Western Leader : February 25th 2011
19 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 SPORT 3322287AD Lynette Adams Chief Executive ADVERTISING FEATURE Waitakere Sportsmen Honoured It was a proud moment for Waitakere when Michael Jones and Bill Baillie were inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame at this year s Westpac Halberg Awards. This week Id like to pay tribute to these two amazing sportsmen, who we are proud to claim as Westes. A Henderson High School rugby and basketball celebrity, Michael Jones was destned for stardom from the frst tme he made the Auckland side as a 20 year old. Michael was the frst All Black loose forward to play 50 test matches. He scored 13 test tries and of these, one was the frst try in the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987. His pace, athletcism, ball skills and a punishing tackle meant he has been referred to as one of the most gifed rugby players of all tme. He was inducted into the Internatonal Rugby Hall of Fame in 2003. Michael is a marvelous role model oﬀ the feld as well. Michael gained two university degrees and contnues to support sport through his involvement with both Manu Samoa and Pacifc Island rugby teams. He is also commited to the Waitakere community and has been instrumental in the development of the Village Community Trust which assists Maori and Pacifc youth to reach their potental. Our other hero, Bill Baillie, began his running career at Lynndale Athletcs Club, training under Arthur Lydiard. He ran many miles around Scenic Drive with his team mates who included Peter Snell and Murray Halberg. Bills most memorable successes were setng two world records the 20,000 metres and the one hour race, where he ran 12 miles 960 yards and 7 inches. He competed for New Zealand at Olympic and Empire Games between 1954 and 1966, excelling over distances ranging from 880 yards to 10,000 metres. He also won 15 Natonal ttles across track, road and cross country events Bill retred from internatonal athletcs in 1967 but has gone on to achieve success in Veterans athletcs in 800m, 1500m, triathlon, duathlon and marathon events. He has deser vedly been referred to as the Iron Man of New Zealand running. Both Michael and Bill have been recognised on Waitakeres own Watyl Wall of Fame, which can be viewed on Level 1 of The Trusts Stadium. These two incredible athletes have achieved at the highest level of sport I thank you both for your contributon to sport. Coach dives into Auckland summer By TUREI MACKEY New coach: Aurelie Gibson is the new head coach for the Waitakere diving club. Photo: TUREI MACKEY A moment of chance has seen a Canadian diving coach move her family from the freezing winters of Calgary, Alberta, to the much warmer conditions in Henderson. And if all goes to plan Aurelie Gibson is hoping to be out west for a few more years to come. The veteran diving coach, who has been involved with the sport for more than 30 years, has been brought over by both the Waitakere and North Harbour diving clubs. She will be tasked with the role of developing the area's diving talent and promoting the sport in schools around Auckland. She saw the job advertised while doing some research for a coaching course in Canada. The job description was everything that I had done and all they needed was someone to help the pro- gramme,'' she says. So my goal is to take what is already here and collec- tively make it better.'' Mrs Gibson moved to New Zealand just over a month ago with her husband Brad and five-year-old son Taid- hgin and is already enjoying her experience. I have had more warm days here than in my past three years in Calgary. Obviously Taidhgin was the one we were worried about but he has settled in and our friends' kids have helped with that.'' In the past, the 42-year-old has had 19 coaches and 250 children under her watch and believes there is no reason why the Waitakere and North Harbour clubs cannot be as successful. We have six coaches right now and New Zealand has a schools programme with more than 150 kids in the Auckland region. I can't see why we can't be the best club in New Zealand with great facilities like West Wave.'' She says the sport is per- fect for those looking for a real challenge. It is a true technical artis- tic sport which relies on power, grace, agility, co- ordination, guts and the ability to get back on the board after missing a dive.'' West clubs in good shape In charge: Waitakere City will be looking for outright points against Grafton United. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Both west Auckland cricket clubs performed well in round seven of the two-day compe- tition. A fighting century from all- rounder Victor Davies helped Suburbs New Lynn to a respect- able first innings tally against Eden-Roskill. Davies, with the assistance of Hendro Puchert's 48, helped right the Suburbs innings after Eden-Roskill had them at 61/4. He brought up his hundred off 117 balls with 13 fours and three sixes. It was a much needed innings as Eden-Roskill off-spinner Navdeep Aujla (5/67) had the home side in trouble for much of the match. Waitakere City took the honours on day one of their clash with Grafton United as they need only another 158 runs with 10 wickets in hand for first innings points. Grafton struggled batting first at Te Atatu Park with Tony Manning (52) the only player to make it past the half-century mark. English youngster Aaron Jeavons proved his worth again as he picked up 4/22 to help Wai- takere restrict Grafton to 173/9 declared. They negotiated the final few overs of the day to reach 16/0. See Auckland Stuff editor Justin Latif recieve a crash course in the art of diving at www.western leader.co.nz IN BRIEF Cycling The tenders for the national Cycling Centre of Excellence are currently being reviewed by Sport and Recreation New Zealand. The closing date was February 11 and a shortlist is expected to be announced on March 8. There are seven regions bidding for the cycling venue including Henderson's Trusts Stadium which is the Auckland bid. Sparc chief executive Peter Miskimmin said evaluation of the tenders would begin immediately. Futsal Week 11 of the Vikings futsal league saw the top two sides clash yet again. World United came out on top with another late winner to claim a 4-3 victory against Boom Dynamite. World United are now eight points clear at the top of the table. Slippery FC moved into second position after claiming all the points in a 5-3 win against Team Westies. Cuba Libero continue to close the gap on fifth placed AC Miuayga after defeating them 9-5 in the highest scoring match of the round. Le Futsal got their second draw of the season against Morningside Express as the two teams finished 5-5. Morningside have now have drawn three games this season. Honved NZ defeated Crum Park Rangers 5-3.
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