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Contents

Netball merger for region

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Football star returns home

Tab Baldwin swoops in

Top skier - Piera Hudson

22 Snapped - sport in pics

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Emma Twigg - looks ahead to Rio Olympics

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Viewpoint Welcome to the summer addition of the Come on the Bay Magazine, the regional sports publication from Team Hawke’s Bay. The Team Hawke’s Bay Trust was established by Sport Hawke’s Bay, in partnership with HB Magpies, HB United Football and Hawks Basketball and is unashamed in focusing on promoting all that is good about sport in Hawke’s Bay and our teams and individuals that wear the famous black and white. Much has happened since the first publication in June, all of which will be great for sport in our region.

by Colin Stone, Sport Hawke’s Bay chief executive

place led by experienced business leader Frank Spencer as chair and Hastings Boys High School Principal Rob Sturch as deputy. With a blend of experienced ‘governors’ and touch administrators now at the helm, and backed to the hilt by its Patron, Napier MP Chris Tremain, Touch Hawke’s Bay is well positioned to deliver on its new strategic plan. The winter months have also seen dramatic change for netball with the move from Netball New Zealand to disestablish the regional model and move to zones. This has seen the disestablishment of Eastern Netball with Hawke’s Bay now coming under Zone 3 based in Wellington. See the story on page 10-11 about these exciting changes. The last 12 months has also seen the strong emergence of the Nga Taonga Taakaro Trust which is facilitating the growth of traditional Maori sport into schools. After a fragile start the trust, under the Chairmanship of well-known community leader John Tangaere has gone from strength to strength.

Craig Findlay has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive of Hawke’s Bay Cricket. The Findlay name is synonmous with our top summer code, primarily through the great administrative work of Craig’s father, Harry. As an experienced sports administrator and former senior HB Rep cricketer in his own right, Craig will bring fresh ideas, new vitality and stronger opportunity for the sport to build new partnerships and relationships. The last 18 months has also seen some massive change for Touch in Hawke’s Bay. This sport has the potential to be huge. Nationally Touch sits around sixth place in terms of participation, but in Hawke’s Bay our region has struggled due to much publicised in-fighting among factions. During 2012 Touch HB was effectively put into statutory management with Touch New Zealand CEO Joe Sprangers overseeing the sport from head office, while major structural changes to the way the sport was governed were undertaken. The end result has seen a new constitution and a new board put in

Two years ago no-one would probably have heard of sports like Ki-o-Rahi, a traditional rugby-type sport played on a circular pitch. Now it is played at numerous primary and secondary schools across the region and we even have Hawke’s Bay teams travelling away to national championships! So the last six months, since the first publication of the Come on the Bay Magazine proves two things. That like most other sectors, the Hawke’s Bay sports sector is constantly changing and re-modelling. And … given the vision and the right cause there are many passionate, committed people with the will and desire to put up their hands and take on leadership roles for sport in Hawke’s Bay! Come on the Bay!

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Pools in Schoolz for Bay Water Safety is so important that Swim Heretaunga is taking a portable pool to schools. A 10 by 6 metre indoor pool will be at Flaxmere schools in the first term of 2013 before going to other schools throughout the region. Flaxmere Waterworld will be closed for refurbishments for the first four months of 2013 and Swim Heretaunga thought it was a great idea to go on the road with a portable pool. 2008 Beijing Olympic swimmer William Benson has been appointed project manager by Swim Heretaunga. He says the portable pool will be a first for Hawke’s Bay and is about improving water skills of primary school students and promoting the sport of swimming. “This is such an exciting opportunity, not only for the schools involved, but the communities these schools are based in. “It is hoped that the positivity surrounding the temporary pool will have a flow on effect within the schools, leading to higher school attendance, sport participation and academic achievement. “If we can have more kids safely in the water and able to swim then that is a win for us.” Using initiatives such as Pools in Schoolz, Swim Heretaunga are looking to continue raising the standard of swimming in the region. “No doubt it will be a whole lot of fun for both the kids in the pool and the staff at Swim Heretaunga once we get underway next year, “ William says. “We looked at a range of options such as utilising other swimming pools within the district but the Pools in Schoolz programme has been successful elsewhere, so we think it’s the best option. “The need for learn to swim programmes has never been more important,” he says. The pool, which has been purchased from Pools in Schoolz Trust, can

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be assembled in three hours and ready for swimming within 2-3 days. The pool is covered with pop-up marquees and is heated to 28 degrees Celsius. William says up to 14 children can be taught lessons at one time and students are likely to have 10-lessons over a school term. “This is a new way of doing things, which will enable us to teach water safety and survival skills at schools that don’t have a pool or need to travel long distances to a public pool.” The portable pool encourages safe enjoyment of water-based activities. Market Research was undertaken and two of the major issues for schools in going offsite for swimming lessons were costs of transport and pool entry and time lost in travel and organising the lessons. Schools are being forced to trim non-essential costs due to increasing budget pressure. The pool costs in excess of $50,000 including marquee, safety fencing, trailer, water pump, filter and heating. The pool is another local initiative to lower the drowning rate. An increasing percentage of Kiwi kids come from backgrounds where, usually for good reasons, water safety and learning to swim aren’t part of thire culture. As an example, despite the idyllic image of Polynesian kids swimming in lagoons, the reality is that a significant percentage of them can’t swim. In other regions an exciting outcome has been a higher percentage of children participating than expected. William says the pool will be available to any school that’s interested regardless of its decile rating. They will also look to get schools that are close to each other to work collaboratively, whereby the pool may be based at one school but others can also use it. If you are interested in using the pool contact William Benson on 879 5642

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Side Lines Orienteering 127 of the world’s best orienteers will compete in the World Cup events in Hawke’s Bay in January. Over 400 entrants from 21 countries including 140 Australians will compete. Two of the nine events will be held in Hawke’s Bay including one of the prestigious World Cup events on 13 January.

Volleyball

National Gymsports to HB 2013 National Gymsports Championships heads to Hawke’s Bay. The Pettigrew Green Arena will host 1,000 gymsports athletes when the National Gymsports Championships comes to Napier from October 3-6 and 9-12 2013. Athletes from 15 different provinces plus Australia will compete in individual trampoline, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, double mini trampoline, aerobics, tumbling and synchronised trampoline. The Championship is for both junior and senior competitors and will showcase those competing at the highest level on the world stage. With the support of clubs from across Hawke’s Bay, GymSports New Zealand will deliver a unique championships which will highlight the excitement, daring and artistry of gymsports – a must see event.

Volleyball Hawke’s Bay is launching a new weekly beach volleyball league over summer. All abilities welcome. All enquiries to Gemma Carlisle – Volleyball Hawke’s Bay on 06 845 9336 ext. 721 or gemma@volleyballhb.org.nz

Rugby Dan Sommerville has been appointed to the role of sponsorship and marketing manager at the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union. Dan was the union’s rugby development officer.

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Awards Galore Olympian Westley Gough won the Central Hawke’s Bay Sportsperson of the Year Award for the fourth time in nine years. World junior rowing champion Thomas Jenkins took out the Westpac Hawke’s Bay Secondary School Supreme Award. All Black Israel Dagg took out the Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated 2012 Sportsperson of the Year.

Touch Rugby Respected Hawke’s Bay businessman Frank Spencer is the new chairman of Touch Hawke’s Bay. Hastings Boys High School Principal Robert Sturch was appointed deputy chair, Louise Hutchinson as Secretary and Central Hawke’s Bay based Sara Corbett as Treasurer. Other board members are Matt Marsh, Junior Armstrong, Zane Johnson and Sara Corbett.

Success for Sportsground Cricket Hawke’s Bay Cricket Association has appointed Napier Technical Old Boys stalwart Craig Findlay its new chief executive officer. Findlay is a former Hawk Cup-winning and Central Districts cricketer.

The New Zealand Rugby Union has engaged Sportsground.co.nz to offer online rugby registrations for all rugby clubs and schools in 2013. Sportsground.co.nz also beat media heavyweights Sky Sport and Stuff Sport to be awarded runner up in the Netguide Web Awards 2012 for New Zealand’s Best Sports & Recreation Website. The top site was www.allblacks.co.nz

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Unfinished forChampion Business Rower

Story by Damon Harvey.

Emma Twigg has been New Zealand’s top sculling woman since 2007. She was the junior world champion in the single scull in 2005 and the Under 23 world champion in 2007. She won her first senior World Cup race in 2011 at Lucerne and has won back to back bronze medals in the 2010 and 2011 world championships. Emma also rowed in the women’s eight alongside world pairs champion Rebecca Scown in 2006. She has been to two Olympics – Beijing in 2008, where she finished ninth and London 2012, where she was a definite medal chance – only to finish in a disappointing fourth place. Come on the Bay editor Damon Harvey recently met up with Emma back in her home town of Napier.

Rower Emma Twigg has a tough four years ahead of her as she sets her sights on a medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Emma has found it hard putting aside the disappointment of missing out on a medal at the London Olympics and says a tactical decision in the semifinal was her downfall. “It was hugely disappointing. There were six girls who could have won a medal. “Ultimately it came down to the weather conditions, which is unfortunate and I think I made a really poor decision (in the semifinal),” Emma says. Up until then all was going according to plan but in the semifinal, she didn’t go hard for the win and instead settled for third place. “It turned into a tactical race for me, rather than going out and winning it.” Emma couldn’t predict what would happen with the weather but by the time of the final, a cross wind, which is infamous at the course, started to blow and Emma’s semifinal result put her in one of the worst wind affected lanes. As Emma explains, “in rowing when there’s poor weather they re-draw the lanes based on your semi result. If you win, you get the best lane.” Two and a half seconds separated the competitors in both semis and Emma drew lane two instead of a more sheltered lane. “I made a poor decision in that semi and it’s hard to stomach for the next four years. I should have gone hell for leather in that semifinal. I now have to wait a further four years,” says Emma. She still has her best physical years ahead. Most rowers, especially single scullers, peak late in their careers. For example, mens single sculls Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale won gold at 34 years of age. Emma hasn’t spent much time in a boat since the Olympics and is looking at a different approach as she heads towards Rio. After being based in Cambridge for seven years - living and breathing rowing and taking six years to complete a three-year communications degree from Waikato

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“His philosophy is miles makes champions. “He’s an interesting guy – we turn up and don’t really know what we’ll be doing from session to session. We’ll have a general structure for the week but he’ll say ‘we’re doing some 500s today and after the 20th one – you’ll be wondering how many. “The approach is quite unique, because his philosophy is that you’re going to do them anyway, so why bother telling you how many. Emma sees enormous talent within the Hawke’s Bay Rowing Club, and says less pressure is placed on junior development and more on creating a strong club environment. “The cool thing about the Hawke’s Bay Club, is that there’s not as much focus on performance at a junior level.

“I guess that’s the good thing about Hawke’s Bay. It’s such a small community and whenever you come back everyone welcomes you. Schools in particular, the support you get from them is pretty awesome.”

Emma Twigg

“As a rural community, the environment does help breed champions. Everyone is mates, the parents are involved and you have coaches like Cedric (Bayly) and Condy (Ian Condon) that make it just a fun little environment to be part of. “The big private schools in Christchurch and Auckland perform really well at school level but they work their kids so hard. They’re up and rowing at 5.30 in the morning.

University, Emma’s temporarily off to Auckland. She’s keen to put her degree to good use. Over the last year, Emma has been an ANZ Ambassador, a sponsored promotional role with the bank. She’s now taking on a paid role “a real job” with the Bank’s sponsorship team before returning to Cambridge and getting back to training in earnest with legendary rowing coach Richard (Dick) Tonks.

“I’ve never done that – it’s always been relatively social. You’re part of a club where you’re rowing with elite rowers from the New Zealand team, who are hanging around with the novices, so its quite accessible like that and there’s a bit of a pathway – you can see what you could do… it’s just a unique club feel.” As a junior rower Emma didn’t have to look too far for inspiration.

Being coached by the best is something Emma doesn’t take for granted. Tonks has coached many rowing champions – names like EversSwindell, Waddell, Drysdale, Bond and Murray. He’s been awarded the world’s best coach on three occasions – 2005, 2010 and 2012.

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Fellow Hawke’s Bay girls and twin sisters Georgina and Caroline EversSwindell, were rowing’s Golden Girls. The twins won double sculls gold at Athens in 2004, a year before Emma won her first world junior single sculls title. They backed that up with gold in Beijing. “They influenced my perception of rowing and then they became my idols. I had posters on my walls and then I got to the point I was racing against them. “They were just phenomenal athletes. They were workhorses – no one could train at their levels, they were endurance beasts. They didn’t have the sprinting capability at the end of race, their technique was long and strong, much like their training. “I never beat them, the three of us were rowing against each other as single scullers. It would have been cool to have raced in a quad boat with them but I was only really coming onto the scene when they were finishing. “ Emma has had strong local support. It first started as a promising rower at Napier Girls High School when Sam Kelt and his company Kelt

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Capital decided to back her potential. “Sam was really great to me as a young kid. Without his support I would not be where I am today.” Other businesses that are now behind Emma include Terry Elmsley & Euro City and sun protection brand Skinnies. “Being a Hawke’s Bay girl it’s always good to having local businesses and school children cheering you on. “I guess that’s the good thing about Hawke’s Bay. It’s such a small community and whenever you come back everyone welcomes you. Schools in particular, the support you get from them is pretty awesome.” While at the London Olympics, Emma regularly sent emails to students at Frimley Primary School and has since visited the school. She said it’s these little things that provide a local connection to the Olympics for the children and inspires them to take up a sport. It also motivates Emma to go for gold! To keep up to date with Emma’s progress visit www.emmatwigg.co.nz


Unexpected Outcome From Black Stick Support

Story by Damon Harvey.

Hawke’s Bay’s sponsorship of the Black Sticks Hockey sides had many spin offs but there’s one that was probably unexpected. Enjoying a wine at Sileni Estate and visiting the Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market have helped lure top Black Sticks women’s player Emily Naylor to the Bay, at least for summer but perhaps long term. Emily is currently taking an extended break after the Blacks Sticks best ever result at an Olympics (placed fourth). With over 200 games under her belt, Emily is having a well-earned rest and has decided that there’s no where better than sunny Hawke’s Bay. “I could have gone to Auckland but I was keen for a proper break from the hockey environment and if I went there I could have got caught up in it.

“...We can look back now and say overall, we did well and created history.” Emily Naylor on the London Olympics result

“I’m from Palmerston North and here (Hawke’s Bay) is pretty close to get back and see family and friends.” Emily says it took some time to get over the disappointment of London. The Black Sticks women’s team had their most successful Olympic campaign ever, much better than finishing last at the Beijing Olympics four years earlier but just missing out on a medal is still a bitter pill to swallow. “We had speed, a belief that we could beat some of the world’s best teams, so it was pretty gutting to finish fourth. “It was heartbreaking to lose the semifinal in a shoot out and we were pretty flat for the next game (bronze medal playoff with Great Britain) and it was our worst game by far. “But we can look back now and say overall we did well and created history,” Emily says. Going into the upcoming test series against India, the Black Sticks now have a world ranking of three and are also the darlings of New Zealand sport. The team will play two tests at Napier’s Park Island as part of a five match international series against the 12th ranked India. Emily says coach Mark Hager is likely to call on a mix of players from the Olympics and some new young talent as the team builds towards the next world championships and the Scotland Commonwealth Games in 2014. “There’s lots of young players that are fast and will be pushing for a

Emily Naylor in action for the Black Sticks long term place in the team,” Emily says. With an international career spanning nine years including three seasons playing in Holland, Emily is also looking at life after hockey. She has a Bachelor of Sport & Exercise majoring in sports management from Massey University, specialising in business and communications. Emily is working as a personal trainer at a new fitness centre in Hastings (Snap Fitness) and is also a youth ambassador for the New Zealand Olympic Committee, a role in which she visits schools throughout the central North Island. She’s undecided on a fourth tilt at the Olympics but will focus on making the team for the World Champs and the Commonwealth Games. She will only be 30 at the next Olympics and who wouldn’t want to be in Rio – the party capital of the world… Black Sticks Women’s Hockey tests series against India: Park Island Napier December 8 & 9. Both games start at 3pm. Tickets available from www.iticket.co.nz

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Black‘n white returns to netball Story by Damon Harvey.

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“That way, members who coach, umpire and play (for the same secondary school/club) can continue that involvement.” Heidi says the timing was right for a merger of the centres based on Netball New Zealand undertaking a restructuring process that disbanded the regions and created zones. Hawke’s Bay will now be a member of Netball Central Zone, which includes Manawatu, Taranaki and Wellington. Previously, Napier, Hastings and Central Hawke’s Bay centres were part of Eastern Netball Region that covered the area from just north of Gisborne to Dannevirke. The regions lacked identity and therefore pride and passion for a particular area. Having a centre dedicated to Hawke’s Bay should help reignite that pride and passion. Hawke’s Bay Netball Centre will have four paid roles: Operations Manager, Business Administrator, Community Development Officer and High Performance Officer. Seasonal roles at each venue will help run the winter and social competitions.

Black ‘n white is making a welcome return to netball courts throughout Hawke’s Bay. The netball centres of Napier, Hastings and Central Hawke’s Bay have amalgamated to form Hawke’s Bay Netball Centre Incorporated. Wairoa Netball Association and Wairoa College have also been invited to join with a decision to be made in the coming months. New chairperson Heidi Oliver says excitement is building at all levels of the game from school, club and representative levels. She says there is now a clear pathway where players have an opportunity to represent Hawke’s Bay at age group and senior levels. “This is an exciting outcome as we will now work on establishing a culture of success and creating provincial pride by having combined competitions and the opportunity of going on to represent Hawke’s Bay.

“Volunteers are such an important part of what we do but we have seen a huge amount of pressure put on them as competition formats and frequency change and as time becomes more precious. We don’t want to drain our volunteer base and instead hope to take the pressure off them by having some key staff involved in organising the competitions. “ “We will now be able to seamlessly deliver the same Netball New Zealand/Netball Central Zone initiatives to everyone involved from the players and coaches to officials, whether they are in Hastings, Napier or Central Hawke’s Bay.” Was it hard to get the centres together? Heidi says it was a challenging process but overall everyone agreed the time was right and there is now a real sense of excitement about the potential of Hawke’s Bay Netball. A board has been appointed with Heidi joined by Chris McIntyre, Meg Brown, Tina Arlidge, Dionne Thomas, Sue Hewitt , Shirley Randell and Ngati Kahungunu Iwi representative Meka Whaitiri.

Excitement is building at all levels of the game from school, club and representative levels. On the basis that sponsorship and funding are forthcoming, there will be Hawke’s Bay representative teams at years seven and eight, Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 and a Hawke’s Bay senior team, which will compete against the likes of Waikato, Wellington and Canterbury. Another exciting outcome is the likelihood of a Ross Shield type of tournament at intermediate age group level (years seven and eight) with teams representing Napier, Hastings, Central Hawke’s Bay and Wairoa. A Hawke’s Bay representative team will also be selected at this tournament. Napier and Hastings club and secondary school teams will now play in inter-city competitions utilising both the Hastings and Napier netball venues. “However, we want to make it as easy as possible for secondary school students and parents and our members. For example, we are hoping to run the competition so that all teams from the same secondary school/ club would be drawn to play at the same venue on a particular Saturday.

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Home Goal for Dakota Story by Damon Harvey.

Dakota Lucas is back to where his football career began. The Hastings lad has had a meteoric rise in football, culminating in playing for his country at the Under 20 World Cup and recently for the Oly Whites at the London Olympics, but he’s happy to be back home with family and playing for Kinetic Electrical Hawke’s Bay United. “It’s great being back close to family, who I haven’t spent too much time with over the last few years,” he says. Dakota left Hawke’s Bay on a football scholarship to Auckland’s Mount Albert Grammar at the age of 15. Since then the affable striker has played football for Waitakere at junior and senior levels – a team that has dominated the ASB Premiership. In 2011 he moved to Team Wellington for a season, followed by a stint across the ditch to play 15 games for Sunshine Coast Fire, which won the Queensland State League.

“We’ve got a young and talented team and Chris can quickly bring the team back down to earth ...” Dakota Lucas In between these club stints, he represented New Zealand at under 20 and 23 levels – including a career highlight (so far) of representing his country at the Olympics. “It was the best experience of my life, it gave me a great understanding of what the life of a professional football player is like in regards to preparation both on and off the field. “Although we didn’t get the results we were hoping for there are some good signs for the future of New Zealand football.” A highlight of the Olympics was meeting the Great Britain team, which included the 38 year old Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs. From the heady heights of London, Dakota is back to where it all started. Using his family home in Hastings and Park Island as his training bases. He’s doing a bit of work with his father Nick, a stalwart of Havelock North Wanderers and a former United player. He’s holding off any studies until he returns to Australia, where he hopes to pick up a playing contract in Melbourne. Although he’s living the life of a footballer, Dakota is also thinking of life afterwards. He’s keen on architecture and design and will take up some formal training. “I enjoy the design aspects of furniture and houses and I’ve done a bit of building, so architecture is something that could be a real job at some stage.”

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Dakota is enjoying hooking up with some of his old playing mates and the playing environment being created by coaches Chris Greatholder and Perry Cotton. “We’ve got a young and talented team and Chris can quickly bring the team back down to earth while Perry has a lot of playing experience and is someone that we look up to.”


Young Achiever Chooses Sports Over Gang Links Growing up in a family associated with the Mongrel Mob hasn’t stopped Levi Armstrong (above) from achieving his goals in sport and recreation. The “very keen” sportsman has represented Hawke’s Bay in rugby and touch and played for a World Cup-winning New Zealand touch rugby side. A strength and conditioning trainer at a gym, Levi also coaches for Patu, a programme he established for adults and children facing up to the challenges of obesity and diabetes. But it hasn’t been a straight forward journey for the EIT degree graduate – “I have chosen some wrong paths in my life,” he frankly admits. Getting into drugs and alcohol and working in a “slave labour” job after leaving school, Levi feels he could have easily followed family members into a gang lifestyle. But when his fiancée had the couple’s first child, he began thinking about a better future for them all. The family moved to Napier from Waipukurau, and he enrolled in EIT’s Bachelor of Recreation and Sport programme. “In my third year, my fiancée and I welcomed our daughter into our little whanau. So studying had a few bumps, but I was determined to gain my qualification.”

Levi and younger brother Junior graduated with the same degree, which “definitely brought a smile to Mum’s face”. Busy with his growing family, renovating their home in Taradale and playing rugby for his Havelock North club, he still finds time to extend a hand to others. He’s also taken a role with Sport Hawke’s Bay, as part of the Active Communities project, where he will focus on the Camberley community. “I am very passionate about helping people reach their goals. Being brought up in a gang background doesn’t mean you can’t change your life and those of your whanau. You may get knocked down, but for me it’s about how to get back up again.” Levi and several friends started a sports club All In Incorporated to promote healthy living through physical activity, and being president has given him the nous to run an incorporated society at the age of 25. Setting goals is still important to Levi. Longer-term, he wants his own gym to “take exercise to the people” and to develop a smartphone exercise app. www.eit.ac.nz/areas-of-study/sport-and-recreation/

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Tab Baldwin to Lead Hawks Dynasty Story by Damon Harvey.

When Tab Baldwin announced he was leaving New Zealand basketball behind in 2006 for a lucrative overseas contract he knew in his gut that it probably wasn’t his best decision.

Now six years later and after coaching stints in Turkey, Romania, Greece, Lebanon, Jordan and finally China, Tab is turning the clocks back and returning to the national basketball league as the coach of the Hawks.

Financially and professionally it was the right decision but personally he was unsure.

He’s teaming up with some of his old b’ball mates like Curtis Wooten, Jeremy Bayliss, Paora Winitana and Paul Trass in what he hopes will be the start of a basketball dynasty in the Bay.

He knew that it was probably time to hand over the reins of the national team to someone new but when he made the announcement after the World Championships, he had a “horrible sense that I was doing the wrong thing”.

“I probably wouldn’t have looked at the role too seriously if the likes of Jeremy, Curtis and Paul weren’t involved.”

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“The reasons I did it were to strive for greater challenges and newer heights and the professional side of coaching but I was also walking away from something that I loved and something that is at my core as a person.”

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At 54, he’s looking for more life balance and to create a ‘family culture’ within a basketball franchise rather than continually being on the road – as is the case with his latest coaching stint with the Fujian Sturgeons in the Chinese League. Tab moves to Hawke’s Bay with wife Efi, and their four children - Rania 18, Giota (pronounced Yota) 16, George 14 and Adriana 12. The return to NZ also enables him to spend more time with his other three children from a previous relationship. “I probably wouldn’t have looked at the role too seriously if the likes of Jeremy, Curtis and Paul weren’t involved. “It made the offer extremely appealing and although not trying to be a romantic, I wanted to be back in the arms of family and friends - those that have been a big part of my life,” Tab says.


Tab Baldwin replaces close friend Paul Henare.

So the bands back together and there will be huge expectations on the Hawks as they search for a national title – after being runner up in 2011 and a losing semifinalist in 2012.

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However, Tab is not just focused on results on the court. He wants to create an impenetrable connection with Hawks’ fans and the Hawke’s Bay community, much similar to what the New Zealand Breakers have achieved in Auckland. “I want the team to have an unparalleled relationship with the people of Hawke’s Bay. I want every Hawke’s Bay resident to be thinking about the Hawks every day by integrating the team into the community.”

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Tab goes on to say sport dynasties are extremely hard to create but that’s the driver - to make the Hawks the very fabric of the region and to build a fan base that doesn’t just support a team in the good times but also in the bad. “Fans are fickle because sport is fickle, so we have to do something different to achieve and create a dynasty for the Hawks by demonstrating that the organisation cares about the people.” Enrol now for Feb 2013

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Paora Winitana is held in the highest regard by Tab Baldwin.

A surprise return

“There’s no finer man than Paora. He’s really interested in other people’s hearts and souls.

So just how did the Hawks snaffle New Zealand’s most successful basketball coach?

“He’s in a transitional stage of his career, where he might not be the star on the court but will have an important role in guiding young talent.”

Local legend and Hawks coach Paul Henare decided to move to the Southland franchise, after the previous club owners decided to call it a day.

“There’s no finer man than Paora. He’s really interested in other people’s hearts and souls.” Tab Baldwin Little did he know that Tab had put some feelers out for a return to New Zealand and had also been in discussions with Southland but they couldn’t agree on a deal. After Paul announced he was leaving, Trass got wind of Tab’s interest in returning to New Zealand. “Pauli is a close friend of mine. He’s had a major impact on the game in New Zealand and I’ve admired what he has achieved with the Hawks.

More than on court involvement Tab isn’t restricting his involvement in basketball to the Hawks and to coaching. In his career spanning 30 years – he’s picked up a lot of knowledge about the administrative side of the game. He wants to see more growth in the sport and a resurgence in the national basketball league, which has struggled for its place following the success of the Breakers. “I’d like to be a part of helping the team and the league gain maximum exposure.” He’s also not ruled out some involvement with the national team’s programme, but he’s wary of stepping on the toes of current coach Nenad Vucinic, who is his best friend and assistant coach in China. “He’s doing a great job and I’ll offer my help to Nenad in any way I can.”

Who will be on the roster?

Tab will make a brief return from China in late January when he’ll check on progress of the roster and put together a training schedule in preparation for the season’s start in March.

Although the Hawks roster hasn’t been completely finalised Tab will have the services of Paora Winitana, Jarrod Kenny and Everard Bartlett.

He then returns to China for the final stages of the league including the playoffs, where he expects Fujian to make it to the final eight.

Tab is expecting to have Winitana back on his roster. He sees Winitana as the elder statesman of the competition, a player nearing the end of his playing career but with much to offer the sport and the community.

If they don’t progress further he’ll be back in Hawke’s Bay by late February to take up the coaching mantle. Let the dynasty begin!

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Key signings for Magpies Story by Damon Harvey.

The Magpies failed to soar in 2012 but rather than approaching the upcoming season with clipped wings, coach Craig Philpott hopes to have a much stronger group of players. Already added to the roster is current All Black prop Ben Franks, former All Black Alby Mathewson and rising young star Brendon O’Connor. Philpott coached O’Connor in Canterbury and is expecting big things from the former New Zealand age grade star flanker, who will play for the Blues in the Super 15. His pathway in Canterbury has been blocked by the world’s best openside in All Black Captain Richie McCaw and rising star Matt Todd. Philpott sees O’Connor as an openside that can also play in the six or eight jersey.

“There’s been a full set of reviews. We’ve looked at our coaching style and the playing style and it’s now about looking ahead to a new season”. Craig Philpott “He’s a great guy with massive leadership qualities. He wants to play as much rugby as possible and the opportunity here will offer this. “We’re a little unsure of Karl Lowe’s availability in 2013 after what has been a great career with the Magpies.

changes to the contract rules, which will take away some of the risks of recruiting All Blacks. In the past unions have had to pay the full contract salary, even if the player doesn’t take the field due to national commitments. A pro-rata approach has been mooted to make it more viable for unions. Mathewson, a product of Hastings Boys’ High School, is making a return home and at 26 years old, his debut for the Magpies. After finishing school he was recruited by Wellington and will bring valuable experience from a career that has included the All Blacks, Hurricanes, Blues and Western Force, where he’ll play in 2013. Philpott also has a large number of the successful HB Under 20 squad to select from, with players such as Penikolo Latu, Levi Guildford, Sheridan Rangihuna, Aaron McPhee and Tamati Samuels potentially being in the Magpies mix for next season. Hawke’s Bay has a favourable draw in the championship division and won’t play the two Cup finalists Canterbury and Auckland or current Ranfurly Shield holders Waikato. The season is likely to be longer, with most unions pushing for no games on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Philpott is not mincing words when it comes to looking back on 2012. “We weren’t good enough.”

“Obviously if he stays, he’ll be playing for us but, like all professional rugby players, he is preparing himself for the future and that may well involve a move overseas,” Philpott explains.

The team lost some quality players from 2011, including eight tight forwards. “You simply can’t replace the likes of Sona Taumalolo, Antony Perenise, Hikairo Forbes, Brodie Retallick and Bryn Evans all in one season.

There may be some questions around why Franks has been signed with most established All Blacks having a limited role in the ITM Cup, but the Magpies hope he’ll be regularly available over the next three seasons.

“We have begun the process of rebuilding this year and that will continue in 2013. We’ve done plenty of looking back. It’s time to look ahead.”

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Piera’s in the fast lane Piera Hudson, International Alpine Ski Racer, is on track to be the first Hawke’s Bay athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics. The 16 year old puts life and limb at risk hurtling down the slopes every day.

Story by Damon Harvey.

Williams, Robyn Burns and Caroline Green. Another new initiative called We’re taking Hawke’s Bay to the Winter Olympics raised $56,000, with Patrons giving generously to support Piera’s 2012/13 European and Winter Olympics campaign. Piera is keen to emulate Annelise Coberger, who won a silver medal in Apline at the Albertville Winter Olympics in France in 1992, aged 21.

As the top ranked woman in the NZ Alpine team, she has a list of national and international Alpine ski racing achievements almost as long as the runs she hurtles down at speeds in excess of 116kmph!

Since 2006 no New Zealand female has met the Alpine Olympic qualifying criteria and the NZ Olympic Committee has one of the toughest Alpine Olympic selection criteria in the world. If all nations applied the same criteria there would not be enough athletes to even run a race!

Elite Women’s Coach Jonathan Rice of the Cardrona High Performance Centre says Piera’s natural talent is equally matched by her dedication to be the best.

To compete at the Olympics Piera will need to achieve a top 80 world ranking in Super G by December 2013 to qualify. She will be 18, competing against women twice her age and experience, and is likely to be the youngest competitor.

“Piera has exceptional natural ability and dedication. If you were to compare ski racing to rugby, Piera is competing to such a high standard that she would be in the World First XV for her age. “Ski racers like Piera don’t come along very often and it makes it an exciting time to be involved with New Zealand ski racing with her in the mix.” Alpine is the most competitive of all winter snow sports and Piera competes against 6000 world ranked women. While recreational skiing is one of NZ’s favourite winter sports there is no funding from Sport New Zealand. Piera faces annual costs of $136,000 and for the past seven years has relied heavily on family, friends and the local community. She is supported by the Jarrod Cunningham Youth Sport Trust and by Sport Hawke’s Bay’s STARS funding programme. An auction in 2010 raised $65,000 for Piera to accept a part scholarship at the Stratton Mountain School in Vermont, USA. In 2012 a new fundraising initiative was launched - Coastal Cubes Ltd which sells furniture made from local macrocarpa and is sold on Piera’s website, market days and Trademe. Team Piera, led by parents Fiona and John actively, look for funds and also develop ‘brand Piera’ along with the likes of Ailne Bradley, Brent

From now through to May 2013, Piera will compete in 55 international races spanning 10 countries and three continents including the world champs in Austria and Junior World Champs in Canada. By personal invitation, Piera is training and racing with the German elite women’s team in Sweden and Norway, resources normally well beyond a Kiwi’s reach. Life as an international ski racer is tough. Piera has lived apart from family since she was 14 and most of the time she’s living out of a suitcase. There’s no fancy resorts and Christmas is spent without family and friends. In Europe she trains and stays at club fields and shares dormitory style accommodation with other athletes. A normal day starts at 5am in sub-zero temperatures, downhill skiing followed by fitness training, preparing up to six sets of skis, followed by correspondence schoolwork before hitting bed. This is her normal routine for six days of the week. It’s this dedication that has Piera poised to be New Zealand’s best ever apline ski racer. To follow Piera’s progress or to make a donation go to www.piera.com or follow her on facebook.

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The Peak Challenge was a huge success with a record number of entrants over the 12km and 2km courses.

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Snapped from top clockwise: Kinetic Electric Hawke’s Bay United, Blacks Sticks in pre Olympic action, a rare celebration for the Magpies and V8 driver John McIntyre. Photos by Alphapix and www.bethelle.co.nz

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Sports Diary December

7

HRV Cup Twenty20 Central Stags vs Wellington Firebirds, Mclean Park, 5pm www.cdcricket.co.nz

5-6

Hawke’s Bay Rowing and Kayak Picnic Regatta www.hawkesbayrowing.co.nz

10-13

National Horse and Pony Show, HB Showgrounds, Hastings www.nzhorseandponyshow.org.nz

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Hawkes Bay Roller Derby - Mens, Pettigrew Green Arena. derbyrodriguez@hotmail.co.nz

11-13

8-9

Hockey NZ Black Sticks Womens vs India, Park Island. www.hbhockey.org.nz

The Hub 3 Day Tour www.ramblers.co.nz

12

Oceania Carnival Orienteering race - Smedley Station www.oceania2013.co.nz

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Xrace - Mystery Adventure, Park Island 2pm www.xrace.co.nz

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Orienteering World Cup Race - Waihau www.oceania2013.co.nz

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Plunket Shield Cricket Central Stags vs Canterbury Wizards, Mclean Park 10.30am www.cdcricket.co.nz

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NZ Scooter Champs, Sk8zone, Marine Parade, Napier www.sportsground.co.nz/sk8zone

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Football HB United vs Auckland City, Park Island, 2pm www.hbunited.co.nz

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Speedway Meet - HB TQ Champs www.meeaneespeedway.co.nz

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Hawkes Bay Raceday www.hawkesbayracing.co.nz

13 More FM Bloke Free Triathlon Series Race No. 2 www.hbmsc.org.nz

Interislander Summer Festival Raceday www.hawkesbayracing.co.nz

13

Beach Volleyball Tournament, Ocean Beach info@volleyballhb.org.nz

Football HB United vs Waikato , Park Island , 2pm www.hbunited.co.nz

13

Shed 2 Triathlon and Duathlon Series No. 3, Pandora www.hbmsc.org.nz

15-17

Orienteering Sprint The Bay www.sprintthebay.org

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Kaweka Mountain Marathon www.thekaweka.co.nz

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Surf Life Saving HB Champs rescues, Westshore SLSC 5.30pm. david.beattie@surflifesaving.org.nz

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Coruba Fishing Open www.hbsfc.co.nz

16-19

Wairoa A&P Equestrian 2 Star Competition www.wairoashow.co.nz

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HB United Football vs Canterbury www.hbunited.co.nz

16-20

Laser Sailing National Champs www.napiersailingclub.org.nz

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Wetbix Tryathlon www.weetbix.co.nz

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Surf Life Saving HB Champs IRBs Indiv events, Ocean Beach 8am IRBs 10am others david.beattie@surflifesaving.org.nz

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Surf Life Saving Junior Surf Carnival No.2 Ocean Beach 12pm. david.beattie@surflifesaving.org.nz

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Wairoa A&P Open Rodeo www.rodeonz.co.nz

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Athletic Meeting - Sylvia Potts Classic,Sportspark, Percival Rd, Hastings. allanp@clear.net.nz

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HB United vs Waitakere www.hbunited.co.nz

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NZ Cricket vs England ODI McLean Park 2pm www.blackcaps.co.nz

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Surf Life Saving Ski series no.4, Hardinge Rd, Ahuriri 5.30pm. david.beattie@surflifesaving.org.nz

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Christmas at the Races www.hawkesbayracing.co.nz

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Speedway - Santa Meet www.meeaneespeedway.co.nz

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Cricket Hawkes Bay vs Wairarapa, Napier www.hbcricket.co.nz

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Football HB United vs Wellington, Park Island, 2pm www.hbunited.co.nz

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Surf Life Saving Junior Surf Carnival No.1, Westshore SLSC 10am david.beattie@surflifesaving.org.nz

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Shed 2 Triathlon and Duathlon Series No. 2, Pandora. www.hbmsc.org.nz

Surf Life Saving HB Champs Team events, Ocean Beach 9am. david.beattie@surflifesaving.org.nz

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Kartsport HB Club Meet www.kartsporthb.co.nz

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Surf Life Saving Ski series No.5, Harginge Rd, Ahuriri 5.30pm. david.beattie@surflifesaving.org.nz

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HB Sports Fishing Club - Firmans Marine Holiday Open. hbsfc@xtra.co.nz

BR Turfrey Tour de Beautiful Cycling Tour, Waipukurau www.cyclingchb.co.nz

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Football HB United vs Wellington Phoenix, Park Island www.hbunited.co.nz

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Sea Sky Bush Walk www.seaskybush.co.nz

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NZ Horse of the Year www.hoy.co.nz

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Tremains Corporate Triathlon www.tremainstriathlon.co.nz

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Interislander Summer Festival Raceday www.hawkesbayracing.co.nz

22-25. Tennis - HB Junior Open, Onekawa www.tenniswaikatobays.co.nz

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Hastings Half Marathon & Tumu Centre 10 km www.runwalkhb.org.nz

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Speedway Meet - Stockcar Best Pairs www.meeaneespeedway.co.nz

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Snow Wilkins HB Adventure Race www.hbar6.co.nz

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Speedway Meet - Stockcar HB Champs www.meeaneespeedway.co.nz

22-24. Athletics - Hawkes Bay Gisborne Senior Champs, Sportspark, Percival Rd, Hastings www.sportsground.co.nz/athleticshbgisborne

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The value of Sport in Hawke’s Bay

32,000 more than volunteers 1,000 jobs

3.7 million hours of

volunteer

support

www.sporthb.net.nz

support sport

9 of 10 out

Hawke’s Bay kids

play sport

$106 million to regional GDP


UNISON

PROUDLY SUPPORTING RUGBY IN THE BAY www.unison.co.nz


Come on the Bay Summer 2013