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Upper Hutt Leader : November 9th 2011
55 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 9, 2011 SPORT Demanding circuit popular Lapping it up: Riders turn the corner at Silverstream School after completing a lap of the Tour de Whitemans cycle event on Sunday. Photo: PETER MCDONALD More than 300 riders turned out for the Cycle Centre Tour de Whitemans on Sunday morning. The event has completed its sixth year and is now well established on the road cycling calendar and seen as a good run-in ride for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge three weeks later. The day sees riders completing one, two or three laps of the Whitemans Valley circuit including the demanding Blue Mountains climb. The 100 kilometre three-lap fea- ture produced an exciting three- way finish, probably the closest ever, with Tristan Thomas (2h 35m 08s) a hundredth of a second in front of Stuart Houltham who was the same margin ahead of the third- placed Andy Hagan, last year s win- ner. Silverstream s Kim Hamer- Hurst won the womens category in 2.50.05, more than ten seconds clear of Candice Pretorious. The Tour de Whitemans is organised by the the Lions Club of Silverstream and attracts strong community support and sponsor- ship and a team of 75 volunteers, including race marshalls.Organ- isers announced to a receptive post- race audience that $10,000 was raised and ear marked for com- munity spending by the Lions Charitable Trust. 'Racist' caddy too big for his golf shoes SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Ian Thorpe s comeback to top swimming, Alex Ferguson s 25 years in charge of Manchester United, Chris Martin taking his 200th test wicket -- there have been plenty of good stories to dwell on lately. But then Steve Williams comes charging into the fray. Attending an awards roast for caddies while in Shanghai, Williams couldn t resist another crack at former employer and friend Tiger Woods. Williams was given a mock award for Celebration of the Year for his over-the-top comments after the Bridgestone Invitational a few months ago. That s when his new pro, Adam Scott, won the tournament and Williams described it as his greatest win, overlooking the 13 Majors Woods won while Williams carried his bag. The comment caused incredulity and the next day Williams backed down big-time, saying he d got carried away with the moment. He must have got carried away again in Shanghai, when he explained he was so happy with Scott s win because it was my aim to shove it right up that black ...hole. The comment defied belief. Compared to Williams, Labour s David Cunliffe was posi- tively charming when he said: If Judith Col- lins was the last woman on Earth the species would probably become extinct. Williams was classless and racist. And he seems to believe he does the winning on the golf course, not the golfer. It was as if he was trying to attract atten- tion by being as outrageously offensive as possible. Didn t he know that foot-in-mouth broad- caster Paul Henry already had the $1 million breakfast gig with Channel Ten in Australia sewn up? Soon there was the mandatory Williams apology. On reflection he could see how his comments could be construed as racist . Three years ago Williams ran off at the mouth and described Phil Mickelson as a prick . He apologised then too, on Woods instructions, and explained he d been joking. Woods and Williams have had a bitter break-up after 12 years as the most success- ful golfer/caddy partnership in history. Williams is clearly aggrieved. But the way he s acting, he s making those porn actresses, cocktail waitresses and pole dancers Woods was linked with while married seem like class acts. Most of them, despite being treated with contempt by Woods, have kept their dignity by saying little. Williams can t let it go. What s really bizarre is that he s just a caddy. He carries the clubs. Caddies can be important, bolstering a golfer s confidence, and advising on club choice and tactics. But the golfer wins the tournament. That point seems to elude Williams, who is acting like a child, not a 47-year-old. There are lots of break-ups in sport. Surely it s better when the bad blood is spilled in private. Valerie Adams and Kirsten Hellier haven t had much publicly to say about their split. Jonah Lomu and Phil Kingsley Jones parted ways and offered very little by way of expla- nation. We in the media like a bit of juice. But it really is often like reporting on a spat between four-year-olds in a playground. It s advisable to retain your dignity and move on with your career. Adam Scott is a decent and under-stated bloke, a top Aussie. I wouldn t be surprised if he feels enough is enough and dispenses with Williams services quick-smart. Golden gymnastics Standout: Aimee Sanson. The Rimutaka Gymsports club was well represented at the National Gymnastics competition in Timaru last weekend with three locals selected for the Wellington team. Aimee Sanson and Olivia Browne both competed in the event s Step 6 compe- tition while Emma Shanks was in Timaru as the travelling reserve for the Step 5 team. Emma did not get a chance to compete this time, but thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience, while Olivia performed strongly on the day, completing all her skills well. Aimee was a standout performer, turn- ing in a very successful competition and taking out two gold medals. On day one, the apparatus day, Aimee came first on the floor with a score of 13.950. She followed up the next day with a second gold, after gathering a total of 53.850 (13.40 on the vault, 13.60 on the uneven bars, 13.00 on the beam and 13.850 on the floor). Aimee, Olivia and Emma will all move up a step next year and all will look to represent Wellington, and Rimutaka Gymsports, at next year s nationals. Team misses target The New Zealand rifle shooting team, which included several top marksmen and coaches based at Trentham s Seddon Range, have once again found the international prize of the Palma trophy to be disappointingly elusive. The team also competed in the four- yearly World Long Range Shooting Championships at Brisbane over several days of competition. The event consisted of a World Individual match, shot over three days at 800, 900 and 1000 yards ahead of a top 10 final shoot-off at 1000 yards. Nine of the Kiwi side picked up top 50 badges, with Diane Collings the best at 24. The two-day Palma team compe- tition, regarded as long-range shooting s most prestigious team trophy, is contested between Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Unfortunately, the New Zealand team had to accept its mixed results and that Great Britain s almost total domination of the Palma was to continue. The trophy proved well out of reach, with Great Britain having a consider- able margin from South Africa and the US team, with New Zealand trailing in sixth. Before the World Champs the Australia Queens (National Champs) competition was held at the same range, with Karl Valpy the best of the Kiwis in 34th place. New Zealand also had a team in the under-25 competition for the first time and they could have been considered unlucky not to pick up a bronze medal.
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