Kapi-Mana News : August 30th 2011
56 KAPI-MANA NEWS, AUGUST 30, 2011 About a quarter of people aged 18 to 24 in your area are still not enrolled to vote! With the General Election and Referendum not far away it's important we can all have our say. If you know anyone not enrolled, please help by getting them an enrolment form. It's easy... CAN YOU HELP? Visit our website elections.org.nz Freetext your name and address to 3676 Freephone 0800 36 76 56 Visit any PostShop Brandon's volleyball newbies take title By ANDREA O'NEIL Beginners' pluck: Brandon Intermediate's girls' volleyball team are at the top of their game just two weeks after adopting the sport. Pictured, at back from left, are Donna-Lyn Vavega, 13, Malaea Eni, 12, Angel Faamausili, 11, Julee Mamea, 13, Sariah Penese, 12, Kuialo Aleni, 12, and at front Ayesha Vaea, 12 and Meari Rota, 12. Call it beginners' luck or uncanny skill -- Brandon Intermediate are Wellington volleyball champions two weeks after players took up the sport. The Cannons Creek school's girls' team won all their seven games at a regional intermediate- level tournament on August 19, beating half a dozen schools for the WISSA Girls' Volleyball Championship Cup. The school's boys team also impressed, coming third overall. Brandon only introduced volley- ball when they heard about the tournament in a newsletter two weeks before the tournament, school sports co-ordinator Ed Tuitapa says. Sixty boys and girls put their hands up as potential players, the number having to be cut down to teams of 11. Neither teachers nor students knew much about the sport, and Mr Tuitapa had to research the game on Wikipedia before coaching began. I thought it couldn't be that hard coaching volleyball, but I was wrong -- being a coach is never relaxed,'' he says. After a shaky start learning the rules, the teams started to show form and were on top of their game at the tournament, played at the Chinese Centre in Berhampore. The win is a big deal for the school, which has not had a repu- tation as a strong sports school in the past, Mr Tuitapa says. Winning it is very good for us, especially being the only school from Porirua.'' Brandon impressed off the court too, both teams being commended for their behaviour by tournament organisers. The girls say the tournament was awesome'' and credit their success to communication and mutual support. They find volleyball a safer game than high-contact netball, which they also play. All but one of the girls are going off to high school next year, but most think their commitment to volleyball will continue. Brandon principal Nicki Sturgeon says the teams' success comes down to the dedication of staff and the students' hard work. It's a testament to the kids and the staff that work with them,'' she says. Club backs up its young players By KAROLINE TUCKEY On the ball: Tawa Squash Club members make up a sizeable proportion of the 2011 Wellington junior representative teams. From left, Jessie-Rose Ward-Thomas, Paris Dalrymple-Mortleman, Ellen Verry and Jason van der Walt. There must be something special in the water at Tawa Squash Club -- four of the club's players have just been selected for Wellington junior representative teams. The selection gives them the opportunity to play at the national teams event in Auckland in mid- October. Paris Dalrymple-Mortleman, 15, Ellen Verry, 14, and Jessie- Rose Ward-Thomas, 14, make up half of the six-strong Wellington girls' junior team; Jason van der Walt, 16, will play for the boys' team. The club is exceptional for fostering young talent, the four agree. It's a really friendly club, and the parents are getting the kids involved,'' Ward-Thomas says. The club's family-inclusive environment, encouragement to compete, practical assistance, and large pool of talent have had a strong influence, says Dalrymple- Mortleman. This is the second year in the Wellington representative squad for her, and the first for the others. Being part of the team is an important chance for develop- ment, says van der Walt. It's definitely needed, because you get to play people you wouldn't normally get to play in the regional group.'' Selection means an extra three days of competition against some of the best players from around the country at the national teams event. However, Dalrymple- Mortleman says there will be no change to their training routine or coaching. The four are already fully devoted to squash, spending almost all their spare time on the courts, and are keen to take the sport as far as they can. They enthuse about represen- ting New Zealand, playing at the Commonwealth Games, or placing well in the British Open one day. It's pretty much get up, school, and then to the courts or the gym and then home, and that's every day -- and then weekends it'll be twice a day,'' van der Walt says.
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