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Wednesday March 8, 2017



Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Dark Claudio after Leicester sacking

ABOVE: Katie Fifield wins the 800 metre girls. LEFT: Waaka Poutu wins the 800 metre boys. PHOTOS: Emma McAuliffe

Intermediate holds Athletics Day By Emma McAuliffe

It was all go at Wainuiomata Intermediate School last week for their annual school Athletics Day. The school held the event on Wednesday last week. Activities included relays, discus, shot

The sacking of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester City is proof that professional sport is all about what you’ve done today. In May of last year, Ranieri was being serenaded by tenor Andrea Bocelli after leading Leicester from relegation favourites to English Premier League winners in one of the most stunning sporting triumphs ever. Now, with the gloss clearly gone and Leicester back in a relegation dog fight where many think they belong, Ranieri has been shown the door. Staying in the top flight of English football is worth millions to every club each year and for those in charge of the champions, it was too much of a risk to let sentiment get in the way of top tier survival. It’s a head versus heart decision. The head says change is needed, the heart says he deserves more loyalty

based on past success. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffered the same fate in being sacked a season after he won the crown with Chelsea. Mourinho said his three EPL were not worth as much as Ranieri’s one, such was the magnitude of his triumph last year. The enigmatic football manager even wore ‘CR’ on his clothes as a sign of support. Granted since Ranieri’s departure Leicester have won two games which suggests to me the players may have played a role in his departure. There’s no doubt Ranieri will be a man in demand not only in England but for clubs worldwide keen to tap into his skills. However, loyalty has taken another hit in this brutal example of win or go home in modern day sports.

put and sprints. The first event of the day was the girls and boys 800 metre sprints. Year 8 student Katie Fifield took out the girl’s 800 metre race with a time of 2.57 minutes and year 8 Waaka Poutu won the boy’s 800 metre race with a time of 2.33 minutes.

Making a splash National MP Chris Bishop and Olympic Hopes Boxing chairman Guy Randall work up a sweat at a recent Box Fit class. PHOTO: Dan Taylor.

Box fit By Dave Crampton

Students learn water safety. PHOTO: Supplied.

Senior students at Pukeatua Primary School had the opportunity to dive in to swimming lessons last month. Year 4 to 8 students at the school participated in swimming lessons at the Wainuiomata Pools in weeks two and three of term one. Deputy principal at Pukeatua Primary School, Topsy Remuera, said the children loved the opportunity. “The children really loved this opportunity to develop their swimming skills further and the small groups and expert teachers enabled all children to be successful,” she said. Topsy said one particular highlight for the children was learning about water safety. “On the last day the pool staff focused on water safety where all the children got the opportunity to learn about how to wear a life

jacket, how to check for safety before diving into a river, how to use an up turned boat to support you when you are in the water to assist your survival and how to save someone in trouble in the water using a ball, towel, swimming noodle, flutter board,” she said. She said the Wainuiomata Summer Pool staff were organised, friendly and had the expertise knowledge and skills to support all our students to be successful. “We would like to thank all the staff of the Wainuiomata pools for [their] outstanding efforts. “We would also like to thank Jitterbugs for allowing us to use 2 vans to shuttle down the children to and from the pools at no cost and also allowing us to have a staff member from Jitterbugs to drive one of the vans,” she said.

A fitness programme at Wainuiomata Primary School is helping locals of all ages keep fit – with many growing in confidence and self-esteem. Box Fit is a fitness and conditioning class incorporating high-intensity boxing combos with body-weight exercises. It’s fast-paced, and is sure to raise a sweat. Classes are held twice a week - each Monday and Thursday - with an allwomen’s class followed by a mixed class. National Hutt list MP Chris Bishop, has donated some body protection practice equipment and attended a class last Thursday. “It was good fun,” he said. He made the donation after an approach from local woman Kirsty O’Kane at Box Fit Wainuiomata, and says he’s even thinking of taking his partner along because “she loves boxing”.

Box Fit is a fitness and conditioning class incorporating high-intensity boxing combos with body-weight exercises. It’s a fast-paced class that is sure to raise a sweat. Kirsty started the women’s-only classes in March last year – called Fit Chicks Box Fit - to help women get fit. Many mothers and daughters attend and mixed classes were added in December. “I wanted to create something for the Wainui community. Boxing gave me confidence and I want to give that to other people.” There’s quite a few families involved – there’s a woman in her early 50s and her kids were there,” Olympic Hopes Boxing Club chairman Guy Randall added. Children as young as 10 attend the classes with their parents.  Box Fit: Wainuiomata Primary School hall, Monday and Thursday: 6:30pm women’s-only class, 7.30pm mixed class. $3.00 per class.

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