Western Leader : November 4th 2010
23 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 4, 2010 SPORT New Sox: Green Bay High School's Beth Stavert has gone from pitching in the backyard to pitching for the White Sox. NZ selection is sweet for 16-year-old pitcher By TUREI MACKEY It has been a rapid rise for young softball pitcher Beth Stavert. The Green Bay High School student has been selected for the White Sox -- the senior women's national squad. The White Sox will compete in the Gillies Shield Series in Australia in November and December. Stavert, 16, says she was shocked when head coach Naomi Shaw called her to confirm her selection. I heard they were going to put some of the junior representatives into the squad for development purposes but I never thought I would be one of those players,'' she says. The Western Magpies pitcher has been in fine form for her club in recent times, winning the top pitch- ing award at the Waitakere Bears Classic tournament over Labour Weekend. She says her success can be put down to working hard since she took on pitching as a 12-year-old. I have always had the confidence to pitch but it has been a work in progress over the years,'' she says. Being a pitcher you have to do extra training if you want to make the top side.'' Stavert's hard work also gave her the chance to compete in the United States with the Arizona Hot Shots under-16 team in the under-16 national championships. The side finished fifth overall but Stavert enjoyed the chance to see the Grand Canyon state. It was so different and basically the opposite of what New Zealand is with its deserts and cacti. Everyone has these huge cars and everything has to be big.'' Judge Jane: Western Heights resident Jane Reason is now qualified to judge at the artistic roller skating world championships. She's a world class judge By TUREI MACKEY She has earned the right to judge others -- in her sport of course. Jane Reason has obtained an international judging commission in artistic roller skating. It means the 47-year-old can now officially judge at the sport's annual world championships. She is one of only three New Zea- landers to have that qualification. The Western Heights resident has been judging the sport for 27 years and already has a class one commission to judge national and Oceania events. Daughters Samantha and Sarah also compete in the sport. To earn the international com- mission Reason had to sit a lengthy exam which consisted of eight essays, in which she had to answer a number of questions covering roller sports. It took three hours for me to fin- ish it,'' she says. But when I got the email from my examiner saying I had passed and achieved excellent in the pro- cess, I was relieved.'' She says the way to judge artistic roller skating is to balance the tech- nical requirements alongside the flow of the performance. It is a subjective sport -- it is what you like rather than how fast a person can run or swim. You judge on if they are moving in time with the music but the artis- tic side comes down to more of a gut feeling.'' The Auckland-Waitakere Roller Sports club member will attend this year's world championships in Portugal this month -- but as a team manager. We have a new junior team that will be going over there and for a lot of them it will be their first time on the international dance floor.'' Ethan's new bike proves a winner Winner: Waitakere's Ethan Martens was unbeatable on his debut ride with the Yamaha YZ125. Photo: ANDY MCGECHAN, BIKESPORTNZ.COM It was a hat-trick debut for Waita- kere's Ethan Martens at the Labour Weekend motocross ex- travaganza at Taupo. The 18-year-old Waitakere rider only picked up his new bike five days before the 24th annual event. I had two quick rides on it dur- ing the week just to get a feel for it,'' he says. And then I was lining up to race at Taupo.'' Martens surprised everybody by qualifying fastest in the talent- packed 125cc class despite still coming back from an injured shoulder. My shoulder had been really bad and I'd been on the sidelines for three months,'' Martens says. I just wanted to see if it would hold together.'' The first race was the toughest for Martens. He was blocked early on but fought his way to the front and passed national junior champion Dion Picard to take the win. The first race wasn't easy since I had to come from a long way back.'' The final two races of the day were no problem as Martens cruised for two more wins. I'm really surprised with how well I went,'' he says.
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