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Steve Hammond and Rachel
Fitzgerald led the men’s and
women’s fields home in the
Greymouth Harriers’ handicap
race from Taylor ville to
Greymouth last weekend.
Hammond was the first man
to return on the 12km run from
Taylor ville, with Fitzgerald the
first woman home in the 7km run
from the Greymouth Gun Club.
Kevin O’Sullivan was the first
This weekend, runners will hit
the streets of Blaketown for a
5km circuit. The circuit is exactly
5km, with the aim to do two laps
for a total of 10km.
This is a fast and flat course and
everyone will be able to guess
their time, with chocolate fish
up for grabs for those who are
closest. Anyone interested in
joining in for a run, cycle or walk
should meet at the Anzac Park
clubrooms before 2pm tomorrow.
Also coming up, the first two
runs of next month will be in the
morning on Sundays, on June 7
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Steve Hammond leads the way past the Greymouth Gun Club into Coal Creek during the Greymouth
Harriers’ handicap race from Taylor ville to Greymouth, on Saturday.
Hammond and Fitzgerald Taylor ville-Greymouth winners
Lisa Carrington will revert back to
chasing the K1 200m/500m double
at the third round of kayaking’s
World Cup series in Denmark this
After just racing the K1 500m in
the second World Cup in Germany
last week, Carrington will contest
both events, honing her ability
to compete in both races at the
Marty McDowell will also race
both the K1 500m — the event
where he picked up bronze in
the first world cup in Portugal —
and the K1 1000m, where he has
finished in the top-20 at both the
first two rounds.
The pair’s coach Gordon Walker
said they were keen to make the
most of the World Cup circuit,
with limited opportunities to
compete before August ’s world
championships in Italy.
“ In the course of a year, there are
only three or four opportunities to
get to do what you actually train
for,” Walker said.
“That means lots of training and
not much racing. And that racing
should be the fun part and why you
actually do the sport. When the
opportunity is there, it’s important
to grab it.”
The men’s field looks considerably
stronger than the Portuguese
round, with top paddlers Max Hoff
(Germany) and Danish native Rene
Poulsen among the favourites.
Carrington, the world and
Olympic champion, has yet to be
beaten this year in any of her heats
or finals, sending ominous signs to
The Denmark round is making
its debut at World Cup level, with
Lake Bagsvaerd near Copenhagen
hosting the regatta.
New Zealand K1 200m paddler
Scott Bicknell left the national
team after the German round to
train in England for a couple of
weeks, while the K4 women’s crew
of Jaimee Lovett, Caitlin Ryan,
Aimee Fisher and Kayla Imrie
arrived home in New Zealand
yesterday. — NZ ME
NZ kayaking pair leading
charge in Denmark
The implications of the FIFA bribery
scandal deepened yesterday ahead of
the opening of the Under-20 World
Cup in Auckland tomorrow.
Major FIFA sponsors Visa and
Hyundai threatened to withdraw their
backing of world football’s governing
body and demanded it clean up its act.
This came as South Africa’s successful
bid to host the 2010 World Cup
came under scrutiny as part of an
investigation into corruption among
high-ranking football officials.
Last night, FIFA president Sepp
Blatter chaired an emergency meeting
of the leaders of the six continental
football bodies to discuss the scandal,
while continuing to stay out of public
Blatter is resisting calls from
European soccer body UEFA to
postpone the FIFA presidential
election tomorrow by six months.
UEFA has called the dual American
and Swiss corruption probes a “disaster
for FIFA” and is supporting Blatter’s
election opponent, Prince Ali of
Earlier, Blatter missed opening a
session of FIFA’S medical conference
in Zurich — his third skipped public
appearance in 24 hours.
Late last night, Russian President
Vladimir Putin accused the United
States — which initiated the initial
probe into football corruption — of
meddling in FIFA’s affairs and hinted
that it was trying to take the 2018
World Cup away from his country.
Putin said he found it ‘odd’ that the
investigation was launched at the
request of United States officials for
crimes that did not involve its citizens
and did not happen in the United
FIFA staff in New Zealand maintain
the U-20 Cup will not be affected by
Yesterday, football chiefs in Auckland
declared a press conference closed
after journalists kept asking questions
relating to the scandal, which has seen
the indictment of 14 men, including
nine FIFA officials, for corruption.
One of the men is Jeffrey Webb, 50, a
FIFA vice-president and chairman of
the U-20 Cup organising committee,
who was in New Zealand for the
tournament ’s draw in February.
New Zealand Football chief executive
Andy Martin, who is in Zurich for
the annual FIFA congress, said the
corruption scandal was very serious.
Michael Glading, who led the
winning bid to host the U-20
tournament, said the process in which
New Zealand vied with Turkey, Peru
and Wales was “100% straight ”.
It emerged yesterday that former
FIFA executive committee member
Chuck Blazer, who pleaded guilty 18
months ago to charges of corruption
and is understood to have provided
information to the US Department of
Justice on which the charges are based,
allegedly received $1.036 million from
a $10 million bribe to vote for South
Africa to become the 2010 World Cup
host. — N ZME -New Zealand Herald
Crisis deepens as U-20 tournament kicks off
PICTURE: Getty Image
FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks during the 65th FIFA Congress Opening
Ceremony, in Zurich.
Speight ’s is wrapping up its role as the
official naming rights sponsor of the
Coast to Coast multi-sport event after
Event director Richard Ussher said it
had been a “fantastic relationship that had
ser ved both the event and the Speight ’s
brand incredibly well for many years”.
However, the “time was now right
for both parties to explore new
Ussher was also ‘upbeat ’ about involving
new brands in the event.
He said he had been in discussion for
some time with Lion, which owned the
Speight’s brand, about the level of their
future involvement in the event. The final
decision to not renew their naming rights
sponsorship had not come as a complete
surprise, he said.
Event organisers were currently
working through the various options for
a new naming rights sponsor, which was
expected to be announced in the coming
“Speight ’s involvement has had
significant impact and provided great
results for both the event and Lion, but we
now have some exciting new associations
to consider as we look to work with a new
naming rights sponsor.”
Lion Breweries spokesman Ben
Wheeler said he appreciated how the
Coast to Coast ’s new organisers, who ran
the event for the first time this year, had
given the race a “new lease of life”.
“This is not as cut and dry as a goodbye,
rather a new approach to adapt to those
changes,” Wheeler said.
Ussher said Lion was still interested for
the Speight ’s brand to stay involved in
the event in some way. He also said that
his management team was also working
hard on looking at ways to invest and
build on the Coast to Coast brand, as the
event looked to appeal to a wider range of
“The Coast to Coast has such a strong
heritage and we are really excited to build
on that and use this opportunity to give
the event a new look and feel for a new
generation of competitors.”
He said the new schools section was a
good example of a broadening the event ’s
reach as it was focused on reaching new
Entries to the 2016 Coast to Coast
opened on June 1.
Coast to Coast sponsor
pulls out after 32 years
DITTMAN SHIELD RUGBY2015
Dittman Shield Rugby
North of the Bridge v South of the Bridge
Cass Square, Hokitika 2.45pm, Tomorrow (Saturday)
Battle of the bridges: South v North
West Coast rugby supremacy again goes on the line at Cass
Square, Hokitika, tomorrow when North (of the Taramakau
Bridge) tries to wrest the historic Dittman Shield off South.
Initially contested annually by all sub-unions of the West
Coast Rugby Union, just Greymouth and Westland were left
participating when interest waned and the shield was put
on the shelf in the 1980s.
It was revived in 2013 and has since been held by South
who, last year, had the accurate boot of fullback Logan Ross
to thank for its 29-20 victory. North dominated for long
portions of both halves but the southerners came to life to
score two late tries in each stanza. Both teams scored four
tries but Ross supplied nine extras.
So far this season the southern club sides — South
Westland, Kiwi and Wests — have all registered at least
one victory over a northern rival, suggesting the balance of
power is about equal and tomorrow’s clash should again be
a close one.
Injuries and other commitments have ruled some players
out of the teams.
The West Coast Rugby Union said the team lists were
unavailable this morning.
2014 Dittman Shield match, Cass Square, Hokitika.
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