wears a Rongo- tai College badge every day of his life. He asks eagerly about Wellington rugby. He was born in Lyall Bay -- So were Lofty Blomfield and Bob Scott, you know'' -- and as a youngster spent much of his time at the Basin Reserve, Ath- letic Park or at the Town Hall. Wellington is still very much a part of him. The English are proud of their Peter Sellers. But we've got one who, in his own field, is more than a match.
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