Rodney Times : December 14th 2010
29 RODNEY TIMES, DECEMBER 14, 2010 SPORT Nancy on guard at tournament Bronze medals: Nancy Liu, far right, won bronze in the women's team at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in Melbourne. A former Orewa College student won bronze in the women's team at the Com- monwealth Fencing Cham- pionships in October. The Commonwealth fenc- ing championship was in Melbourne before the start of the New Delhi games. It's my first international medal and it was excellent to get up on the podium wear- ing the national uniform and carrying the New Zealand flag,'' former Whangaparaoa resident Nancy Liu says. Nancy began representing New Zealand two years ago and has competed at both the national games and the World Cup in Sydney. Until her bronze medal finish, her best result was a top eight finish at the Aust- ralian National Champion- ships. Nancy discovered fencing in her first year at the Uni- versity of Auckland through the university's recreation centre. I was looking for a sport which hadn't been on offer at college as I wanted to try something new. The other option was handball but I was too short,'' she says. Nancy says she gave fenc- ing a go and fell in love with the sport. She trains with New Zealand university coach of the year Andrew Imms. Nancy is studying for her PhD at the University of Auckland. Riding a wave of success Orewa star: Teneale Hatton of Orewa has been selected for the New Zealand surf life saving team. Rising talent: Rachel Clarke has won selection in the development team. Patient pick-up: Muriwai finished third in the Waihi Beach surf rescue contest in an event dominated by East End. East End under-21 crewman Jared Gray gets set for the pick-up in the single rescue. Orewa kayaking star Teneale Hatton has been selected for the New Zealand surf life saving team. Rachel Clarke, also of Orewa, has been selected for the development team. She joins triple world beach flags champion Morgan Fos- ter who was selected again, and Piha teenager Kirsty Wannan has earned her first call-up. Other first-timers were Mt Maunganui board paddler Andrew Newton, Auckland ski paddler Travis Mitchell and South Brighton sprinter Chanel Hickman. They're the key features of the 12-strong team for the 2011 DHL Inter- national Surf Challenge in Mt Maunganui from January 31 to February 4. Evergreen veteran Foster, who turns 35 in January and won world titles in 2002, 2004 and 2006, will link with current world flags champion Paul Cracroft-Wilson. New Zealand coach Scott Bartlett says the pacy duo will share duties for the three-test series. We have a plan to rotate those two so we can get some real dominance in the beach relays,'' Bartlett says. They'll be valuable -- you could chuck either of them in the flags and they'll both destroy it. It's one of the rare areas we have that luxury.'' Teams from Australia, Japan, Great Britain, Canada and the United States have confirmed they'll be taking part in the International Challenge. Selectors also named a 12-strong New Zealand devel- opment team to compete. It includes Australian- based bolter Max Beattie, 19 later this month. Beattie won the ironman at the national trial and is a for- mer Queensland under-17 ironman champion. Steven Kent and Rachel Clarke of Orewa, who were in the New Zealand team at October's world champion- ships, have also made the development team, along with Gisborne-raised sisters Bailey and Kendall Elliott. The youngest team members are 17-year-old Midway prodigy Cory Taylor and 16-year-old Natalie Peat from Papamoa. Two surf boat crews -- a senior crew and a development crew -- will be added after the second round of the national surf boat series in Whangamata on January 2. Visit www.surflifesaving. org.nz for information. GOOD SHOWING AT CHAMPS Muriwai ended third in the BP Surf Rescue North Island champions at Waihi Beach at the weekend. World champion IRB drivers Andrew Cronin and James Morwood com- pletely dominated the events. The East End premier crew won the tube rescue, the assembly rescue, the mass rescue and the team's race, before completing their two-day clean sweep with victory in the single rescue. Muriwai's David Butt and Jay Collett-Nye picked up two bronzes and clubmates Andrew Lancaster and Ash Matuschka one. Results: Tube rescue. Premier -- East End Red 1, Paekakariki 2, Muriwai (Andrew Lancaster/Ashley Matuschka/Anaru Clarke) 3. Senior -- Muriwai (Jason Harvey/Blake Ingram/Alice Rowland) 1, Kariaotahi 2, Mt Maunganui 3. Under-21: Pauanui Black 1, East End Red 2, Muriwai (Bradley Pearce/Stephen Butt/Jay Collett-Nye) 3. Assembly rescue Premier -- East End Red 1, Waimarama 2, Muriwai (David Butt/Jay Collett-Nye) 3. Under 21: Mt Maunganui 1, Muriwai (Scott Buswell/ Thomas Clarke/Alice Rowland) 2, Sunset Beach Gold 3. Final points: East End 104, Mt Maunganui 51, Muriwai 37, Waimarama 34, Paekakariki 33, Papamoa 29, Sunset Beach 27, St Clair 24, New Plymouth Old Boys 20, Kariaotahi 16, Otaki 11, North Beach 10, Waikanae 8, Pauanui 7, Fitzroy 6, Mairangi Bay and Opunake 5, United North Piha 3, Waihi 2.
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