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Screaming support: From left, Hannah O'Neill, B'elanna Claydon and Amy Walker (all in Hillary House's blue uniform)
cheer on runners in the 100-metre sprint.
Green girls: From left, Madeline Smith, Sharne Molloy-Turpin and Sarah Barnes show their pride in Batten House.
Girls show support
during athletics day
The weather is not co-operating, but summer sports are under way -- just.
Ross Intermediate School held its annual track and field day last week.
Photos: Murray Wilson
Day of reckoning
set for canoe polo
By LAURA WALTERS
The Oceania Canoe Polo Champion-
ships will be held in Palmerston
North for the first time next month.
The grudge tournament between
Australia and New Zealand will run
from December 15 to 17 at
New Zealand Canoe Polo compe-
tition director and competitor,
James Mitchell, said he expected
New Zealand to win the overall
prize for the most successful trans-
Tasman team for the fourth con-
secutive time, but it was not
There's no reason why we
couldn't,'' he said.
Canoe polo is a water sport played
in canoes, where teams try to get
the ball into the net goals above the
water. There will be seven teams
from New Zealand competing in dif-
ferent categories at the biennial
Players ranged from about 16
years in the under-21 team, up to
masters players in their mid-50s.
Competitors from around New
Zealand were selected at tourna-
ments earlier in the year. Twenty-
one of those players are from Mana-
watu, including nine in the under-
21 team. The players had come
together to work on their skills at
training camps throughout the year
in preparation for the event. Mr
Mitchell said the teams were look-
ing strong, and new players in the
senior men's team would give it a
They're adding a new dimen-
The Manawatu contingent has
been training at the lagoon and the
water quality was not an issue for
players who might topple into the
drink, he said.
At the last championships, in
Sydney in 2009, New Zealand won
four of the categories, and the over-
New Zealand's senior teams are
currently ranked higher than Aus-
tralia's, which was a bonus, Mr Mit-
During the weekend prior to the
competition, the Palmerston North
club, Kiwi Canoe Polo Club, will
hold an invitational tournament as
a warmup for the main event.
More than 20 teams had already
registered for the tournament.
At the Oceania competition New
Zealand's teams for the 2012 World
Championships in Poland will be
Active children turn
into active adults
Kids and sport go together. Children
are naturally active and have lots of
energy to burn. Channelling all that
energy into a sport will provide
them with numerous benefits. Sport
teaches them a range of skills like
co-ordination, hand/eye movement,
working as a team and working
towards a common goal.
There are also health benefits
associated with sport such as
maintaining a healthy weight,
improving mental health and grow-
ing up to be active adults.
For some kids they're just not into
sport, which is a shame as they miss
out on a lot of learning and fun. If
your child needs help getting into
sport, consider the Active Families
programme run by Sport Manawatu
to get more kids involved in active
recreation opportunities. Meeting
each week, kids and their parents
are involved in activities like touch,
walking, capture the flag and sports
Active Families co-ordinator
Sarah Wilson uses fun games.
Making exercise fun for the
participants is important. They're
not even aware they are exercising --
they're having too much fun,'' she
They're working on building fit-
ness and stamina leading into the
Manawatu Striders Super Seven
Series next year. Other upcoming
activities include boxing, martial
arts, tennis and orienteering.
Ms Wilson has noticed other
benefits to activity.
There's an increase in confidence
where the kids are enjoying playing
sport and go on to join school sports
Active Families runs on
Wednesdays at Somerset School
from 4.30pm. It's a 12-month pro-
gramme for inactive kids, their
siblings and parents, making it a
great family activity.
To get your child involved, contact
Sport Manawatu on 357 5349 or
visit their website sportmanawatu.
Wi Ormsby is part of the Sport
Manawatu team promoting sport and
active recreation opportunities to get
everyone active every day.
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