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A splashing success

By Jamie Adams

Wellington may have turned the corner when it comes to the decline of school swimming facilities with the opening of a new and improved indoor pool on Saturday. Wellington East Girls College’s 59-year-old summer-only outdoor pool has been transformed into a state-of-the-art indoor heated “Aquadome”, to be used all year round.

The project has been nearly 10 years in the making, costing $1.3 million. Half of the funding came from Wellington City Council, the other half from 16 sponsors as well as a Pledge Me fundraising campaign. Swimming Trust of Wellington chair Steve Hind says the project was a collaborative effort of the trust, the school, councillors, parents and swimmers. Continued on page 2.

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester overlooks the cutting of the ribbon for Wellington East Girls College’s new Aquadome alongside children at the official opening on Saturday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

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New college swimming facility arrests school pool decline Continued from page 1. It was first touted in 2008 when concern about the pool’s lack of use and declining condition began to grow, correlating with an investigation into the state of Wellington’s school pools. “The school pools in Wellington were disappearing at a great rate,” Steve says. “A survey found 111 swimming pools in operation in Auckland. In Wellington we could find only 11. “Each year we hear about drowning statistics going up and schools not taking swimming lessons.” Steve met with Gary Hurring of CitySwim, which runs a Learn to Swim programme, and agreed investment was needed to avoid the pool deteriorating into an unusable condition. “We told the board of trustees we wanted to save it,” Steve says. With the financial support of the WEGC Parents Association, the school and the trust began a Pledge Me fundraising drive and attracted sponsorship from 16 organisations, mostly other community trusts. Despite underestimating how much a dome and modifications to the pool would cost, “the school helped us along and said ‘keep going’,” he says. The crucial catalyst to the project coming to fruition was the

Mayor Justin Lester, Swimming Trust of Wellington chairman Steve Hind, CitySwim director Gary Hurring and Rongotai MP Paul Eagle under the new Aquadome. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Wellington City Council voting to set up a Schools Pool Fund to address the decline. “If it wasn’t for the council putting aside $200,000 from the fund this would never have happened,” Steve says. Eventually exactly half the cost was met by the council. WEGC principal Sally Haughton says the Aquadome is a testament not only to people who swim but also how people can mobilise around an idea. “The pool is not just about eastern suburbs swimmers but also families,” she says. “I’m really happy that it will connect across community and other schools.” Gary says the $1.3 million cost

was a bargain considering the project included transforming the 30m pool into a trainingsuitable 25m pool, with the remainder converted into a learners’ pool. “Others have paid $10-25 million for an indoor heated pool,” he says. Several current and former councillors attended a ribboncutting ceremony on Saturday. Mayor Justin Lester and former deputy mayor Paul Eagle were both pleased the council of the time had the foresight to support the project over investment in other pools. Paul, now part of a Labour-led Government, says he has re-

quested ministers Chris Hipkins and Grant Robertson put some education funding into school pools. Justin agrees, noting that despite being a country surrounded by water, one in seven children can’t swim. While WEGC students will be the primary users of the pool, other visiting school students will swim for free while community groups will pay for hireage. Along with CitySwim charging for Learn to Swim classes, the revenue will help cover maintenance costs and other initiaives to come later, such as a $100,000 air handling system to prevent condensation in the winter.

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“Although I love what I do for cycling, there’s a lot of keyboard bashing, phone calls and meetings. I can’t wait to start the ride.” More than 600 people will line up for Tour Aotearoa, starting in six waves over a two-week period. It’s not a race - riders have up to 30 days to reach Bluff, following

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No plans for more co-ed schools in Wellington: Ministry By Jamie Adams

Scots College’s plan to allow girls to study in their senior classrooms will relieve parents frustrated with the lack of options for their teenage daughters who live in Wellington’s south and east. Wellington East Girls College is currently the only stateowned secondary school to cater exclusively for girls living in the area - and is actually located in the central suburb of Mt Victoria. The only other girls’ high school located south or east of the Basin Reserve is St Cath-

erine’s College, an integrated Catholic School in Kilbirnie. Those who would prefer co-educational teaching for their adolescent children may also be surprised to know there is just one such school to cater for not only those living in the south and east but also the central and many western suburbs - Wellington High School. Wellington City’s three other co-educational secondary schools - Tawa College, Onslow College and Newlands College - are all in the northern suburbs, at least 19km from Seatoun and subject to zoning rules. By contrast, there are three

boys’ colleges in the south and east - St Patrick’s, Rongotai and Scots - with Rongotai not being subject to the zoning that most other state schools are. Ministry of Education deputy secretary Sector Enablement and Support Katrina Casey says Wellington’s state or state-integrated schools have not advised the ministry of any plans to change which gender they cater for. “Generally it would be a school that would initiate a major change like this,” she says. “Any school would need to consult extensively with their

community before lodging an application with us.” Official projections indicate central and south Wellington will grow by 426 secondary students between now and 2043, Katrina says. “The same projections show a decline of 196 in eastern Wellington and a decline of 305 students in western Wellington. “These projections indicate there’s no need for a new secondary school in Wellington Central.” Katrina notes the last three state secondary schools to have opened in Wellington City are all co-educational.

Great Scot! College to allow girls in senior school By Jamie Adams

Girls will soon be joining the older boys at Scots College as its senior school introduces changes its headmaster says will improve student results and better prepare them for life after school. Last Friday Scots College announced it will welcome girls to its senior school in 2020, starting with 30 girls in Year 11 and 30 in Year 12. “Co-education at the senior level is an important step in preparing young people for adulthood and life beyond school,” headmaster Graeme Yule says. “Students feel more comfortable about who they are and it gives them a healthy, positive self-image to prepare them for university and entering the workforce.” The private Presbyterian college has a prep school for years 1-6 and a middle school for years 7-10, as well as the senior school. The prep and middle schools

will remain boys only as the evidence supports the benefits of a single-sex education for those ages, Graeme says The move would strengthen the relationships and increase collaborative course offerings with other private schools, he says. The provision of choice for girls living on the peninsula was also a factor, he says. There is only one secondary girls school located east of Mt Victoria - St Catherine’s College in Kilbirinie. He could not say if this was the start of a trend for other single-sex schools. “Others may have a different viewpoint about what’s best for their students.” He hopes there will be an even blend of the genders across subjects, especially traditionally male-dominated ones like IT. He accepts there will be “slightly different ways” of teaching but is confident the teachers will adjust. “Three-quarters of our staff

Headmaster Graeme Yule says the new policy is part of revamps that are happening at Scots College. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

have taught in co-ed schools.” The school will be investing in more classrooms and amenities for female students including a common room. It will also introduce more “flexible learning areas” to encourage collaboration. The introduction will be a staged approach with 2020’s year 12 intake to be the first

year 13s in 2021, while year 13s from other schools can join them that year. Graeme refutes speculation the move is purely financial, saying demand has never been higher. “The roll is booming. Eleven years ago we had under 700 students. We topped out at 880 last year.”

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Elderly encouraged to consider fewer medicines The Council of Medical Colleges (CMC) is encouraging older people to talk to their doctor about whether they could take fewer medicines. In the Capital & Coast DHB region, 29 percent of people aged over 65 are taking five or more long-term medications. The all-of-New Zealand rate is 35 percent. CMC chair Dr Derek Sherwood says it is important older people get their medicines reviewed regularly. “This helps make sure you are receiving the best treatment,” Derek says.

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Dad delivers wife’s baby then returns to work Being present for the birth of his first child was a precious moment for new dad Kapil Bhatt. It was a joyous occasion he and his wife Preeti shared in the safe surrounds of a hospital birthing unit. But little did they realise that just 18 months later what he witnessed and remembered that day would prove crucial when Preeti suddenly went into labour with baby number two. In a late-night drama at the couple’s Wellington home on December 21, Kapil ended up delivering their baby daughter himself after an ambulance rushing to get there didn’t make it in time. The 32-year-old CrestClean franchise owner, who had been working in the city, raced home to find his wife on the sofa about to give birth. “It happened very quickly and I caught the baby. She was very eager to come out,” he says. Minutes later after the ambulance crew arrived, Preeti and her new baby girl, who weighed in at 3.35kg, were checked over

and whisked off to hospital. Relieved to know everything was okay, Kapil turned his mind back to work - remembering he still had an office building to clean before the morning. He worked through the night, eventually finishing at 7am the next day. His coolness in delivering the baby and his determination to complete his work left his CrestClean boss speechless. “I think it’s absolutely gobsmacking amazing,” says Richard Brodie, CrestClean’s Wellington Regional Manager. “When he told me what had happened it took me a long time to click on to what he’d done. “He was just so matter-of-fact that he was there to help his wife deliver their baby.” The drama unfolded just before midnight after Kapil finished at a customer’s site to find several missed calls on his phone from his wife. When he called back his mother-in-law, Meena Joshi, answered. “She said where are you? Come home as fast as you

Kapil Bhatt with his wife Preeti and new baby girl Yana and son Dev. PHOTO: Supplied

can.” Rushing home, Kapil waited for an ambulance he’d called, all the while getting advice and guidance from an operator on the situation unfolding before his eyes. “There was no point in panicking, things will only go wrong if you panic. I had my mother-in-law there and that

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Thirteen tips for staying cool during heatwave This summer so far has been exceptionally hot, with Wellington’s residents struggling to work and sleep. Wellington City Council’s experts have compiled the following tips to help you beat the heat: 1 - Swim in Cook Strait You don’t have to go all Meda McKenzie, but the normally chilly strait is warmer than normal and it’s beckoning. 2 - Shout your co-workers ice-cream sandwiches Now that New Year’s resolutions to lay off the treats have gone by the wayside, break out a box of vanilla ice cream and

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New technique helps curing anxieties and phobias By Julia Czerwonatis

Frances Lamb is New Zealand’s only certified practitioner to use a new technique that helps people with anxieties and phobias. Havening is a method designed to change the brain to de-traumatise the memory and remove its negative effects from both our psyche and body. Frances’s journey to becoming a life coach and havening practitioner started after she broke her leg during a skiing accident in Australia. Being immobile and recovering from her injuries, Frances began to study. “I studied NLP, which is short for neuro-linguistic programming,” Frances explains. “NLP is looking at how language can change the brain. I qualified as a master coach for NLP while I also trained in hypnosis.” During her research, Frances stumbles across the work of Ron Ruden, a US-American neuroscientist who, after 10 years of study, came out with a new therapy to help

Island Bay resident Frances Lamb is a certified havening practitioner since July last year. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

people with anxieties. Ron had released a book, a manual for his technique called havening which Frances bought out of interest. “So one day I had a client who was afraid of flying,” the Island Bay resident recalls. “I didn’t know the havening science nor had I ever tried doing it. I suggested it to the client and they agreed to try so we simply followed the handbook.” A few weeks later Frances received messages from her client while they were on holiday. “It blew my mind. They went on the plane and none of her anxieties were triggered. They used to be terrified of flying, and now this very simple application had this profound impact on their life.” Frances instantly signed up for a training course to become a certified havening techniques practitioner. “Havening delinks the emotional response from the traumatic memory using delta waves which our brain produces in deep, non-REM sleep,” Frances explains. Through stroking motions applied on the face, arms or palms, delta waves can be produced while the person is awake. “It’s a breakthrough in the field of trauma therapy,” Frances says. Havening practitioners around the world are specialists in different fields and use the method to improve therapy results with patients and clients.  Frances will organise a two-day workshop with her mentor Tony Burgess in mid-August for people who are interested in becoming havening practitioners. Contact Frances via hello@franceslamb. co.nz or visit franceslamb.co.nz for more information.

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Kilbirnie Farmers raises $9320 for Mary Potter Hospice Local Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti Farmers stores have donated $58,883 to Mary Potter Hospice as part of the Caring Connections in Our Community programme between Farmers and Hospice NZ. The Kilbirnie store raised $9320 this year, up from $8607 last year. Other stores are Lambton Quay, Kilbirnie and Paraparaumu. Nationally a phenomenal $768,162 was donated to hospice services through the arrangement.

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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Are school uniforms too expensive? Should we abolish them?

Brigid Wilson, Kilbirnie “Yes, it costs me $1200 to buy a uniform. I think some children need uniforms though so that they don’t feel disadvantaged. The Government should subsidise them.”

Toni Delich, Hataitai “Yes. Probably more so for those who can’t pass the uniform on to younger siblings. I know some families like them because of the cost of other clothing.”

LETTERS to the editor Editor’s note: While the Cook Strait News welcomes robust discussion of local issues and reactions to the opinions of those who express them, we would like to remind readers to keep it civil and avoid making personal attacks that could lead to an ongoing war of words. Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to news@ wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

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Clare Sullivan, Miramar “Yes they are very expensive. Something needs to be done. I think school uniforms are good as it means there’s no pressure to be different.”

John Clark, Dunedin “They are great but hugely expensive. My [adult] children aren’t well-off. Why can’t parents get a cheap T-shirt and sew on the badge?”

Gary Tonks, Berhampore “Uniforms are good but they are too expensive, especially compared to mufti-fit. School authorities need to investigate through the right channels as to why that is the case.”

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Quote Bible accurately if you’re going to mock Dear Editor; About Rose Wu’s letter of Jan. 25, I agree with her ideas about the announced closing of the Newtown Postshop and Kiwibank, except that sacking the CEO of NZ Post would not be of much use in getting that decision reversed. However, I’d like to know just what Bible she has; since Matthew 23:17, spoken by Christ Himself, is: “Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?” I’m not sure of where she found the words she cites; but in any case, they are irrelevant to the person she mocks, me! Your readers will easily judge for themselves which of us two indulges in rantings; and time will tell how accurate or otherwise my doomsday predictions are. H Westfold, Miramar [abridged]

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Our national day should be “New Zealand Day” Dear Editor; Re your Jan. 25 “Word on the Street”, it would be a good idea for us to call February 6 to cease naming the holiday Waitangi Day, and to call it New Zealand Day. True, as Ms Sharland says, this could be the name of any day in the year; but this is also true of some other public holidays; and New Zealand Day would seem to unite all residents of our country, of all races, in thinking of its entire existence from all time, and of things we can all be proud of. Let’s face it: from 1990, if not earlier, Waitangi Day has been, in practice, a day of interracial friction and ill will that gets worse and worse, with unchecked, provocative, lawless behaviour.

Incidentally, all the expenses for all the Maori participants at Waitangi itself are paid by the taxpayers. Ms Flutey is misinformed: it was changed from Waitangi Day to New Zealand Day for a few years before being changed back to Waitangi Day, perhaps from a desire to gain support from Maori voters for the Government that changed it back. I don’t think most non-Maori residents, at the time, cared much about which name was used; but after recent experiences, a significant number of such people may now be more in favour of “New Zaland Day”. H Westfold, Miramar

No integrity among bottle store chains It was good to see Rose Wu back from her sojourn and in good stead. But there is another important Newtown issue that needs airing - the bottle store chain are determined to push their Newtown application against the goodwill of all its residents! While the chain group may project their integrity - the Newtown residents have worked hard over the years and the

resulting reduction in alcohol related incidence in Newtown would increase if another cheap bottle store opened here. Such so-called honest chains demand the police maintain constant patrol pressure on unemployed Newtown pedestrians, while the chain stores weave their doings behind in comfort. Martin Beck, Mornington

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Shakespeare play to be held at cinema carpark By Jamie Adams

Summer Shakespeare Wellington will celebrate its 35th year with fast-paced farce The Comedy of Errors to be performed at an entirely unique location. The 2018 production will take up residence in the Reading Cinemas Courtenay Central carpark where it will become a temporary part of the newly redesigned lower Tory Street. This location brings Summer Shakespeare into the heart of the CBD and while other productions have been held outside their usual location at the Botanic Garden, this will be the first such event to take place here. “The Comedy of Errors is set in Ephesus which, like Wellington, is an incredibly welcoming city; you can make a home and explore who you want to be,” director Samuel Phillips says. Samuel says while the carpark encapsulates the urban environment he wanted to recreate Ephesus, it’s not just about that. “What excites me the most is it ties in with what the city is trying to do,” he says, referring to attempts to revitalise an area that is now exposed since the carpark building was razed due to the 2016 earthquake damage. “They [Reading Cinemas management] embraced our idea.” The set, designed by students from

Victoria University’s architecture school, will be much grander than other Shakespeare plays Samuel has directed at other CBD venues, which weren’t Summer Shakepeare productions. The Comedy of Errors will be the seventh Summer Shakespere play for producer Sally Thorburn. She says the “hugely different” style of plays is what draws her back each year. “There are people who love the experience so much that they come back and do more than one production,” she says. “Sometimes cast members can be young and old. It’s an open audition and we have students from Whitireia and NZ Film School graduates.” The main twin characters of Antipholus and Syracuse - who, as outlined in the original play, have their identities mistaken for humorous effect - will be played by Michael Hockey and James Cain. As something of a coincidence, both had attended the same high school in Hamilton and were unaware of the connection until they won the parts. In sticking with the twin themes, the two actors will switch roles each night, which Sally hopes will encourage people to see it a second time.  The Comedy of Errors will run from February 16 to March 3. Tickets are $12-18 and are available at eventfinda. co.nz. The show is alcohol-free.

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Quartet to bring sounds of sax to Breaker Bay A long-running saxophonist quartet is making a rare visit to Wellington after touring the country and abroad for 25 years. “Saxcess” - consisting of soprano Debbie Rawson, alto Reuben Chin, tenor Simon Brew and baritone Graham Hanify - will bring their colourful trademark mix of swing, classical, blues, baroque, tango and contemporary styles to Breaker Bay Hall on February 11. “We will also tell you the fascinating story of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone,” Debbie says. Saxcess was formed in late 1992 and made its debut in the Sydney Opera House at a concert staged by the Royal Australian Air Force to commemorate the battle of the Coral Sea. In 1994 the group travelled to Belgium for a three-week tour in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the death of the founder of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax. Since then, Saxcess has undertaken nu-

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Staff clean up bays as running event looms Sport Wellington’s Round The Bays team and its staff spent last Thursday afternoon cleaning up the shoreline along Shelly Bay Road and Massey Road in the preparation for the Wellington’s premier fun run/walk on Sunday, February 18. Starting at Frank Kitts Park and ending at Kilbirnie Park, Cigna Round the Bays will see thousands of participants take part in the 6.5km, Active Families, Mitre 10 Buggy Walk, Bluebridge 10km and Cigna Achilles Half Marathon events – with the half marathon runners making their way out to a turnaround point at Scorching Bay. Cleaning up the beachside course for event day was a priority for the eco-conscious event team. “Some of the little beaches around Shelly Bay were just litter havens,” event director Anna Carrington says. “It

was very sad, so we are doing something about it.” The clean-up crew worked in groups to pick up rubbish along the coast where the half marathon course takes place. Broken glass and plastic were the main items found but there were a number of spots where people had dumped bagloads of rubbish. Helpers were treated to afternoon tea compliments of the Chocolate Fish Café as a thank you from the local business for their efforts. Since its inception in 1979 with just under 4000 participants, Cigna Round the Bays has grown to last year having over 14,300 take part in running or walking around Wellington’s scenic waterfront.  Registrations for the event can be made online at cignaroundthebays. co.nz.

Sport Wellington’s Round The Bays team and staff at Shelly Bay after Thursday’s beach cleanup. PHOTO: Supplied

OBITUARY

Tributes flow for Graham Williams By Jamie Adams

A funeral was held yesterday for former All Black and Wellington games record holder Graham Williams, who died last week after a long illness. Graham had been suffering from dementia and motor neurone disease. He would have turned 73 on Friday. Raised in Seatoun and a graduate of Rongotai College, Graham played for Oriental-Rongotai and was selected to play for the Wellington rep team as a school leaver, a rare feat in those days. He played a record 174 games as flanker for the Lions, finishing his long career in 1976. His career peaked in 1967 when he was

Graham Williams as an All Black in 1967. PHOTO: Supplied

selected for the All Blacks squad. He played 18 games for the All Blacks, including five tests. He scored 16 tries, including five in a tour match against Tasmania. He weighed only 90kg at his peak, notably light compared to the behemoths of today. Lifelong friend Peter Jack remembers Graham as brave, hard-working and extremely resilient. Peter notes one of the remarkable aspects of Graham was his ability to shrug off injury, recounting an incident where he fell off a footbridgewhile playing a round at Miramar Golf Club in 2011. “He dislocated his shoulder, yet he kept playing. That’s how tough he was - nothing would stop him.” Unbelievably, Graham continued to play rugby despite having his ear rucked off during a game against Auckland. It was later surgically reattached but he reportedly considered having it taped up so he could play on. Graham did not tour South Africa in 1970, not due to apartheid but because he put family first in the amateur era, Peter says. “He had work commitments and a young daughter and he felt he had to stay.” After retirement Graham was a principal partner of Williams and Adams, Wellington’s longest established and largest motor vehicle dealership. Wellington Mayor Justin Lester expressed his condolences when he heard of Graham’s passing. “Graham was a huge figure in rugby, and for many years was the pride of Wellington,” Justin says. “The Williams and Adams car dealership was a big employer in Wellington and Graham was always a popular boss, someone many people speak fondly of.”

Champs all go as new track finally laid Newtown Park’s athletics track is finally ready for use. Athletics Wellington senior track and field chairman Charlie Nairne confirmed that remedial work on the track had been completed by Wednesday in time for this weekend’s Wellington Centre Championships and Wellington Masters Championships. The park had been closed for much of summer as the council instructed contractor Polytan to replace its recently-laid synthetic track due to air

bubbles emerging under parts of it. The new track had not been completed in time for a major athletics meet to be held there late last month, forcing the event to be shifted to Whanganui. The cautious approach instructed by council officers led to concern that it would not be ready for this year’s two Wellington championships. However Athletics Wellington announced on Facebook on January 23 that the track would be ready for use by this week, weather permitting.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Women return serve at Aussie Open The women’s tennis at the Australian Open has been of high quality and may signal a resurgence for the women of the sport. After 15 years of men’s tennis dominating the landscape thanks to such surnames as Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray, it seems like that era may be coming to an end. The women’s final between Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki was absorbing tennis across three sets between the two highest ranked players in the world. Wozniacki prevailed against a tiring top seed Halep who had survived match points and epic three setters earlier in the tournament. Halep’s tenacity had seen her win many admirers over the fortnight and I’m not ashamed to admit she was the reason I tuned into the women’s side of the draw. Wozniacki in her own right finally delivered on years of being the brides-

maid and never the bride. The duo look set to lead the women’s game into the next chapter while an ageing Serena Williams lurks in the background as she makes her return after becoming a mother late last year. It was refreshing to see compelling tennis that didn’t involve the big four. I’ve long zoned out of women’s matches at grand slams because of the vast number of champions at the top level over the past decade and the seemingly one-sided shorelines that have become the norm. The men’s is set to have a golden era end very soon and the time is right for the women to take the momentum and go with it. On a side note - Federer at 36 yearsold is phenomenal. Goes to show you that Father Time can be slowed if you are smart and manage your playing workload and don’t punish your joints too much on court.


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