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Wednesday April 18, 2018

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Ultra marathon effort pays off

ABOVE: Are You OK? … Really? PADA trust board member and editor of their new book Leigh Breddenkamp with national manager Treena Cooper. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver LEFT: Mason and Jacqui Haggland both successfully completed the Ring of Fire Volcanic Ultramarathon on April 7. PHOTO: Supplied By Glenise Dreaver

The national office of PADA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa), in Broderick Road, is $1350 richer after a massive effort by Jacqui Haggland. She did a sponsored ultramarathon of 72k for them on April 7 – “The Ring of Fire Volcanic Ultra marathon”, says manager Treena Cooper. ”We all smiled when I found it. It seemed very appropriate.” It’s a demanding course, starting and ending at Chateau Ton-

gariro, with rough trails, creek crossings, uneven ground, rock scrambles and some climbing. The gift of Jacqui’s sponsorship money pays a month’s rent, says Treena. She approached Jacqui, from Titahi Bay, after reading her Trail Mum entry in a blog and noting she had already registered. Jacqui had talked about how running helped keep her sane, said Treena, adding that exercise is important in the prevention and treatment of depression. “It helps me retain a bit of me,” says Jacqui. With one child

of four and another just over a year old, a four-day-a week consultancy career in Thorndon, and fitting in four to eight hours a week running (much more as the ultramarathon drew nearer) she well understands the stressors facing mothers of young children. Not least are those surrounding exercising. So Jacqui knew, when approached to fundraise, that she wanted to support PADA. Her husband, Mason, also did his first ultra-marathon with her. “Jacqui suggested they do an ul-

Weather foils Cook Strait row

tramarathon together during her caesarean surgery,” said Treena. PADA staff are passionate about their work, mainly working with and offering training to the professionals who support mothers with depression. It’s a serious issue “The highest cause of death in pregnant women is suicide,” says fundraiser Gillian Ransom. She says the PADA trust, with its four part time workers, operates “without a cent” of government money. Their $100,000 budget comes from organisations like

the Lottery Trust Board, other grant organisations and fundraising initiatives like Jacqui’s, So the launching of their first-ever book, sponsored by the Pelorus Trust, with its 300 pages and 21 authors, all experts on the subject, will provide a small income for years to come.  Their next event is their popular ‘Pound the Pathway for PADA’ event in Porirua, on Sunday May 6. If you would like to walk/run and fundraise for PADA, contact them at events@ pada.nz.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Shambolic Ferns deserve hard questions PHOTO: Supplied By Glenise Dreaver

The all-woman Through the Blue rowing team had to postpone last weekend’s attempt at rowing Cook Strait. Rachel Gamble-Flint said on Friday the swell created from last week’s storm was over two meters high, with another weather system moving in on Monday.

“Very frustrating, but also always a possibility with this stretch of sea,” she added. “ Ultimately the conditions need to be safe for both the crew and the safety boats.” “We are going to use this weekend as an opportunity to go for a long training rows in the sheltered Sounds, and hoping that over the next few weeks the weather clears and we get a chance for another attempt as soon as possible.”

LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS: • Premier (Swindale Shield)

Marist St Pats beat Johnsonville 31-20 Old Boys Univeristy beat Oriental Rongotai 48-12 Tawa beat Avalon 33-10

• Premier Reserve (Harper Lock Shield) Marist St Pats beat Johnsonville 81-3 Tawa beat Avalon 82-12 Old Boys University vs Oriental Rongotai 31-17

• Women’s (Rebecca Liua’ana Trophy) – Gala Day Marist St Pats beat Old Boys University 38-17

• First Grade (Thompson Memorial Cup) Old Boys University beat Poneke 127-5

• Les Mills Under 21 (JRD Cup)

Paremata-Plimmerton beat OBU White 80-0 Johnsonville beat Avalon 64-3 OBU Black beat Wainuiomata 27-12

• Les Mills Under 21 (Paris Memorial Trophy) OBU Green beat Tawa 57-0

• 85 kg Restricted (DNU)

OBU Bunnies beat Western Suburbs 41-15

Jenny-May Clarkson asks a question - then outrage ensues. This is why sports interviews are so dull. Clarkson, longtime TVNZ sports journalist, former Silver Fern and current top-level netball coach asked Silver Ferns captain Katrina Grant if the players still had pride in the black dress? The question came after a nine-goal defeat to England, the Ferns’ biggest losing margin to the team ever and hot on the heels of their loss to Malawi which will go down as one of the biggest upsets in Commonwealth Games history. Grant’s reaction to the question was tears and a firm stance that there is pride in the dress. Social media erupted calling Clarkson a bully and demanding she be fi red for her insensitive and harsh question. The reality is, that the question was fair, well-timed and came from someone with more credentials than most to ask it. Ultimately, the Ferns finished fourth, missing a medal for the first time in five efforts at the Commonwealth Games. Playing for New Zealand means you are accountable for your performance

to the nation, the fans and the media. Clarkson should be applauded for doing her job and asking the question on everyone’s lips whose head wasn’t being overruled by their heart. Netball is New Zealand’s largest female participation sport and for our top side to be flopping so horrifically on a stage they are normally highly competitive in is totally unacceptable. Fans have already called for coach Janine Southby’s resignation - and that of those who employed her at Netball New Zealand. Southby refuses to bow to that pressure in the immediate aftermath of the bronze medal match loss. Clarkson made a post-match interview meaningful. So often those interviews, regardless of the sport, are full of cliched answers and offer no genuine insight into the game for the viewer. Perhaps Grant’s tears prove this team does care. In all fairness, much of the blame must go to the coaching staff and the administrators who appointed them. This Ferns side is a rabble, playing a sport with no real global reach and failing spectacularly. Good on you, Jenny-May, the silent minority salutes you.

Independent Herald 18-04-18  

Independent Herald 18-04-18

Independent Herald 18-04-18  

Independent Herald 18-04-18