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Wednesday May 2, 2018

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Young rower on her way up

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with Jacob Page

Bumbling Blues a sign of the times Evie Bond, who coxed the North Island under-18 girls’ 4 and 8 crews in the recent North vs South Island regatta. PHOTO: Supplied By Glenise Dreaver

For 16-year-old rower Evie Bond of Samuel Marsden College, her recent Maadi Cup performance as cox of the school’s under-18 team started a course of events that is seeing her move up the ladder in the rowing world. A few weeks after the Maadi, Evie had the chance to trial for the u-18 North Island girls’ team, in preparation for the annual north-south regatta. Her selection wasn’t just about coxing in a boat says Evie. “We also had an interview about ourselves, our personality and where we wanted to go in rowing.” She was successful and coxed the North Island u-18 girls’ 4 and 8 crews, though sadly not to victory. “The South Island beat us in terms of points but it gave us the chance to bond as a crew and to meet people from all over New Zealand. It was an amazing experience and

I’ve made lots of friends.” “And we are all keeping in touch through Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook – things like that.” She is In year 12 at school, but was Evie’s last year in the u-18 level as there is a strict eligibility criteria and she turns 17 before the end of the year. Her ultimate aim is to make the elite New Zealand team, though she has another year at school, where the director of rowing is former British gold medal rower Rachel Gamble-Flint. She’s just amazing,” says Evie, who started rowing at the school in year 9. Evie also said she owes a lot to Catherine Duffin, who coached her in her second season. Keeping fit during the winter is not an issue for this Lyall Bay girl. “Mum’s a really good runner. She does lots of it, so I go with her.”

As a child, the saying “When Auckland rugby is strong, New Zealand rugby is strong”. No more. That was 1996, the Auckland team were still the provincial benchmark and The Blues were on their way to being the first Super 12 champions. How times have changed. Calling the Blues a shadow of their former selves would be insulting to shadows. Their latest home loss, 20-13 to Argentina’s Jaguares will do little to promote goodwill for the team which now has a generation of fans which don’t know what success looks like. The other four Kiwi franchises have all won the Super Rugby title in the past five years. All Black rugby has been the global measuring stick for the past decade. The 2018 Blues have been hampered by injuries to key players but in reality don’t have the firepower to be competitive in a tough Kiwi conference. Coach Tana Umaga seems to have his hands tied. Yes, he is as accountable as the players for the effort on the field but Blues fans

must realise he doesn’t have the cattle to create positive change. The Auckland franchise have chopped and changed coaches looking for the right forecast to blow the winning winds of change through Eden Park. It is time they find quality players and invest in them long term. They need a quality No 10 and a leader or two in the forwards. They also need help mentally. Winning is as much a habit as losing is. The Blues don’t know how to win and panic when the game is tight. Rumours the franchise is keen to re-sign Umaga to another contract. Despite the results, that seems like a logical thing to do. No other coach stands out as an obvious replacement at this stage. There is no solution that will quickly satisfy the thirst for winning the fans have. The reality is, the Blues stink but throwing the baby out with the bath water has been tried and it failed. Best stay the course and look for brighter days.

“I used to move much better…” Unfortunately there are too many people suffering with neck and back stiffness. They are stiff in the mornings, can’t tie their own shoelaces or can’t turn their head to back down the driveway. May is Arthritis Awareness Month, so Kelly Chiropractic is highlighting some important things you should know about osteoarthritis and offering you a special opportunity to improve your neck and back stiffness. What is Osteoarthritis and what causes it? Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and the leading cause of chronic disability in the elderly. The symptoms are pain and stiffness, typically this occurs in the spine and weight-bearing joints initially, which can be confirmed with x-rays. There are numerous causes including a hereditary component, however one of the common causes of OA is trauma. If you have had an injury to your knee or ankle earlier in life and it wasn’t fully rehabilitated at the time, it is more likely to develop OA. Similarly, if you have

had an injury to your spine then you are more likely to have OA in that part of your spine. When the wheels of a car are out of alignment the tyres show abnormal wear. The same thing can happen to the vertebrae of a spine that is misaligned - it can start to degenerate. Improper function of the vertebrae can also lead to inflammation and irritation on the spinal nerves as they exit the spinal column and this can lead to other health problems. What can you do about it? Chiropractors conduct a comprehensive examination of the spine and can take x-rays to assess the state of your spine. If functional problems are found we can begin a course of care to restore function to your spinal joints. We may not be able to restore you to your peak physical state (when you were 25!), but most patients get some improvement. As well as getting your spine checked there are things you can do to delay the onset or slow the progression of OA, such as controlling your weight and doing regular exercise like walking or swim-

ming. We will offer advice on these other things. Is this you? Although most people present to chiropractors for back pain, neck pain or headaches, I will give you an example of how we help people with spinal osteoarthritis. Very often we will see a patient in their 60’s who has just realized they are having trouble backing the car out of the drive. We will perform an exam which often includes spinal x-rays. We find degeneration of the spine, confirmed by what we see on the x-rays. We begin a course of chiropractic adjustments, designed to improve function to the spine and prescribe exercises to help improve the flexibility. As part of Arthritis Awareness Month we are offering a simple free spinal check to determine if you are someone that could benefit from chiropractic care. Call us on 4786194 before the end of May to make a booking for yourself or a friend. We will let you know if you need a full examination. If x-rays are required we can do these on-site. 12 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville Ph: 04 478 6194

Independent Herald 02-05-18  

Independent Herald 02-05-18

Independent Herald 02-05-18  

Independent Herald 02-05-18