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January 14 - 2014

KAIPARA LIFESTYLER

Rafts to race on river  by Colin Patterson

If you’ve got a practical bent and an ability to keep your head above water, a raft race organised by the Northern Wairoa Boating Club might just give you a chance to show everyone what you’re made of. The event for the Edgar Bradley Memorial Trophy takes place on February 1. Club commodore Kelly Hansen says competitors will race from the wharf at the end of Notorious Road East to the boating club’s headquarters at Victoria Street, Dargaville. Mr Hansen says there are no rules about the construction of vessels, although it is an advantage if they can float. “One of the rafts last year was an upturned BBQ.” He says anyone can enter. “The more the merrier.” All competitors must register before the race starts at 11am. Mr Hansen expects vessels to take between 1½ and 2 hours to complete the 6km trip to Dargaville. “There are big tides that day that will push them in the right direction.” Safety vessels will be on hand to help competitors if they lose the battle to stay afloat. The event will be followed by prize giving in the clubrooms. $200 will go to the winner and $100 to the runner up. Mr Hansen says a further $100 will be available for the most creative raft. The club will have a special licence so competitors and their supporters will either be able to celebrate or drown their sorrows.

Hamburg heroes  by Joanne Speechly

Dargaville business owners and bodybuilders Nigel and Donna Randell have recently returned from a trip to Germany with some shiny new silverware to add to their considerable collection. The duo were pre selected to compete in the NAC Universe Bodybuilding Championships 2013 alongside 300 competitors from 40 countries. The couple decided to make the journey to Hamburg in January last year and spent the majority of 2013 fundraising for the $12,000 trip. The final preparation was ensuring that their bodies would be ready for a championship challenge, despite a 30 hour long haul flight just days before. “Thanks to local businesses, we held a series of raffles and the Dargaville Lions also donated money, raising $2,000 in total. Then we held a massive fundraiser in Auckland with the help of my sister, Christine, and her friend, Lisa, and that brought in another $4,000,” says Donna. The couple ventured into the freezing Hamburg temperatures every morning at 5am for power walks and had an interesting time trying to order New Zealand staples, such as poached eggs. For their pre-competition “cheat” meal, they ended up with cold boiled eggs to accompany their steak and chips. Donna was placed sixth in her Senior Figure 40+ class and Nigel received a medal for participation in a 19-strong class. At the Nationals, Donna came

p Hard work pays off for bodybuilding duo Donna and Nigel Randell

third in the International Figure class and along with Nigel took out the Couples competition for the second year running. Both won their division at the National competition in 2012. “Nigel was in top condition and looked amazing but we don’t know where he was placed outside of the top 10. Looking back, it doesn’t matter because it was an amazing experience and an honour to be selected in the first place.” The pair have again been selected for a handful of international events this year but are taking the year off to prepare for further competitions in 2015. They would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Dargaville Lions and Dargaville business owners for their generous support. ¢

Kaipara Lifestyler, January 14 2014  
Kaipara Lifestyler, January 14 2014  

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