Western Leader : January 26th 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Thursday, January 26, 2012 Family fun: John, right, and Britten Somerville are regular riders at the Waitakere BMX club's track in Ranui. Photo: TUREI MACKEY Bonding over BMX By TUREI MACKEY FATHERS usually get involved in their children's sports as umpires or coaches. But John Somerville decided to get immersed. The 42-year-old took to the track at the Waitakere BMX club last year -- the same club his 10-year-old son Britten has been with for four years. I never did BMX as a kid but enjoyed watching as a spectator here so thought I might as well give it a crack myself,'' he says. I've got to say, the kids make it look easy. Just get- ting over the first jump with- out falling off is an art in itself.'' The Somerville family joins several at Waitakere BMX who are involved in the Auck- land championships being held at the Ranui club on Saturday. Paul Morrow returned to BMX several years ago with his two sons Damon and Jayden and says there aren't many sports where parents can take part with their chil- dren. It is a good source of fit- ness and to be able to do any- thing alongside your children is special,'' Mr Morrow says. Around 220 riders will compete including Britten who is looking to improve on his ninth place finish from last year. I'm looking for fourth or fifth this time round especially as I know the home track inside out,'' he says. John won't be racing at this year's championships because he's part of the organising committee. I will be making sure all the riders are ready to go and ensuring the event runs smoothly. On the day I will be behind the scenes a lot.'' The club is wanting good results from members like Paul Morrow and Brad and Emma Gates while club president Robin Atkinson is hoping the Ranui track will be in good condition. The championships will serve as a farewell to the club's aging racetrack. We are just happy to be having the event and want to make sure it is successful. We haven't had one for a while, not since 2009. We are just polishing the track to make it more friendly for the younger riders, especially the five year-olds.'' Talks are already under way to upgrade the venue with plans to complete any refurbishments by next year. We have formed a group with all of the other cycling codes with the aim to create a cycling hub in west Auck- land,'' he says. We want to have a track that meets national require- ments so we are looking into rebuilding the current track or building a new one.'' Go to www.waitakere- bmx.com for more information on the Auckland BMX Champs. IN BRIEF Body found Police found the body of Zebedee Pua who went missing from O'Neills Bay on January 19. The 15-year-old was swept out to sea while swimming with his brother at the bay, near Bethells Beach. Police and surf lifeguards searched for him this week and the police Eagle helicopter found his body at Kirikiri Bay, north of Bethells Beach, at about 5pm on Tuesday. Explosion Residents and customers at the Green Bay shops were forced to flee the area after an explosion at a suspected methamphetamine laboratory on Monday night. Five fire trucks were called to the blaze on Godley Rd around 5.30pm after a member of the public noticed fire coming from the residential flat above Golden Crown Takeaways. Fire safety officer Ray Coleman says fire crews spent an hour putting out the blaze which caused severe damage to the kitchen area of the small flat. ''It would appear that the flat was used for drug manufacturing,'' he says. ''It had the chemicals and paraphernalia used for that kind of stuff.'' Mr Coleman says the fire was caused by a vapour explosion. Detective sergeant Peter Litherland from the Waitakere CIB says police are investigating the possibility that the flat was the site of a methamphetamine laboratory. ''We would like to speak to two males who were seen to leave immediately after the fire started.'' Mr Litherland says police are still investigating the scene of the fire. The two businesses on the building's ground floor are already back up and running. Golden Crown Takeaways owner William Wong says he's missed out on some business but he's happy to get his property cleared by a health inspector.
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