Wednesday January 18, 2017
Movie star visit for academy By Emma McAuliffe
A local karate academy had a special visitor recently. Soke Kubota, karate grandmaster and movie star, visited the Wellington Region Karate Academy at their Wainuiomata location at the weekend. Head instructor at the academy Sensei Scott MacKenzie said the classes had been fundraising for three to four years for his visit, following his last visit in 2011. He said Soke ran a few classes for the academy and a public self defence class. “[Soke] ran four seminar classes while he was here and they were very well attended, and we had up to 80 people in a class,” Scott said. Scott said the visit was “brilliant”. “It was a brilliant weekend which we finished off with our academy awards which are an end of year celebration but we deferred it so we could hold it in his honour. It had about 160 people in attendance and had a bit of a lunch,” he said. “The students were happy they had managed to get someone over. The youngest of the students was about 5 years old and the oldest is about 69. Soke himself is 82.” Scott said Soke’s feedback about the visit had been “very positive”. “Sometimes people who have done karate for a long time might become a bit high and mighty but he wasn’t like that at all. He was very easy going. Loved to crack a joke,” he said. The Wellington Region Karate Academy will be having an open day on Saturday, January 28 at their Wainuiomata location at the Way of Life gym on Queen Street. The open day will run from 10am to 12.30pm. For more information head to www.wrka.nz/
ABOVE: Working with local karate student Shakayah Taiapa-Crews in the Public Self Defense Seminar held Saturday afternoon. RIGHT: Soke and Sensei Scott MacKenzie. PHOTOS: Supplied
Local motorcyclist takes second round of championships
TriAbility Triathlon Registrations for the Hutt Valley Disabled Resources Trust and Sport Wainuiomata Inc TriAbility Triathlon open soon. The triathlon will take place on Saturday, March 18 at William Jones Park and the Wainuiomata Summer Pool from 9.30am. In the meantime Sport Wainuiomata Inc are holding “Tri the course” ses-
sions at the Wainuiomata Summer Pool from 7.30am on Saturday, January 21 and January 28. Participants can go and meet the team behind the triathlon and find out all they need to. Bring your own running and swimming gear and bike. For more information head to Sport Wainuiomata’s Facebook page.
with Jacob Page
NZ to cash in on FIFA’s piggy bank? Shane Richardson following his win at the weekend. PHOTO: Richardson Racing Facebook By Emma McAuliffe
A local motorcyclist has had a successful weekend on the track at the 2017 New Zealand Superbike Championships. Round two of the series began in Invercargill on Saturday with local Shane Richardson winning the races in his class. Shane said he had placed second after the first round in the competition in Christchurch the previous weekend however managed to pick up the points after Damon Rees in first place crashed his bike. “Last weekend we were in Invercargill. I won the first race, after the guy who was winning in the rounds, Damon Rees, fell off his bike. “It was a shame to learn that Damo (Rees)
had gone down, but that’s racing. I didn’t realise he’d crashed until afterwards. I had no pit-board signals and I was just keeping my head down.” Shane said the second day in Invercargill came with mixed weather conditions. “The weather was a bit mixed so the second race got split into two. I won the first one but in our restart I came second. Then I won the last one,” he said. He is now the leader of the 600 Supersport class after Sunday, with a 26.5 point lead. Shane said the third round of the championship would take place at the end of February in Taupo. To follow Shane Richardson’s journey head to Richardson Racing on Facebook.
It appears FIFA’s greed will work in New Zealand’s favour when trying to qualify for football’s World Cup. FIFA announced the World Cup would go from 32 to 48 teams trumpeting the line that football was no longer just a game played in Europe and South America. That statement is idealistic as football has long been seen as a global game. Reports suggested the extra teams will bring in an extra $1 billion. Rightfully, New Zealand Football was delighted with the news based on the fact their confederation, Oceania (which they dominate), might now get one automatic qualification spot. There’s no doubt that if that is the case, making one of sport’s greatest events won’t be as much of an achieve-
ment. New Zealand was captivated in 1982 and 2010 because the All Whites qualification was a remote possibility. Simply getting it handed to us and other “sub-par” footballing nations will make it, at least initially, a diminished event. Of course, it has the ability to improve the quality of international football over time as countries get games against heavyweight opposition they otherwise would never play but there may be some heavily one-sided games before that happens. FIFA’s smash and grab approach may be a benefit to New Zealand all the same. It’s proof that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.
Wainuiomata News 19-01-17