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Thursday April 5, 2018



Free workshop for volunteer rugby coaches Ex-Highlanders player John Leslie has ramped up his goal to boost the number of junior rugby coaches by rebooting his acclaimed training programme. The former Scotland international says there’s no shortage of mums and dads willing to get involved in coaching – but they often lack good resources to make it happen. The Dunedin-based rugby guru is visiting the Marist St Pats rugby club to pass on tips in a new series of free workshops for volunteer rugby coaches throughout New Zealand. Commercial cleaning firm CrestClean is backing Leslie’s programme by supporting the 50 training events, meaning he can run the skills clinics free of charge. Leslie, who set up LeslieRug-

Former Highlander John Leslie. PHOTO: Supplied

by in 2006 to foster the game at grassroots level, has totally reworked his training ideology. He is determined to put the fun back in coaching. “People can get stuck at practice, especially if they haven’t got their planning right,” he says. “These workshops are all about giving volunteer rugby coaches a plan so they’ll never feel stuck or frustrated at rugby practice again.” John worked on the new coaching programme with his close friend Tony Brown, a former Highlanders coach who led them to their Super Rugby Championship in 2015 and now coaches Japan’s national rugby team. He says the workshops are aimed to empower attendees. Each coach walks away with a solid understanding of how

to run an hour-long coaching session. The programme is a way to help strengthen junior rugby teams from the ground up and enhance the quality of the experience for everyone who’s involved, he says. Grant McLauchlan, CrestClean’s managing director says junior rugby suffers from a lack of trained coaches - but no shortage of keen parents who want to give it a go. “What they need is a training plan to bring out the best in their kids’ teams. That’s why LeslieRugby and CrestClean have teamed up to develop an easy-to-follow programme of core skills,” he says. The coaching workshop is on this Saturday, April 7, 9.3010.30am at Marist St Pats Rugby Club, Evans Bay Park, Kilbirnie.

Wicked Wellington weather makes Waterbourne a success Wellington Harbour provided ideal conditions for extreme water-sports athletes last weekend, allowing them to showcase their abilities in a variety of challenging conditions. More than 80 athletes competed at the three-day Waterbourne competition at the weekend, with windsurfing, kitesurfing and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) events. Day one of Waterbourne provided perfect conditions for the Paddle for Hope charity race and the SUP sprints,

with Trevor Tunnington (Auckland) winning the men’s title and Helen Blair (Auckland) claiming the women’s title. Despite rough conditions developing during the multi-facet Ocean Clash race on day two, Trevor battled his way to victory. Matt Taggart (Raglan) was the first kitesurfer to cross the line. Saturday also saw the Kite Big Air Nationals, with Ticiana Fetterman’s spectacular performance taking her to the women’s title and fellow Aucklander Marc Jacobs claiming the men’s

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title. Slalom windsurfing racing dominated the final day of Waterbourne, with Jack Holliday from Auckland claiming the Waterbourne Windsurfing title ahead of brother Luke Holliday. Event organiser and professional windsurfer Laurence Carey was proud of the success of New Zealand’s premier extreme

water-sports event in Wellington. “The ideal weather conditions and the fantastic spirits brought by all the competing athletes created an awesome and intense weekend of competition,” Laurence says. “Next year we hope for Waterbourne to be even bigger, which will allow for more athletes to compete from overseas and New Zealand,” said Carey.”

Luke Holliday powers away to second place in the men’s slalom windsurfing event on Wellington Harbour on Sunday. PHOTO: Georgia Schofield

Change, not demise for Joseph Parker In defeat comes the chance for Joseph Parker to reinvent. While many painted a bleak outlook for his career prospects following his predictable defeat to Great Britain’s Anthony Joshua in Cardiff on Sunday, realistically there’s a chance for the young Kiwi boxer to get back to the top in the future. The time has come to part ways with veteran trainer Kevin Barry and give Parker to a trainer with fresh eyes, new techniques and a more worldly perspective. Barry has taken both Parker and David Tua to world title fights offshore and both men have been out-boxed. Barry is clearly an astute boxing trainer but Parker has reached the ceiling Barry can take him. The 26-year-old had few answers to

Joshua who effectively used his height and reach advantage to jab Parker out of the contest much like Lennox Lewis did to David Tua 18 years ago. Parker did not disgrace himself but never looked like pulling off the victory. Perhaps a change of trainer and a change in environment would refreshen the Kiwi-Samoan as he goes back to the drawing board. Plan B of hoping Joshua got tired in the later rounds simply didn’t work. Time is on Parker’s side, he’s still young, but changes must be made and Barry seems a logical one. Parker proved he deserved the stage he was on in front of 80,000 people in the Welsh capital but his winning chances fizzled away quicker than David Warner’s international cricket career.

Local rugby results for March 31: Premier (Swindale Shield)

Premier Reserve (Harper Lock Shield)

Northern United beat Wellington 33-8 Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Oriental-Rongotai 47-15 Poneke beat Tawa 25-20 Marist St Pats beat Wainuiomata 42-19

Northern United beat Wellington 62-12 Oriental-Rongotai beat Hutt Old Boys Marist 19-7 Poneke beat Tawa 28-20 Marist St Pats beat Wainuiomata 79-0

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