Kapi-Mana News : January 22nd 2013
37 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 22, 2013 SPORT Tickets available at Ticketek outlets or call 0800 Ticketek or www.ticketek.co.nz PHOENIX JETS Sunday 27 January 4.30pm Westpac Stadium DURANTE v HESKEY v 5065533AA @metlinkwgtn Tranz Metro -- part of the Metlink network Tawa Station and Melville Street Park and Ride closed for remedial work From Wednesday 26 December 2012 until late April 2013, the platform, shelter and pedestrian overbridge at Tawa Station are being upgraded to make it safer and prevent erosion. Trains will not stop at Tawa Station while this work is being done. ALTERNATIVE SERVICES: Temporary car park • From Monday 7 January 2013, temporary car parking is available in the marked areas of Tawa Junction in Surrey St on weekdays (except public holidays). Shuttle bus • From Monday 7 January 2012, a shuttle bus will run from the Tawa Junction temporary car park to link to an adjacent station during 6am- 9am and 3.30pm-6pm on weekdays (except public holidays). Public bus service • Existing Mana bus services Route 210 Titahi Bay and Route 211 Porirua travel along Main Road, Tawa. Walk • Redwood Station is the closest to Tawa Station and is approximately 1km or a 10 minute walk. For more information visit www.metlink.org.nz or call 0800 801 700. Young golfer aims to go professional Young champ: Cruize Wawatai has won the strokeplay section of the New Zealand Maori golf championships. It may be too early to call Cruize Wawatai the new Michael Campbell, but the 18 year old is following in more than a few of the Kiwi golfer's footsteps. Starting out in the sport six years ago, Wawatai joined hometown Titahi Golf Club, the same club Campbell once played at.He was coached by Campbell's father, Tom, before moving to Paraparaumu 18 months ago and joining the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. Earlier this month Wawatai won the New Zealand Maori Golf Association's annual cham- pionships in Taupo, an event Campbell won in 1991, and which was also won by Phil Tataurangi in 1988, 1990 and 1992. Wawatai said he has com- peted in the event for the past four years, and was close to win- ning the matchplay section two years ago. I made the semifinals two years ago, and made the semi- finals again this year. But I won the strokeplay, so that was awesome.'' Wawatai took up golf when he was 12, after caddying for his little brother at an event. He grabbed the clubs and decided to have a swing, and found he enjoyed the sport. He now has a 2 handicap, is coached by Paraparaumu Beach pro Kevin Smith, and hopes to follow in Campbell's footsteps and turn professional in a few years. Wawatai's success came three years younger than Campbell's at the NZ Maori event, and the teen also had someone special at his side. My girlfriend, Brooke Parker, she was my caddy for the tournament,'' he said. I couldn't believe she did it actually. It was awesome.'' During the next few months Wawatai will play in amateur tournaments around New Zea- land, and is No 1 in the Para- paraumu Beach senior team. He is part of the Srixon Acad- emy, with full sponsorship, while working each morning at McDonald's in Paraparaumu. Gold medallists: Proud Olympic Harriers coach Amanda Goldsmith with the champion 12-year-old boys relay team -- Patrick White, Islam Khaled-Abbas, Ben Murdoch and Finn Leary. Photo: SUPPLIED Olympic strikes gold Olympic Harriers enjoyed their most successful North Island Colgate Games ever earlier this month, col- lecting 20 medals. The event, held in Inglewood from January 4 to 6, saw almost all of the Olympic runners achieve personal bests, after plenty of work with coa- ches Amanda Goldsmith, Alastair Leslie and Juan McDonald. Eleven golds, one silver and eight bronze were won. Standout performers were Islam Khaled-Abbas and Ben Murdoch in the 12-year-old boys, Kushla Smith and Marama Butler in the 11-year- old girls, and Emerson Yee in the 12-year-old girls. Khaled finished the weekend with five golds and one bronze, winning the 100 metre, 200m and 400m finals, and was part of the 4 x 100m (with Patrick White, Ben Murdoch and Finn Leary) and mixed medley relay (with Callum Brooker, Murdoch, Olivia Aunoa and Yee) vic- tories. He earned bronze in the long jump. Smith ran extremely strongly at the Colgates, winning gold in the 800m and 1500m and silver in the 400m, all with personal best times. Yee, meanwhile, won the long jump with a distance of 4.76m and then took bronze in the high jump with 1.36m, a personal best. The club's coaching co-ordinator Jo Murray says the success is testa- ment to the wonderful group of vol- unteer parents we have at our club and the brilliant coaching team of Amanda, Alastair and Juan.''
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