Western Leader : February 9th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 9 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 9, 2012 NEWS With a grand piano, two touring bikes, and three visiting grandchildren I T'S AMAZING THAT FIT IT ALLI n Joy and Bruce Crabtree moved into their new retirement apartment at Selwyn Heights Village two years ago. Bruce was working then as the Captain of the Devonport Ferry. They brought their bikes to train for their annual expeditions -- most recently across England and Wales, an 1100km journey. Their sunny, spacious two bedroom Selwyn Heights apartment has been the perfect base for their adventures, with room enough for Joy's grand piano and visits from their three grandchildren. If you want to live life to the full like the Crabtrees, call us on 0800 4 SELWYN (0800 473 5996) for a tour of Selwyn Heights Village, 42 Herd Rd, Hillsborough, or visit www.selwyncare.org.nz for details. Selwyn Village is part of The Selwyn Foundation, a faith-based, not-for-profit charitable trust. All occupation licences for units at the village will be secured by a first-ranking encumbrance over the village land in favour of the Statutory Supervisor. 3172 The Selwyn Foundation Faith • Care • Independence • Wellness Joy and Bruce Crabtree at Selwyn Heights Village Selwyn Heights Open Day 10-3pm Sunday • Great range of 2 bdrm still available • Talk to us for McElroy apartment deals Kiwi gets contract with US sevens By TUREI MACKEY Going pro: Roland Suniula is one of the first players to be given a contract from USA Rugby. Photo: GRANT DOWN/PHOTOSPORT He still has a strong Kiwi accent but Roland Suniula is an American pioneer when it comes to rugby in the United States. The 25-year-old from west Auckland is one of the first players to receive a fulltime professional contract from USA Rugby as the organis- ation prepares for sevens rugby at the summer Olympics of 2016. The 23 players will be based at the national Olym- pic training centre in Califor- nia. USA Rugby chief executive Nigel Melville says making the men's and women's national sevens squads full- time is a crucial step for the sport in the United States. There are so many advantages to living and training in a high- performance environment year-round with fulltime coaches, trainers, dieticians, sports psychologists, and so on,'' he says. It really is necessary if the USA are to be on the rugby podium in 2016.'' Roland and his younger brother Shalom signed con- tracts last month and played for the US national sevens team at the Wellington Sevens on the weekend. The team didn't have a tournament to remember, going winless in all five matches. Roland, Shalom and sibling Andrew were raised in west Auckland and attended Kelston Boys' High School but the three are eligible to play for the United States because they were born in American Samoa. All three have represented USA on the sevens rugby cir- cuit while Roland and Andrew were members of the USA Eagles that competed at last year's Rugby World Cup. I am committed to a sevens contract for only this season which allows me to keep working on securing a career in the 15-man game,'' Roland says. But those who were offered contracts only picked up rugby in the last few years with most coming from Amer- ican football where they trained everyday. So this allows them to con- tinue in that environment while enhancing their skills and bonding as a team,'' he says. Roland is now based at a San Diego club and is hopeful that rugby union will trans- form into a fully fledged pro- fessional sport in the United States. Other second-tier sports like soccer and lacrosse were amateur at one point and now have professional leagues.''
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