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Upper Hutt Leader : November 16th 2011
53 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 16, 2011 NEWS STEVE MAHONEY SELLS UPPER HUTT FREE PROPERTY APPRAISAL free2mobile 04 212 6738 anytime Steve recommends Coleman on Main 187 Main St • 021 1668591 or 5283233 4184521AA Experienced Fair prices Fast turnaround, if possible, for hemming & alterations, Friendly service LAND FOR SALE - TENDER All Details from Mark McArthur 5277221, (0274)533701 • 10.4 Acres (4.18 ha) • Lifestyle Block or • 7 Subdivisible Lots • Separate Access • Northward Facing • Private & Sunny • Excellent views • Handy to Upper Hutt Tenders close 6th December 2011 Real Estate Ltd MREINZ Licensed Agent (REAA 2008) 4190591AA Adams unlucky to miss top award SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS I'm struggling to work out why New Zealand shot putter Val- erie Adams wasn't named 2011 Female World Athlete of the Year the other day. Awards are tricky -- they're sub- jective and often several conten- ders have overwhelming credentials. However, Adams looked hard done by. The women's winner was Aust- ralian 100m hurdler Sally Pearson, who won a world title and 11 of her 12 finals during the season, and ran the fastest hurdles time for 19 years. The other finalists were Adams and Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot, who won the world 5000m and 10,000m titles, and the world cross-country crown. But unlike the other two finalists, Adams was unbeaten during the year. She has now won 16 straight competitions since August 2010. She won the world title -- her third consecutive world crown -- and recorded the longest women's shot put throw in 11 years. It seems Adams may suffer slightly because she is still so far off the world record. Her best effort, her 21.24m monster at the world champs in Daegu this year, is far behind Russian Natalia Lisovskaya's world record of 22.63m, set in 1987, when drugs cheats ruled. Adams is only 24th on the all- time list of women's shot putters. Nearly all those ahead of her were steroids-soaked Eastern Europeans competing in the 1970s and 80s. Is the fact that records in her event are distorted because of the drugs cheats the reason Adams was overlooked? Pearson couldn't have been more complimentary of Adams at the awards ceremony in Monaco on Sunday. Expressing surprise at winning, Pearson said: Valerie dominates every time she's out there. She's the role model athlete everyone should look up to.'' Adams, just turned 27 and entering her shot put prime, has had a wonderful career, which includes three world titles, an Olympic gold medal and two Com- monwealth Games golds. She has been unbeaten throughout a season several times and at major athletics festivals in Europe is feted like a superstar. After a torrid 2010, when she changed coaches twice and endured a marriage break-up, she did superbly to bounce back so well this year. At the world champs she smashed perennial rival Belarusian Nadzeya Ostap- chuk, who was second with 20.05m. That's like a 1500m runner crossing the finish line while the rest of the field is approaching the final bend. Awards are the icing on the cake. They don't mean as much as an Olympic gold medal or a world title, but nevertheless it's nice to win them. The world athletics awards were set up in 1988, when Carl Lewis and Flor- ence Griffith Joyner were the first winners. Since then nearly all the greats have been recognised, including middle-distance man Hicham El Guerrouj and sprint king Usain Bolt (three times each) and sprinter Michael Johnson and long- distance runner Kenenisa Bekele (twice each). Pole vaulter Yelena Isin- bayeva won the women's crown three times and so did American sprinter Marion Jones, though her 2000 gong was withdrawn after drugs revelations. Other stars, including Noured- dine Morceli (1500m), Haile Gebrselassie (long distance), Mer- lene Ottey (sprints), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (heptathlon), Gab- riela Szabo (long distance) and Paula Radcliffe (marathon) have been honoured. It's a pity Adams wasn't placed on the same pedestal the other day. She deserved to be. RIFLE ASSOCIATION RESULTS Wellington Rifle Association held its annual coached teams shoot for the Union Shield last Saturday. Wind conditions were good but there was some rain. Shooting at 300, 500, 600 yards. A Grade Teams: Petone Travellers, Coach Darryl Crow; Helen Freiman, 35.04, 34.05, 34.01, 103.10; Andre Doyle, 35.03, 35.05, 34.04, 104.12; Jonno Phillipps, 35.05, 35.04, 35.04, 105.13. Total: ,312.35. Petone Wanderers,Coach Andre Doyle 308.34; Upper Hutt, Coach Martin Bradley 307.33; Onslow, Coach Trevor Oliver and Kevin Win, 306.29; Karori Brats, Coach Charlotte Flanagan 291.17. B Grade Teams: Karori, Coach Charlotte Flanagan; Richard Liddell, 35.01, 35.01,33.03, 103.05; Ewan Liddell, 35.00, 35.04, 34.05, 104.09; Nicole McKee 31.01, 34.03, 34.03, 99.07; total 306.21 Petone Lefties, Coach Barry Scott 298.18; Onslow, Coach Bernard and William Laracy ,298.15; Upper Hutt, Coach Casey Goldsmith, 295.18. F Class: Karori Team 2 total 360; Karori Team 1 358. Top Individual A Grade, Jonno Phillipps, 105.13; Rags Owens, 104.15; Darryl Crow, 104.14. Top Individual B Grade: Ewan Liddell, 104.09; Ray Vine, 104.06; Richard Liddell, 103.05. Top Individual C Grade: Lance Wilson 103.10: Wally Hewitt, 101.07; Florian Virtuso, 98.05. Top Individual F Class: Karyn Flanagan, 122; Allan Lundberg, 120; Steve Flanagan, 120. Local men urged to join bikers Upper Hutt residents vowing to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence toward women want local men to join the White Ribbon Motor- cycle Ride when it rolls into town on November 21. The ride, organised by the Families Commission, forms part of the White Ribbon cam- paign to raise awareness of, and support for, local anti-violence initiatives, specifically ending violence towards women. They will travel from Porirua via Haywards to arrive at Orongomai Marae about 10am. They leave for Featherston about noon. When the marae's social services heard that the ride would be passing through Upper Hutt they felt that the oppor- tunity to meet the riders and hear their non-violent message was something not to be missed. There's far too much violence in our society and for Upper Hutt, this is an opportunity to hear from men who care enough about this issue to ride through- out New Zealand sharing their inspiring stories,'' says Mat Davis from the marae's social services. These are tough-looking guys riding big bikes and yet here they are, coming to talk to us and show their support for a violence-free Upper Hutt. This is a really powerful way to get our people to take notice and think about how we can end the violence.'' The ride was first organised by the Families Commission in 2009 and is growing in size every year.
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