Central Leader : March 23rd 2011
10 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 23, 2011 NEWS 2 pairs of complete frames and single vision lenses for $99 Ph 309 3900 237 Symonds St Eden Terrace email@example.com www.edeneye.co.nz or1for$59 Conditions apply 3 PLUS....Affordable battery replacement service! OPEN 7 DAYS Gruqo Iktnu Itcooct Uejqqn QRGP OQTPKPI for prospective students and their parents THURSDAY, 31 March 2011 Sessions at 8.45am and 10.45am (approx. 90 mins) Please meet at the Hall to be welcomed by the Principal 4234 Crrnkecvkqp hqtou yknn dg cxckncdng kp Lwpg yyy0giiu0uejqqn0p¦ Kpswktkgu rjqpg 852 7;85 Blind cyclist seeks more partners to guide him By AMY McGILLIVRAY It takes two: Blind cyclist Rob Matthews needs more cycling partners like William Harris to train with. Photo: JASON OXENHAM A world-class runner who has set 22 world records and com- peted at seven Paralympic Games has turned his focus to cycling. Rob Matthews, 49, is com- mitted to making it to the top of his new sport but he needs help. The Kohimarama resident is totally blind so requires cyclists to guide him when he hits the roads. Matthews sits at the back of his tandem bike and leaves the steering up to his riding partner, known as the pilot. As I am blind I can't just go out cycling on the roads whenever I want, I rely on guides' commitment to train,'' he says. The sports massage thera- pist and motivational speaker is working towards this month's Tour of Northland and is planning to compete in the Oceania Championships, the Para-cycling Road World Cup and the World Cham- pionships this year. But his focus is on the 2012 London Paralympics. My intention is to medal for New Zealand at my eighth Paralympic Games in London.'' He needs to ride upwards of 500km a week in prep- aration for these events. I've always found it diffi- cult to find people fast enough and willing enough to run with me. I thought cyc- ling would be easier,'' he says. But it has proved far from easy. Pilots do not need to be top level cyclists, he says. They just need to be a reasonable cyclist, confident on the bike, able to guide me and willing to give it a go.'' William Harris is one of Matthews' pilots, and says it is different riding tandem but it does not take long to adjust. He's been riding with Matthews for about a year and loves it. It's awesome. It gets you fit,'' he says. Matthews inherited reti- nitis pigmentosa from his father which means his sight slowly deteriorated through- out his youth, leaving him totally blind by 20. That has only made him more determined. I had a choice to make and I decided to get on with my life and make the most of it,'' Matthews says. The father-of-two has rep- resented Great Britain in every Paralympic Games between 1980 and 2004, win- ning eight golds, four silvers and one bronze. He met Princess Diana four times and has met the Queen three times, one of which was when he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1987. He moved to New Zealand five years ago to marry Auck- lander Sarah Kerr after meeting her while holidaying here. It was after he narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Beijing Paralympics with the New Zealand team that the dedicated athlete took up cycling. I realised there was nothing more that I could really achieve or do.'' He competed in his first triathlon in late 2009 and took part in his first inter- national cycling competition last year. Matthews loves the speed and competition of cycling but says it is also a great way to experience the country. I'd really love to cycle from one end to the other of New Zealand and really get the feel of the country more.'' Email rob@robmat thewsmbe.com if you are interested in cycling with Rob. Man injured on cherry picker A man in his early 30s suffered serious head injuries while on a cherry picker last week. St John communi- cations manager Linda Donaldson says staff responded to the acci- dent in Avondale at 11am on March 17. The critically injured man was taken to Auck- land Hospital. Fire communications centre shift manager Scott Osmond says the incident took place at Avondale College when a person became trapped by the machine. Chris MacCauley of Alliance Construction says the company was working on a major proj- ect at the school when the accident happened. There was an incident with a painting subcon- tractor in a cherry picker. Nobody saw what happened.'' The worker is expected to make a full recovery.
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