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Jack of nine lives receives medal By Emma McAuliffe

After spending decades in rugby and athletics in Wellington Peter Jack was awarded The Queen’s Service Medal as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours at the weekend. Mr Jack has actively contributed to the welfare and growth of amateur athletics and club rugby in Wellington for 50 years. The Strathmore Park resident has been heavily involved with athletics in the Wellington area as a competitor, coach, official, organiser and administrator since 1964. He was a key player in the development of the Kiwi Athletic Club and has held many positions since 1966, including chairman and president. He was made a life member of the club in 1990 and has officiated at Wellington and

New Zealand Senior Athletics Championships for a wide range of events for more than 34 years. Mr Jack has also been involved with the Wellington Football Club for many years. His voluntary efforts have been instrumental in helping the various sports clubs to grow and reach new members. Mr Jack is a Life Member of the Wellington Rugby Supporters Club, having been a foundation and committee member over the course of 30 years involvement. Mr Jack said he was surprised about the award. “There’s been lots of people I know who over the years who have never got anything so I thought I’d accept it on behalf of those who never got anything,” he said. “I usually nominate people, I like nominating.

“We have 13 people at the Kiwi Club including me with honours now.” Throughout the years Mr Jack has had his fair share of misfortunes at the sport contributing to his decision to accept the award. “I got knocked out for three hours while playing rugby, I got hit by a shot put while being an official. “I’ve had dislocated shoulders, broken bones, Valerie Adams hit me while she was throwing a discus and broke my wrist. “I’m a cat or a kiwi with nine lives,” he said. Mr Jack said he had no plans to slow down yet. “I like participating and excercise so I’m going to keep going. “I like going back to grass roots, helping youngsters, old people and people who enjoy the sport,” he said.

Peter Jack received The Queen’s Service Medal at the weekend. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

Wellington College student places at national event A Wellington College student came third in the 2017 NZ Sport Stacking Open Championships held on Sunday. Nathan Carter was the only Wellingtonian to place at the event. Nea rly 4 0 comp et itor s, i ncluding the New Zealand Black Stacks, fresh from their medal winning performance in Taiwan, took part in the event.

This tournament also doubled as trials for the 2018 New Zealand Black Stacks team, who would be competing in the USA next year at the World Sport Stacking Championships. Sport stacking, also known as cup stacking, is an individual and team sport where participants stack and unstack 12 specially designed plastic cups in pre-determined sequences.

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Wellington Men’s taking part in the volleyball competition. PHOTO: Julie Maree Photography

Kilbirnie centre hosts national tournament Wellington’s top volleyballers played at a national competition held in Kilbirnie at the weekend. Fifty-two teams from across New Zealand in senior, under 20 and 17 performance categories took part in the event held at the ASB Sports Centre. The event was described as a chance to celebrate 50 years of volleyball in New Zealand. “This was a great opportunity for many of our top volleyballers from the junior development programmes to play alongside the best senior players in a top-class stadium,” Volleyball New Zealand’s game development manager Matt Wenn said.

“This exciting concept is expected to become an annual event on the national calendar providing a representative pathway for all our top volleyball players.” Wellington came second in the senior men’s division and fourth in the senior women’s division. In the coming months many of the players would be hoping to represent New Zealand in international play. The New Zealand women would travel to the Philippines to play in the Asian Championships while the men would play in Australia in phase two of the 2018 World Championships.

Jimmy Spithill’s words of war Oracle’s Jimmy Spithill is what sport contests need. The chirpy Aussie is not wasting any opportunities to stick it to Team New Zealand either on the water or at the press conferences at the America’s Cup in Bermuda. Jimmy has won both races against Team New Zealand and has lambasted them publicly for their tactical errors and even made claims he has an inside source in the Kiwi camp. It’s entertaining and it gives the America’s Cup some colour to go with the spectacular visuals of the racing between these machines competing at more than 75kph. Spithill’s gum flapping is reminiscent of a heavyweight boxer talking trash for that intangible mental advantage. Having said that, he who laughs last laughs best and with Oracle and

Team New Zealand clearly the best two teams, it’s likely they will face each other many times yet over the next month. Spithill’s cocky chat is typically Australian and it gets a kiwi back up promptly. It’s smart tactics from cup holders. Also though, the banter proves that Team New Zealand are a threat on the water. Peter Burling is learning on the job and, unlike former helmsman Dean Barker, is a proven winner and will get better over time. However, Spithill’s talk give us the protagonist versus antagonist match up that goes so well together in sport. In these modern times of respect and political correctness, it’s a refreshing approach and a throwback to decades ago.

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