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Thursday May 25, 2017

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Sport Wellington winner of ‘Governance Innovation by a Not-for-Profit’ Sport Wellington was named as winner of the ‘Governance Innovation by a Not-for-Profit’ award at the Women in Governance Awards held on May 18 in Auckland. The national Women in Governance Awards recognises and celebrates innovation, excellence, creativity and commitment to diversity by both organisations and individuals. The evening acknowledged the commitment finalists and winners have made in promoting, enhancing and supporting gender diversity in the governance space.

The ‘Governance Innovation by a Not-for-Profit’ award recognises a Not-for-Profit or Charity that has put in place programmes, initiatives or strategies that are effecting to create a more gender diverse organisation. Sport Wellington was also a finalist in the ‘Women in Governance Organisation of the Year’ category which recognises organisations that have consistently achieved outstanding performance in organisational governance and demonstrates a commitment to gender diversity.

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The ever evolving All Black machine Lewis Clareburt (left) with last year’s Junior Black Fins. PHOTO: Supplied

A Roseneath teenager will be representing New Zealand at the International Surf Rescue Challenge later this year. Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club’s Lewis Clareburt has been named a member of the open national surf lifesaving team, the Black Fins. This is the first time the 17-year-old has been part of the team and was previously part of the Junior Black Fins. The International Surf Rescue Challenge is a biennial event gathering of the world’s top lifesavers. Eight national open teams are confirmed to take part including Australia, Great Britain, South Africa, USA, Canada, France and Japan.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand sport manager Mike Lord said the event was major on the high performance campaign calendar. “It is an important part of testing our beach athletes on an international stage as part of our preparations for the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships where New Zealand will be looking to take the title for the fourth consecutive time,” he said. “The event will be the first time the Black Fins have competed in New Zealand since 2011 which is also something to look forward to.”  The International Surf Rescue Challenge would be taking place in Mount Maunganui from Thursday, November 30 until Sunday, December 1.

Wayne Smith’s departure from the All Blacks set up after the Rugby Championship is a big loss. Expect head coach Steve Hansen to stay in his role through the next Rugby World Cup in Japan but a gap opens that will be hard to plug with the specialist defence coach Smith retiring after more than 20 years in the All Black coaching environment. There’s also curiosity over who will replace Hansen in 2019. All signs point to former Chiefs coach Ian Foster who has been an All Black assistant for a number of years. Foster didn’t have much success with the Chiefs but does have the respect of the men in black. The concerning number of injuries

to key All Blacks prior to this Lions tour has many scratching their head. Captain Kieran Read and hooker Dane Coles being the two key players up in the air. If Read, who has a hand injury, can’t play against the Lions, Ardie Savea should play No 8 and Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock should be All Black captain. Whitelock has been the best forward in Super Rugby and a key reason the Red and Blacks have won all 12 of their games. Either way, when former Wellington stalwart Jimmy Gopperth is named the best player in the European Championship, how scared can we be of these tame Lions?

Wellington College top boys school at swimming champs By Dave Crampton

Wellington College, again, was the top boys’ school at the North Island Secondary Schools swimming championships at Palmerston North on May 13. More than 230 swimmers descended on Freyberg Pool, with many national champions, including National Short Course triple gold medallist Jedi Morland-Janes, and Thomas Watkins who had returned from Australia representing New Zealand in the Australian Age Group championships. Thomas, 16, was up- against Hamilton’s Andrew Jeffcoat, 17, and found him tough to beat. Jedi, 15, moved up to the 15 and over category this year, but still got top three in his 200m butterfly event behind George Dorrington from Scots College, who placed top two in all his events. Ben Stirling, 14, in his first major competition since nationals in March, won the most events for the college, winning all three breaststroke events in the U15 category, which he attributed to his coach at Capital Swimming Club, Gary

Hollywood. “His motto is ‘train smart, not hard’ – he thinks everything through. He knows what he’s doing,” Ben said. While times were not great at this time of the year – none of the top Wellington College swimmers got personal bests – this competition was about placings and points. The college’s sports co-ordinator, Martin Vaughan, was pleased at this year’s results, after getting pipped for second among the boy’s schools at last year’s event. “It was a good team effort. We were very pleased – last year we got beaten by half a point by Palmerston North Boy’s High School.” The top girls’ school was Waikato Diocesan, the only school to head Wellington College, but Napier Girls’ High School, who were the top team at the championships last year, didn’t attend this year due to other sporting commitments. The nest highest ranked Wellington school was Tawa College, who was placed seventh and was the top co-ed school.

Jedi Morland-Janes in action in his 200m butterfly event. PHOTO: Dave Crampton

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