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Netball role a
boost to region
New role: Otago netball
representative Olivia Bates
has been appointed as the
netball development officer
for Central Otago, Upper
Clutha and Wakatipu areas.
By CHE BAKER
has been the back-
drop to every Silver
Fern netball player's
career and Central
Otago has appointed
officer to assist in
superstars from the
Netball South has
Bates, an Otago net-
to be the netball
for Central Otago,
Upper Clutha and
based in Alexandra.
Miss Bates said she
was excited about
starting her new
''My aim is to
netball and coach
development in the
Central Otago area
by facilitating structured netball programmes and
getting as many people involved in this sport,'' she
''I am hearing about a lot of talented young
players in Central so I'd like to help them on the
path to representing our region and ultimately the
''It will be great to see the sport really grow in this
area and I'm looking forward to playing a part in
The new position emerged as a result of Netball
New Zealand implementing a new structural
model based around its five zones last year.
Central Otago Netball Centre president Sally Bell
said having a development officer in the region
would benefit not only player skills but coaches'
skills as well.
''We are really excited,'' Mrs Bell said.
Hard road to get to top
Family celebration: New Zealand 2013 Motocross champion Scott Columb, centre,
with his sister Alanna Columb and brother Lachie Columb after winning the national
By BROOKE GARDINER
motorbike rider has
won the 2013 New
Zealand Motocross title.
Scott Columb, has been
competing in motocross
since he was just 10
years old and this is his
first national title.
The 29-year-old, four-
time runner-up, started
the 2013 championship
strong after partnering
with Yamaha and join-
ing the Josh Coppins'
managed JCR Yamaha
Racing team during the
Leading the champion-
ship from the start, he
won the first round at Timaru and
finished second in round two at
Banking valuable points early in the
series proved to be a blessing after
mechanical problems struck in the third
round at Pukekohe.
Having been hit by another rider in
practice, Columb rode in the first two
races of the day without rear brakes.
''It's pretty hard to ride a motorcycle
with no brakes.''
He went hard anyway and crashed,
finishing in sixth place but it was good
enough to retain his
overall points lead.
The final round in
Taupo over the week-
end provided its share
of ups and downs with
Columb crashing on the
first corner of the final
Despite having a lead of
19 points heading into
the race, Columb -- who
is also the reigning New
champion -- had to
finish within the top 15
to beat his nearest rival.
Sitting at the back of
the field after the fall,
he made his way past
32 other riders to finish
within the top 10 and
clinch the national title.
An old ski injury sustained at age 10
could see him laid up until later this
year. But surgery or not, Columb said he
hoped to be able to represent New
Zealand at the Motocross of Nations
event in Germany in September.
Rock hopping route
Downhill thrill: Riders choose their line during the Mega
Avalanche on The Remarkables at the weekend. The
event was one of the highlights of the Queenstown Bike
Festival, which finished after 10 action-packed days on
Monday. Riders pushed up or paid a little extra for a
chopper ride to the top of a ridge on The Remarkables
for the 1650m downhill race. Provided the Department
of Conservation signed off on the event next year there
was easily scope for 200 entrants in the avalanche,
organiser Geoff Hunt said. This year's event was
restricted to 100 riders. The Mega Avalanche was won
by Wyn Masters, second was Nicolas Quere, third Jamie
Nicol and fourth Reon Boe.
Photo: PATRICK FALLON
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