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Thursday October 4, 2018

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‘Inspirational’ TP to lead Wellington’s Halberg Games team By Jamie Adams

Parafed Wellington has its largest team ever heading off to represent Wellington at this year’s Halberg Games at Auckland’s Kings College, on October 5-7. The 17-strong team has been training intensively over the past eight weeks attending weekly athletics sessions at Newtown Park in preparation for the games, a national Olympics for physically disabled and visually impaired eight to 21 year olds. They have also had two swimming sessions with a Paralympic swimming coach. Youth co-ordinator Kate Horan says she is very excited for the team, who will compete on an even playing field. There are 20 sports available including adaptive cricket, athletics, wheelchair rugby and basketball, catering for all levels and abilities. “Most of them are doing both athletics and swimming. Some will get to try sports for the first time. Some events will be competitive and some non-competitive.” The team will be led by Tristan-Perry (TP) Moananu of Miramar, whom Kate describes as an “inspiration” for other kids.

TP is a member of the Halberg Youth Council, a group of 10 young leaders from around the country who represent the voice of physically disabled youth. TP is visually impaired and can only see in blotches, with no central vision. The 17-year-old Wellington College student will compete in four athletics events – shot put, discus, 50m sprint and 100m sprint, as well as a swimming event and, for the first time, golf. TP has been training hard in the leadup to the Games, by attending Parafed Wellington training sessions, as well as keeping fit at Rongotai gym Elevate+. Its operator Pat Ho has sponsored TP to train there and has also provided him with a nutritional food plan. “It’s been really helpful with getting me prepared,” he says. “It was great to meet people with other experiences.” TP will aim to repeat his win in the 100m from last year and improve his times and distances in the other events. Kate says the Halberg Games are as much about athletes forming friendships and building dreams as it is about winning medals.

Wellington pips Canterbury to take junior cross-country title More than 80 young cross country runners from across the Greater Wellington region returned from Nelson having won the annual Inter-regional Primary and Intermediate Schools Cross Country Championships. The event is in its 14th year with Canterbury and Wellington going into this year having won the Phil Costley Shield five times (the two regions were joint winners in 2008, 2010, 2012). This year’s win puts Wellington one ahead. This year was closely contested battle, as after nine events, Wellington narrowly fended off Canterbury to win the Shield by only five points. The years 5 to 8 athletes are the top 10 runners in their age group from Wellington, Masterton, South Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, Porirua and Kapiti Coast. Wellington co-ordinator Kirsty McTan-

nery says the team was notable for the amazingly high number of twins. “The year 8 girls team of nine runners had five twins in it, with one set of identical twins running in the team. Of the remaining three girls, two have twin brothers, and one has an identical twin sister.” Vice captain Nathaniel Daniel was also noted for his selfless sportsmanship after a Wellington teammate, Somalian refugee Muse Abraha-Berhe of St Patrick’s School in Kilbirnie, tripped before finishing second in the year 8 boys’ race. “He fell near the finish line and his Wellington team mate who was coming third helped him up rather than run past.” Team captain Jack Hunter of Wairarapa won his fourth consecutive race, meaning he now has every title from year 5 to 8. He is only the second runner to achieve this in the history of the event.

Lions hope to roar back from loss The Wellington Lions will be aiming to make amends when they take on Auckland in the ninth round of the Mitre 10 Cup premiership at Westpac Stadium tonight. After a 49-7 thrashing of Manawatu the previous week, the Lions were brought back to Earth after losing to the Tasman Mako 2822 at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night. The win, which lifted Tasman to the top of the premiership table, was built around a disciplined forward effort as they held a clear edge up front. While the two sides were even in a lot of facets of play, it was Tasman’s ability to strike at key times that also gave them their overall advantage. The visitors’ driving play also put the home

side under pressure for periods as they were well organised and ruthless in the right parts of the field. It was a huge credit to the character of the Lions, especially on defence, that they kept themselves in the game as Tasman dominated possession for long periods. The Lions also gave themselves a chance at victory late in the match when replacement Thomas Umaga-Jensen crossed out wide but the Mako held on through their ability to hold on to the ball as the seconds ticked away. The Lions will play second-ranked Auckland at home tonight. Wellington are currently fourth on the table with two rounds to go.

Tristan-Perry (TP) Moananu, of Miramar, at last year’s Halberg Games. PHOTO: Supplied

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Jack of all trades the best midfield option I love Ryan Crotty but Jack Goodhue is the best midfield option for the All Blacks. Goodhue appears to be a generational talent, like Brodie Retallick was after the 2011 World Cup. The reality is, that Crotty is a tremendously reliable player. The 31-year-old is not a flashy player, but like Ben Smith, he’s a safe pair of hands who rarely makes a mistake and has excellent game awareness. Goodhue, from Northland, but playing for the Crusaders appears to have the silky skills to handle one of the busiest positions in rugby and he’s only 23-years-old. Goodhue has taken to the international game like a proverbial duck to water. The All Blacks’ 35-17 road win

against Argentina made it clear that Goodhue is the long-term midfield answer. Crotty’s best days appear behind him, not only through age but injury as well. Sonny Bill Williams has and always will be a pet project but he too is hanging on for next year’s World Cup in Japan. SBW continues to give you what you expect - the odd brain fade and a few magical off-loads. Williams has reached his peak, as has Crotty and I’d suggest Goodhue is already better than them both. Goodhue is physically confronting on defence, well organised and has a deft slight of hand which can cause havoc on attack. The next 10-year All Black is here and he’s a boy from Northland.

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