Central Leader : January 18th 2013
www.centralleader.co.nz 5 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 18, 2013 NEWS GET UP AND PORTS OF AUCKLAND ROUND THE BAYS 2013 SUNDAY 10TH MARCH TRAINING STARTS 21ST JANUARY Download a training schedule from roundthebays.co.nz wers now and quote 2 20K Te Pai Place, Henderson Blinds Vertical • Holland • Venetian • Wooden • Sunscreen BUY DIRECT FROM THE FACTORY! • Australian Design Award • Uniline's Unique 5 Year Warranty •Saveupto50% off retail price C C C C C C C C C C C Cal l ll ll ll ll ll ll ll ll ll Window Answ For a free measure a Tel: 836 6222 20K Te Pai Place He off retail price www.windowanswers.co.nz or email email@example.com We have a special service for locals and repairs for blinds Roller Blinds from $50 +GST pick up only (choice of fabrics while stock last) 4330301AA Career 9090 Smokefree plan for public parks Those wanting to light up in Albert-Eden's parks will need to think again. The Albert-Eden Local Board's smokefree policy for public parks, re- serves, sports fields and playgrounds came into force on January 1. There is no bylaw ban- ning smoking and the policy relies on the public complying voluntarily. Compliance and sup- port will come through raising awareness of the changes, general social pressure and people's desire to do the right thing, we believe,'' the board deputy chair- woman Margi Watson says. We are doing this to make positive change for the community at large, not make criminals out of people in our com- munity who smoke,'' she says. Smokefree signs were installed in some of the area's bigger parks between Christmas and New Year. The board is still in the process of installing notices in smaller parks. Auckland's regional parks have been smoke- free since 2010. Gifts for the needy Visitors to Motat donated more than 6000 gifts to fam- ilies supported by the Auck- land City Mission and Bar- nardos over Christmas. Throughout December visitors were invited to pur- chase and donate a present from the gift shop instead of paying an admission fee. Donated goodies were gift- ed through the Auckland City Mission and Barnardos to families in need. Gold coin donations from the Motat Nights, Christmas Lights events, which saw almost 8000 people through the doors, were also used to buy gifts for the charities. The total value of the gifts donated this year was up by almost 50 per cent on the previous year. Motat takes pride in being a community-focused organisation, which includes educating children and also putting our efforts behind fantastic initiatives such as this,'' marketing manager Diana Wharton says. Auckland City Mission chief executive Diane Rob- ertson says the gifts were well received. Olympic festival calls teen rower Aussie bound: Lucy Jonas is competing in New Zealand's rowing squad at the biennial Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney this week. By RACHEL STURGES It was a bittersweet moment for Mt Eden teenager Lucy Jonas when she heard she was on the rowing squad to compete at the biennial Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney this week. Lucy did not expect to be called up but another rower was injured in training. The five-day multisport festival hosted by the Aust- ralian Olympic Committee began on Wednesday. It's intended to give young elite athletes an Olympic-like experience. More than 1700 athletes from 30 countries will be competing in 17 sports over five days. Mum Tracey Baird says her daughter was excited and nervous and shocked''. But she had also been training with that girl for a week and she had a lot of sympathy for her.'' The New Zealand team of 166 athletes is the third largest after Australia and China and as well as rowing will be competing in sports including athletics, triath- lon, canoe/kayak sprint and slalom, and swimming. The Epsom Girls Gram- mar School year 13 student started rowing for the school in year 9 and recently won a gold medal representing Auckland in Queensland. Ms Baird says the family is really proud'' of their daughter. She's very young to be in that situation and it's going to be a fantastic experience, it's all a bit daunting.'' Lucy is staying in an ath- letes village, attending the opening ceremony and com- peting on the Olympic row- ing course. Probably as close a case to the actual Olympics as she can get,'' Ms Baird says. New Zealand Rowing high performance manager Judith Hamilton is in charge of the young rowing squad in Sydney. She says the increasing popularity of row- ing at grassroots level has meant that they have more athletes to select from. It raises the standard. I guess that's a really good place to be, they're coming in at a slightly higher level than they otherwise would have,'' she says. She says it was fantastic that Lucy was ready and able'' to join the squad at such short notice. She fitted in really well. It's great.'' Ms Baird says Lucy's achievements in rowing at a national and international level are not only due to her own hard work and dedi- cation but to the rowing coa- ches at Epsom Girls Gram- mar School. It's the club and the coa- ches who have got her where she is. They are fantastic coa- ches and the support they've given her, that's what really got her there.''
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