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Champion Greymouth squash
player Paul Coll has set himself
some big goals for 2015 after the
high of competing in the Glasgow
Commonwealth Games last year.
Coll finished in the top eight in
both the men’s and mixed doubles at
Glasgow, and he says he is now aiming
to sharpen his singles game.
Home with family for some new year
rest and recreation, the 22-year-old said
his focus was on doubles play when he
was training for the Commonwealth
Games, and his individual world
ranking dropped to 80.
“By the end of this year I want it to
be around the 50 mark, if not higher,”
Coll told the Greymouth Star.
He also aims to take a shot at
winning the singles title at the New
Zealand Squash Nationals, in August.
These days, Coll bases himself in
Holland for much of the year, where
he plays in the D utch league and does
some coaching. He gets a match fee
from the club he plays for and the
coaching provides some extra payment,
which covers living expenses.
Before returning to New Zealand for
Christmas, he played in tournaments
in the United States, Dubai, Australia
Of the Commonwealth Games, Coll
said the experience was “tough” but
“I got to play against the top guys
in the singles, and to finish in the top
eight in both the men’s and mixed
doubles was good — I just missed out
on making the top four in the men’s
At the end of this month he will
compete in a tournament in
Australia, then will head back to
Holland for league matches and
tournaments in April and May. He
intends to be on the New Zealand
squash circuit from June through
to October, before heading back to
Coll said he hoped to make the
New Zealand team to compete in
the World Teams Championships, in
Kuwait, in December, and the next
Commonwealth Games were also on
“(And) if squash is allowed into the
2020 Olympic Games (a decision is
likely to be made later this year) that
will be a long-term goal for me.”
To reach his own high expectations
Coll spends hours and hours training
He trains two to three times a day;
one session is fitness and two are
Injuries have not affected his playing
career, apart from “a few niggles” now
and then. At just 22, his ultimate goal
is to make it into the world top 10.
Greymouth’s Coll sets
sights on world top 10
Around Brunner Cycle Ride
organiser John Moore says the event
is on track to match the 480 entries
Entries close the day before the
race, on Saturday, January 31 — “so
there is plenty of time to enter”.
A third race has been added this
year, a 260km enduro ride, which is
for individual riders and involves two
laps of the course.
“ We only have a handful of entries
for the enduro ride and if we don’t
get more it may not even happen,”
Ideally, he would like to see a
further 10 riders line up to ensure the
endure went ahead.
“ We decided to add the longer race
after a number of people suggested
there would be plenty of interest in
it, so I would urge riders to take part
if they want it to remain on the race
A few years ago as many as
1000 cyclists took part in Around
Brunner, but numbers dropped away
substantially after the Canterbury
earthquakes. He said he was keen to
build it up to those peak figures.
“ We would love to see 1000 cyclists
taking part in the three events and
are confident we can build entries up
again. It may not happen this year,
but we expect interest to grow again.”
Entry numbers were good in the
teams and individual sections, with
the 40-plus section having the
biggest number of competitors.
The smaller Around the Bridges
event was on track to have at least
the same number of riders as last
“We had 80 in that race and are
heading for the same number, but
again we would love more people to
Entries were “coming in pretty fast ”
before Christmas but had slowed
down since then.
“Entries should start coming in
again over the last two weeks.”
As an incentive, this year
prizemoney is at stake in the
individual men’s and women’s races.
First in each event will pocket $500,
second $200, third $150, fourth $100
and fifth $50.
Around Brunner will get off to
a mass start in Greymouth at 8am,
while Around Bridges competitors
will go under starter’s orders at
Moore said the fastest riders would
be at the front of the pack, with the
slowest at the back and, although
it was a mass start it would be
controlled for the first 2km.
“There will be a lead car and it will
keep the pace to about 25kph, then
pull away after 2km.”
The finish line has been moved
from Mawhera Q uay to Monteith’s
Brewery. On their return to
Greymouth, cyclists will head up
Smith Street, around the roundabout
to Lord Street to the brewery, in
AROUND BRUNNER CYCLE RIDE
Around Brunner changes
Paralympic hero Adam Hall’s year is
off to a bright start after he bagged six
medals, including four golds and World
Cup silver and bronze.
Hall has travelled from the United
States to Spain, competing in six races
over eight hectic days.
Competition for him began on
January 4 in Winter Park, Colorado,
where he won four medals at the
International Paralympic Committee
alpine skiing races. His gold medals
came from the giant slalom, super
combined and two super-G races.
He then flew to La Molina in Spain
for the IPC Alpine World Cup slalom
races, but the scheduled giant slalom
events had to be cancelled because of the
Hall came in third in Friday’s race
behind world champion Alexey Bugaev
and Alexander Alyabyev, both from
On Sunday, he pushed through to
second place but was again beaten by
He will next be flying to Matrei in
Austria, where he will be competing in
the Europa Cup this Friday.
“ It ’s been a really busy time ... At this
point I can’t really explain how I did
it or how I feel,” the Paralympian said
“The jetlag is setting in but I’ll look
for ward to a proper debrief with my
coach over the next few days and
continuing to build towards the world
champs next month.”
In 2010, Hall lost his mother, Gayle
Hall, in a car crash shortly after she had
dropped him off at Dunedin Airport for
a flight to Wellington.
She had been described as his
Para “No 1 fan” and was one of the first
to congratulate him a month earlier
when he won the men’s standing-slalom
ski event at the Winter Paralympics in
Vancouver, British Columbia.
Skiers are in La Molina as part of the
preparations for the IPC Alpine Skiing
World Championships in Panorama,
Canada, from February 28 to March 10.
About 130 from 30 countries
— New Zealand Herald
major medal haul
An off-season that was not
an off-season and a tight
schedule to start the year
are starting to catch up with
Hitting the ball as sweetly
as ever, the 17-time grand
a first round hiccup to win
the Brisbane International,
then got on a plane the next
morning before overcoming
Lleyton Hewitt in a shortened
five-set Fast4 exhibition match
in Sydney last night.
Now he just seems overcome.
“Clearly I am hurting from
the last four matches and the
last week,” he admitted.
“After a final and a thousand
matches usually it is ‘aah, that
feels good’ but the next day,
bang, you have to come on
court and play Lleyton and it
is not so easy.
“But that ’s why I am really
looking for ward to rest now ...”
The good news is the Swiss
feels he is in great form and
is physically well despite the
The bad news is he doesn’t think
he’s had much of a break.
After a 73-12 season with five
titles and a move back up to No
2 in the world, he polished off the
year with a first Davis Cup win.
And then it seems, some
“The off-season didn’t feel
like an off-season to be quite
honest,” he said.
“And I am not saying that to
joke around in any way. I only
had eight days off and went
back into practice.”
That included some time
with Australian young gun
Thanasi Kokkinakis in
Dubai, a charity match in
Switzerland and then another
trip to the middle east to train
with rising Belgian David
“My year end comes after the
Australian Open which I can’t
wait to come around,” he said.
“But I can wait for another
Federer will head straight to
Melbourne now where he will
link up with his family but
practice is not on the agenda
again until Thursday.
another day off after that
before he makes a tilt at a first
Australian Open title since 2010.
Federer under pressure
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