Thursday March 1, 2018
Special tournament shows golf club has no barriers By Jamie Adams
A golf tournament with a difference was held at Berhampore Golf Course on the weekend as special needs youth were given an opportunity to put their skills to the test in a supportive environment. Wellington City Council community liaison officer Ray Tuffin organised the accessible golf tournament, which saw a “fantastic” turnout of 40 players for the Morington Golf club event. They were divided into 10 groups of four, with each comprising of no less than one special-needs player. There was a mixture of members playing with their partner/wife, their children, their grandchildren, junior members, all mixed together with the accessible players as one. The format was a two-person Ambrose, which placed all teams in an equal-skills-based approach. “We even had an entry from another club member who heard about the tournament and wanted to be involved,” Ray says. He says the day was full of laughter with many stories being told over dinner and refreshments. “There were no winners on the day, it was all about participation for all,” Ray says. “It certainly proves that the Morn-
Adrian Buckland tees off at the Accessible Golf Tournament at Berhampore Golf Course on Saturday. PHOTO: Supplied
ington Golf Club has no barriers when it comes to accessible sports for all.” The club currently host Wellington
Special Olympics Bocce and are working towards including lawn bowls, indoor bowls, and Tai Chi.
Extreme swimmer completes world challenge with Cook Strait crossing Despite stormy seas and strong currents potentially ruining any chance of a crossing, Czech woman Abhejali Bernadova became the tenth person in the world to complete the Seven Oceans Challenge when she swam across Cook Strait on Saturday. She completed the swim in 13 hours, 9 minutes and 48 seconds, arriving at the tip of the South Island around 9.20pm. The swim was longer than expected due to the rough conditions and strong currents. For several hours Abhejali was fighting merely to hold her position and not be pulled back towards Wellington, but when currents settled she was able to continue covering ground. The swim was executed north to south, which is against the usual direction, as high winds were expected near Wellington that afternoon. The timeframe to complete these crossings is extremely tight, as the swimmers can only attempt during either the full moon or on the half moon, when the currents and tides are at their calmest.
Abhejali battled high swells, seasickness and being stung by a jellyfish that got stuck in her swimsuit. She is the fourth woman and first from a landlocked country to have completed the Seven Oceans Challenge. The first woman to complete the challenge was New Zealander Kimberley Chambers. Abhejali completed the other six crossings over the past 10 years: The North Channel (Scotland), the Molokai Channel (Hawaii), the English Channel, the Catalina Channel (USA), the Tsugaru Strait (Japan) and the Strait of Gibraltar (Spain). Whereas over 1600 people have swum the English Channel, only 97 have crossed the Cook Strait. Like with the Cook Strait swim, these were completed on the first attempt and with no wetsuit. During her swim Abhejali was accompanied on kayak by Harita Davies, who in 2017 became New Zealand’s first woman to complete the world’s longest race – the Self Transcendence 3100-mile (4900km) Race in New York.
Cook Strait News 01-03-18