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Greymouth teenager Zac
Colligan is thrilled to have
finished 14th at the recent New
Zealand under-20 mountainbike
championships in D unedin.
In his first time competing at
national level, the 16-year-old,
representing John Paul II High
School, was the only West Coast
Colligan said as well as
competing against other top riders
he also had to battle blizzard-like
conditions, with snow flurries on
the day of his race.
His event was a 42km race and
was eight laps of the Wakari Creek
He was happy with his
performance in the under-20
championships, which because
of his young age he will be able
to compete in again next year.
Colligan had to compete in the
high age group, because he did not
qualify for the under-17 event, as
he turns 17 later this year.
“There were 50 other riders in my
race, so finishing 14th is a pretty
good effort,” he said.
Colligan has enjoyed
mountainbiking for most of his
life, however he has only been
riding seriously for the past 18
He said he trained himself and
he was now looking forward to
competing in the Old Ghost Road
race, in Buller, in January.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Sporting governing bodies must do more to
reconnect with local communities as this will
attract cities into bidding for major events,
Britain’s former Olympic 1500m champion
Sebastian Coe said this week.
Oslo last week became the fourth city after
Stockholm, Krakow in Poland and Ukraine’s
Lviv to pull out of the bidding process for
the 2022 Winter Games because of the
Nor wegian government ’s fears over the cost
of hosting the event.
This year’s Sochi Olympics cost a record
$51 billion and despite the International
Olympic Committee offering an $880 million
contribution to host the 2022 Games, only
Kazakhstan’s Almaty and Beijing remain as
Speaking at a sports security conference in
London on Tuesday, Coe said the IOC and
other sporting federations must have better
lines of communication with potential host
“One of the biggest challenges is the
discussion around what is a cost and what is
an investment,” Coe said.
“The current leadership of the IOC have
struggled with this for a long time. Sochi was
the catalyst because of the 51 billion dollars
that got thrown around, but it is worth
bearing in mind that there was nothing in
Sochi, it was a summer resort.
“I think the challenge for the IOC — and all
the sporting organisations — is reconnecting
with local communities.
“This is a challenge for all sporting
organisations. It is not a particular one for
the IOC, although that has been showcased
recently because of Oslo falling by the
Coe, chairman of the 2012 London
Olympic organising committee, did admit,
however, that potential hosts often have a
lot of misconceptions around the bidding
process for major events.
“ I think there is also disconnect between
what organising committee think they ’re
being asked to do,” he said.
“The International Olympic Committee in
my experience is a lot less prescriptive about
what it expects organising committees to
deliver. This is one of the slight myths out
there that the IOC is sitting demanding all
sorts of things.
“One of the challenges we had in London
was the view that the IOC demanded
Olympic lanes, actually they don’t. If you
read the guidance book, it says we want a
transport system that provides position for
the athletes, the spectators and the media.
“It’s up to the city to decide how to do that.
The IOC aren’t sitting there saying you have
to have Olympic lanes. ”
With a decision yet to be made on what
time of year the Qatar 2022 World Cup
will be held, the 58-year-old Coe suggested
sport’s leading governing bodies must have
more contact with one another in order to
avoid conflicting schedules.
“ We are going to have to have a global
conversation that looks at the global sporting
calendar,” Coe added.
“ You cannot be left by powerhouse
sporting organisations who say that under
no circumstances can you stage your sporting
event at this time of this year.
“ It may be better to be more flexible
around the bidding process and say we don’t
want to stop countries that have climatic
challenges in the summer months from
“That way you give the rest of the world of
sport some notice in order to change their
schedule.” — Reuters
Coe seeks more community connect for major sporting events
The streets of Greymouth will once
again echo to the roar of motorbikes
on Labour Weekend, when the town’s
biggest annual event celebrates a
quarter of a century of action.
The Greymouth Motorcycle Street
Races will mark is 25th anniversary on
October 26. It will also be the last event
in a month of celebrations to mark 150
years since the town was founded.
Race committee member Roger
Devlin said current New Zealand
superbike champion Dennis Charlett
had signed up to race through the
central business district.
Charlett initially retired from
competitive racing shortly after
claiming the New Zealand title earlier
this year. However, after deciding that
he would be defending his crown he
made himself available to race at the
Greymouth event. He will also be
displaying the new Suzuki GSXR 1000
he will ride in defence of his title.
As part of the sesquicentennial
celebrations the Regent Theatre
will be hosting an exhibition of well
known and classic motorbikes from
throughout New Zealand, on October
Committee member Jackie Adams,
who organised the exhibition, said
it would feature a bike from New
Zealand firm the Britten Motorcycle
Company, as well as the Flying Kiwi
motorcycle team, who set a sidecar land
speed record earlier this year.
Mr Adams hoped the exhibition
would help turn the usual one day of
racing action into a whole weekend of
activities related to motorbikes, and
could be the precursor to bringing a
motorbike trade show to Greymouth
A ‘Show and Shine’ of gleaming and
polished motorbikes will also be held
outside the Railway Hotel.
Street racing committee president
Dave McNoe, who was also involved
in the very first street races, said he
doubted anyone connected with the
inaugural event thought it would still
be around 25 years later.
“It started as a charity event and just
grew from there and none of us knew
how it was going to go,” Mr McNoe
It had continued to grow, despite the
racing being cancelled in 2005 after it
had began to fall over.
“It came back better than ever after
the recess the event just had this magic
atmosphere, it went off like a train and
the racing was fantastic.”
Racing this year will once again
feature eight classes of bike racing.
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
Greymouth Motorcycle Street Races marketing and promotions manager Phil Lemon sits astride a Harley Davidson Softail motorbike, one of the gleaming
machines to be displayed in an exhibition in the Regent Theatre at Labour Weekend.
GREYMOUTH STREET RACES
Greymouth event marks 25 years
English football has an ongoing
problem with racism, FIFA vice-
president Jeffrey Webb has told a
conference in London.
Webb, who is also the head of
world governing body FIFA’s anti-
discrimination taskforce, used the
example of Chelsea youth coach
Eddie Newton to illustrate his
Newton worked as an assistant
to manager Roberto di Matteo
when Chelsea won the Champions
League in 2012, but has been
unable to secure a senior managerial
“I don’t know how it could be
hidden. You have 92 clubs, you
have two coaches of colour,” Webb
told the Leaders Sport Business
Summit on Wednesday.
“How many board members
or executives are in various club
positions or at the FA, in UEFA?
So, it ’s not hidden.
“I hosted a dinner a few months
ago, last time I was here. I met a
young guy coaching at Chelsea,
who was assistant coach and won
a Champions League final, doing
“He can’t even get an inter view,
Eddie Newton. I ’m not talking
about getting a job — getting an
inter view. That ’s not hidden. That ’s
right in front of your face.”
Webb called for English football
to adopt something similar to
American football’s Rooney Rule,
which obliges clubs to include
ethnic minority candidates on
short-lists for coaching positions.
Only two of the managers
currently in charge of the 92 clubs
in England’s top four divisions are
black: Huddersfield Town’s Chris
Powell and Keith Curle of Carlisle
Gordon Taylor, chief executive
of players’ union the Professional
c laimed that there is “hidden
racism” in English football. — AAP
English football ‘racist’
The Greymouth Pony Club team — Gretchen Anderson, left, Guy Magner, Kendal Thompson, Todd Magner, Kirk Magner, Ella
Rae-Wood, with coaches Penny Jones, front left and Debra Magner — finished fourth at the Springston Trophy, the South Island
Pony Club Eventing Championships, in Middlemarch at the weekend. The Greymouth team, competing against 23 other sides, made
huge strides in the event after being placed 14th following the dressage phase. The cross country phase was postponed on Saturday
due to snow and was completed on Sunday. The Greymouth team shone in this section of competition, with five clear rounds. In the
showjumping, riders produced four clear rounds which advanced the team to fourth place.
Top riding success
Coast biker on national stage
Flamboyant Frenchman Gael Monfils has
been confirmed for next January’s Heineken
Open in Auckland. He is hot off the back
of his show stopping performance at the
United States Open, where he reached the
Monfils produced three sets of his best
tennis against Roger Federer that set the
New York tournament alight, winning the
opening two sets against the Swiss Master
and holding two match points.
“ We saw what Gael was capable of at the
US Open; he was all over Roger for two and
a half sets. When he plays at that intensity,
there are few players who can stick with
him,” said tournament director, Karl Budge.
Ranked No 15 in the world, Monfils has
had a strong year, finishing runner-up in
Doha (for the third time), earning a quarter-
finals appearance at the French Open and
US Open, and securing his fifth career
ATP Tour title in Montpellier, defeating
compatriot Richard Gasquet in the final.
Monfils has played the Heineken Open
twice before, most memorably in 2013
where he took on David Ferrer in the semi-
“I’m very excited to be heading back to
Auckland — I was so disappointed I had
to withdraw due to injury last year,” says
crowd so close to
the court really
motivates me —
it’s a great place to
The inclusion of
Monfils adds to
what is shaping up
to be the strongest
line-up of recent
times. World No 5,
David Ferrer will
return to Auckland
for the January
looking for his fifth
title, which would
make him the
feats of Australian
Emerson in the 1960s.
Joining Monfils and Ferrer is Roland
Garros semi-finalist Ernests Gulbis along
with American John Isner who will return to
defend his 2014 title.
“ To have four players confirmed in the
world top 15 is outstanding. Two former
champions and two of the most exciting
blokes on tour — this is going to be a
cracking event,” said Budge.
— New Zealand Herald
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