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Wednesday February 1, 2017


Spotted at the Sevens Taking part on the course and off By Emma McAuliffe

Sport Wainuiomata are putting the call out for more volunteers for the upcoming Triability Triathlon. Registrations for the triathlon are now open for people to volunteer and take part. The Taramai brothers will be taking part this year, both on the track and off. Ben Taramai will be competing in the triathlon and his brother, Phillip, has signed up as a volunteer. It is the first time either have taken part. Phillip said he had been inspired by Ben to volunteer his time at the triathlon. “At the moment I take the newbies out because I’ve got my first aid. I’m the bike man,” he said. Ben, who has been taking part in the training sessions ahead of the triathlon, said he had wanted to give it a go as a

“start to more and more things I can be involved in”. “The course we do is quite good for me. The footpaths are a bit uneven which helps build strength up. “It might not be good for everyone. It might be too easy or too difficult for different abilities. No disability is the same. But it is a good one for me,” he said. Ben said so far his favourite part about preparing for the triathlon was the exercise and getting out of the house. “For a long time I had been sitting and doing nothing after spending most of my life in a motorized wheelchair,” he said.  The TriAbility Triathlon will take place on Saturday, March 18 at the Wainuiomata Summer Pool. For more information on how to volunteer or take part head to

 Did you go to the Sevens this year? What did you think? Let us know at news@

Local rugby league and union player, Daniel Cherry, was spotted at the HSBC Wellington Sevens at the weekend training the Papua New Guinea squad. PHOTO: Daryl New Photography.

Composed by Tony Watling 25th Jan 2017

MOVEMENT FOR YOUTH A working bee did start a drive. Of fixing things so sport can thrive. A lick of paint was just the thing. Did pleasure give, and joy will bring. Jim and Ben help youths to know. What things to do as bodies grow. That exercise will build the mind. And latent skills perhaps may find.

Ben and his wife Francis and Phillip.

Good week back for softballers It was a great weekend for some of Wainuiomata’s softballers who returned to the diamond at the weekend. The Wainuiomata Under 15 softball team came out on top against the Giants, winning 15-0. This was their first game of the year. Meanwhile, in the senior games the Major B women’s teams had a win and a loss. Wainui won against Hutt City

United 20-3 but the Wainui Rare Breeds took on Totara Park Gold and lost 10-3. Last weekend Wainui took on Totara Park Gold and won 10-5 and Wainui Rare Breeds won against Hutt City United 13-0. The President’s took on Totara Park and won 8-5. Their game against the Giants the previous weekend had been deferred.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

All aboard the Fed Express The Roger Federer versus Rafael Nadal tennis final was the sort of sports event you stop your life to witness. Once the Australian Open final was set to feature the two greatest rivals ever in the sport, it was must see television. No one would have picked that final before the event started. Like two weary warriors, both men had struggled with injuries late in 2016. Yet like a good heavyweight title bout, there always seemed to be one more chapter to write in the storied history. I think you’re either a Federer or Nadal fan. For me, Federer is my guy. The Swiss maestro won me over early and I’ve been riding the Fed Express

happily ever since. At 35, most thought his grand slam days were done but when younger contenders like Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic fell to the wayside, it felt like it could be Federer’s chance to shine. So it proved in a gripping final against his arch rival and friend Rafael. A five set final which predictably not only lived up to the pre-match hype, but exceeded it. Federer can now go out on his terms. Safe in the knowledge he can compete and conquer at an age when not many men have in tennis history, Federer proved he is, to me, the greatest player of all time.

Outdoor cinema with live music Saturday 4 February Queen Street Reserve, Wainuiomata Live Music: Kirsten Te Rito Movie: Poi E: The Story of Our Song (G) Live music from 7.30pm Movie will begin after sunset

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