Wednesday October 18, 2017
Harriers celebrate the end of the season Wainuiomata Athletic and Harrier Club members have been able to enjoy their town’s awe-inspiring scenery while taking part in a number of club events this season. The club ended its season with a prize giving recently. This saw the points tallied and trophies awarded to Paul Richardson, Georgina Cox, Brendan McCauley, and Barbara Coley who all came first in their divisions. Cameron Forsyth and Arabella Joyce were also recognised for their efforts in the younger grades. A special mention went out to Harrier of the Year, Joel Carman. The young runner had an exceptional season securing himself a place on the Wellington Cross Country and Road Champs team, as well as the New Zealand Cross Country and Road Champs team. Joel will be taking a break
from competing under the Wainuiomata Athletic and Harrier Club as he begins tertiary education. Other competitive athletes were offered trips around the greater Wellington region to compete in inter club events, with Wainuiomata having a lot of success. The club itself had a number of highlights throughout the season including hosting the Wellington Road Champs and the Wainuiomata Classic Mountain Run. Athletes are now looking forward to March 2018 when the season begins again. If you are interested in giving the sport a go, contact Wainuiomata Athletic and Harrier Club president Nikki Braniff-Jones on 021 0234 8292.
Wainuiomata Athletic and Harrier Club members celebrate the end of the year. PHOTO: Supplied
Yoga good for communities By Dan Whitfield
Community yoga classes are great for releasing the stress and anxiety that we build up as part of living busy lives, says recreation programmer Rebecca Grigg. Rebecca is part of the team at Hutt City Council that is behind the Yoga Flavours initiative bringing community yoga classes to Wainuiomata. Wainuiomata yoga classes run every Tuesday from 6.45pm at the Wainuiomata Memorial Hall on Queen St. “I think that mental and physical wellness is important. It’s about making classes accessible and affordable for everyone because people are busy,” Rebecca says. Although the classes have been running for only one term, they
A yoga class in Wainuiomata recently. PHOTO: Supplied
with Jacob Page
The end of football’s Cinderella story The All Whites should be happy to face Peru in their home and away World Cup qualifier next month. Yes, it would have been great to have the superstars of Argentina or Chile come to our shores but the reality is, Peru will be a more realistically beatable team over two legs. Peru are smaller players, so the All Whites should be able to compete aerially. Peru will still be heavy favourites and it will be important for Winston Reid’s men to get a win
with a clean sheet during the first leg at Westpac Stadium. Chris Wood is in fine form after his transfer to the English Premier League and much of the attacking impetus will come down to his ability. In reality, Peru should win and win comfortably but the first leg will sell out as people reminisce about the glorious 2010 run. With FIFA expanding the number of teams at the World Cup from 2022, Oceania, of which New Zealand is part of, will gain one automatic qualification spot
which means this type of high stakes game will be no more after the Peru series. Gone too will be the Cinderella stories like the All Whites teams of 1982 and 2010. Gone is the chance to become heroes, the likes of Steve Sumner, Ricki Herbert and Ryan Nelsen. For me, that’s a little sad but hopefully with the potential of an easier road to the World Cup, the national team can play more matches together regularly and improve their skills and cohesion.
have grown in popularity with between 10 and 20 people turning up on a regular basis. Wainuiomata classes are taken by Kate Ritchie of Spiritual Graffiti Yoga. “The classes are designed to be beginner friendly – and are for people of all ages.” Rebecca says it was uplifting to read a testimony of a regular participant recently who was happy that the classes were continuing in Wainuiomata after the school holidays and that they loved being part of them from week to week. Classes run for one hour and cost $5 – however, the first class is free. People who are unemployed or studying can also attend the classes in exchange for a koha. “People can just turn up,” Rebecca says.
Wainuiomata News 18-10-17