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uLetters to the editor
1922 - A 14-year-old Canadian, Leonard
Thompson, becomes the first person to have his
diabetes successfully treated with insulin.
1935 - US aviator Amelia Earhart begins a
trip from Honolulu to Oakland, California,
becoming the first woman to fly solo
across the Pacific.
1962 - An avalanche buries a
village in the Peruvian Andes, with
3000 people reported killed.
1964 - US Surgeon General Luther
Terry issues the first government
report saying smoking may be
hazardous to health.
1977 - France sparks international uproar by
releasing Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of
involvement in the massacre of Israeli athletes at
the 1972 Munich Olympics.
1981 - A three-man British team led by Sir
Ranulph Fiennes completes the longest and
fastest crossing of Antarctica.
2012 - Motorcycle riders flash by and attach
a magnetic bomb to a car carrying a nuclear
scientist working at Iran’s main uranium
enrichment facility, instantly killing him and
fatally wounding his driver.
2014 - Ariel Sharon, former Israeli prime
minister and general, dies aged 85.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
William James, US philosopher
(1842-1910); Rod Taylor, Australian
actor (1930-2015); John Bell,
Australian actor (1940-); Daryl
Braithwaite, Australian singer
(1949-); Mary J Blige, US singer
(1971-); Jenny McCarthy, US
actress (1972-); Holly Brisley,
Australian actress (1978-); Cody Simpson,
Australian pop singer (1997-).
“If you are ruled by mind you are a king; if by
body, a slave. — Cato, Roman statesman and
historian (234 BC-149 BC).
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is
born for a time of adversity.”
— (Proverbs 17:17)
The Grey Main
Indoor Bowling Club,
one of the strongest
clubs affiliated to
the Greymouth association, held its wind-up
cabaret on the weekend. O ver 160 people
attended the function. The presentation of
trophies was incorporated with the cabaret.
Club president Mr F H Stanton thanked
the club members for the co-operation they
had given in running the club during the 1967
season. He was later awarded the Bentley Cup
for points agregate for the season. Mr Stanton
attended every bowling session.
The singles championship trophy went to
former national champion L Bellis and R
Dishington was runner-up. Mrs J Russ was the
women’s singles champion with Mrs J Fleming
second. The pairs champions were Bellis and
Mrs R Kelly with T Binnie and Mrs S Stanton
The Rutherglen shooting range will ring
to the staccato sound of heavy machine-gun
fire in three weeks’ time as members of the
2RNZIR battalion get the feel of the general
purpose machine-gun. It will be part of an
operation for West Coast territorials. They will
concentrate mainly on practice shooting.
The company with a full strength of 130
will be split into two groups for the weekend
with all men north of Ngahere, including
Westport, travelling to the Westport range to
shoot. Those south of Ngahere and including
Ngahere will go to Rutherglen.
For those who want to be ‘squares’ the West
Coast is now providing a regular outlet, one
for young and not-so-young, by way of an old-
time and fancy dress dance like that at Totara
Flat last weekend.
uFood for thought
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obyn Colman hardly ever
If someone needs a hand,
Robyn will be there at the
she was raised, in the tiny
Queensland town of Gin Gin, population
1190. When the good folk of Gin Gin
needed something done, they asked her
dad, Herbie, for help.
These days, anyone holding an event in
the Waikato knows to give Robyn a call.
The sporty 65-year-old adopted
Hamiltonian has put her hand up to help
out with the Fifa U20 World Cup, Cricket
World Cup, World Masters Games, Child
Cancer fun days, Arbour Day planting,
Weetbix Triathlons, food vans, children’s
parties, AMP shows and — as her
application to be a volunteer at the Rugby
League World Cup states: “etc”.
Colman might just be New Zealand’s
“I just thoroughly enjoy doing volunteer
work,” she says.
“My husband died 12 years ago. I think
you get to a stage of ‘what are you going
“I work two days a week as a visitor host
at the museum in Hamilton. And so what
run, do quite a lot of sport and that. But
how can you just sit at home?”
“Rugby league definitely runs in my
Volunteers like Colman are the grease
on the cogs that ensure events run
smoothly. Those people checking passes,
showing people to their seats, handing
out sunscreen, driving VIPs to their
hotels, and making sure teams get on
the right buses — most of them will be
They might be in plain sight, but they
are very much an unseen army, with the
ranks filled by people from all walks of
At Rugby League World Cup 2017, 172
New Zealand volunteers are sweeping
into action at the seven games hosted in
Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch and
Wellington. Their occupations range from
supermarket checkout supervisors to
policemen, retirees, students and teachers.
Some will be hard core rugby league
lifers, keen to get among the action
in some small way themselves. Others
would not know a footy ball from a
tennis racquet, but simply like being part
The volunteering urge does not
An associate principal at Hillview
Christian School, Blase Dowall will
assist with team operations for the match
between the Kiwis and Scotland on
November 4 at Christchurch Stadium,
and during the quarter-final at the same
venue on November 18.
“Rugby league definitely runs in my
blood,” he says.
But it is through his pioneering efforts
in the little-known sport of fistball — a
game similar to volleyball but played on
a bigger court outdoors — that Dowall
learned the value of volunteers.
“I love sport. I played basketball for the
Canterbury Rams for a couple of seasons.
That was the pinnacle of what I achieved.
I used to play a bit of Canterbury league,
underage rep stuff as well. But every guy ’s
dream is to represent their country.”
While watching New Zealanders
win gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he
realised that that dream had probably
passed him by.
“But being a bit stubborn I went on the
internet and looked up a bunch of sports
that New Zealand had no association
with. I stumbled across these Aussies who
were just Average Joes who established
the Australian Fistball Federation.
Next thing you know they were off to
Argentina representing their country.
“I thought ‘we could do that too’.”
So he did. Dowall established the New
Zealand Fistball Association, installing
himself as president. At the time, he did
not quite realise what he got himself in
“I learned how massive an undertaking
it is to run a sport, to get people involved,
work with media, fundraise, the whole
thing. It gave me an appreciation that
these things do not just happen. There are
people behind the scenes driving things.
“It helped me understand the value of
volunteers. You normally just see the guys
running out on the field and you support
them. People do not see that there is a
big machine behind it making it work.”
While Dowall will toil in the
background, welcoming and way finding
assistant Gareth Hunter will greet people
at Christchurch Stadium, helping them
negotiate their way around the venue.
The 21-year-old commerce student
volunteers at major sports events because
he ultimately wants to have a career
working in the industry — and he prefers
being part of things than looking on from
“There is this atmosphere you get every
time a major event happens,” the veteran
of the cricket and Fifa U20 world cups
“ You get this certain buzz I don’t think
anything else can give you.”
His experience working as a
supermarket checkout super visor comes
in handy when dealing with fans at sports
venues. The intersection with humanity is
broadly the same.
Hunter also has big goals.
“It’s been a dream of mine for 10 years
to bring the Commonwealth Games
to Christchurch. Naturally I think you
want to make things better, and with the
earthquakes and everything . . .”
Hamilton City Tigers player and
committee member Terry Kopua has
landed one of the more sought-after roles
in event volunteering: a VIP assistant.
The husband of former Silver Ferns
captain Casey Kopua, Terry is pretty
comfortable hanging out with sporting
“I’ve had the opportunity to be on the
other side of that with my wife with her
sporting background,” says Kopua.
“It’s something I’ve seen and been
involved in before so I think I can do that
“Casey loves rugby league as well, so she
is more than willing to help out too.”
Kopua’s major motivation for
volunteering was to live up to the values
“Being of Maori heritage and believing
in the strong values within Maori culture
I kind of thought ‘you’ve kind of got
to live by the sword’. If you preach a
lifestyle of Maoritanga, being warm
and welcoming and trying to look after
people that come here, I thought I’d put
my hand up to see if I could help.”
Rebecca Beals, a 41-year-old
environmental manager, started out
volunteering for the cancer society in
Marlborough. As a Wellington City
ambassador, she’s spent the last six
seasons welcoming people coming off
cruise ships and giving them advice about
how best to experience the city.
She was a fan ser vices team leader at
the Cricket World Cup and will again be
wrangling spectators at Rugby League
She has no particular affiliation with the
game — it is the pleasure derived from
meeting a diverse range of people that
draws her to volunteering.
“Some people are retired, some people
have full-on day jobs, some are stay-at-
home mums. It’s great,” she says. “ You’ve
got a common denominator when talking
to them but it might actually be just for
A passion for their city is the one key
trait major events volunteers share.
“I love showcasing Auckland,” says
sports junkie Carina Rozjin.
The 63-year-old discovered her passion
for volunteering as a host at Eden Park
during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
The veteran of Auckland’s professional
tennis opens, two Volvo Ocean races,
the V8 supercars and NRL Auckland
Nines is currently recovering from a hip
operation, but can not wait to get back
on her feet for the Rugby League World
Cup, when she’ ll give up her time to
work as an accreditation assistant.
“Every event is a highlight for me,” she
says. She started volunteering primarily
to get out and meet new people.
“ Volunteering is in my blood. It ’s me all
Vikki Thomson has spent 20 years
coaching or managing at the Ellerslie
Eagles rugby league club.
“League has always been by number one
sport,” she says. She followed a boyfriend
into the game, but her interest now
centres on her 12-year-old son.
She will work in the tournament ’s
accreditation department thanks in part
to the generosity of her employer ANZ
bank, which gives its staff a day off each
year to conduct volunteer work.
“My boss is even nicer and I can wangle
that up to a week or so,” says Thomson.
As for super-volunteer Robyn Colman,
there was one time Colman did actually
say no — when she was asked to help out
at the opening of Hamilton’s shiny new
Avantidrome by Prince William and Kate
“I said, ‘look I’m not really a royalist so
The organisers kept asking. Colman
relented and ended up patrolling the
locked down venue to prevent people
taking photographs. It turned out to be
pretty good fun, she recalls.
Steve Deane is a venue media
manager at Rugby League World Cup
2017. — Newsroom
PICTURE: Steve Deane
Robyn Colman might just be New Zealand’s greatest volunteer.
The unseen volunteers
As the most successful fast bowler in
the history of international cricket, Glenn
McGrath knows about chasing a run
target, but his new target is much more
“ We’ve got 118 on the board. If we get
79, we can win the match,” McGrath
It is not runs he is talking about; it is
“ We’re extremely proud to have placed
118 McGrath Breast Care Nurses across
Australia supporting 56,000 families but
there’s still lots more to do,” he says.
His first wife Jane’s battle with breast
and bone cancer led to the formation of
the McGrath Foundation. Jane died in
2008 aged 42.
Jane said having a breast care nurse
was “like having someone hold my hand
through one of the worst nightmares of
McGrath says the foundation’s concept
was if it could fund only one nurse then it
would be worthwhile.
Jane never wanted the charity to be
about her, McGrath said in Sydney’s
“S he wanted it to be about the nurses
and the people going through breast
cancer. She would be amazed where
we are today ... very humble and really
proud,” he says.
The success of the foundation has been
phenomenal, with pink becoming as
synonymous with Aussie cricket as the
“I just think I’m doing what anyone else
would do in the same situation. I do view
myself a very lucky person with what I’ve
been able to do in my life, who I’ve had
in my life. There have been tough times
without a doubt but I think everybody
has their own battles and challenges,”
McGrath credits his former team-
mates, the foundation staff, his new wife,
Sara Leonardi-McGrath, and the birth of
their daughter Madison, for their help.
He says his two teenage children with
Jane, James and Holly, adore Sara and
their little sister.
“The foundation is a much about
hope. My family is an example of that,”
Sydney mother-of-two Carol Wilde,
who was diagnosed with breast cancer in
2008 when she was 36, says the support
offered by a McGrath Breast Care Nurse
“I never felt alone. I didn’t want to
lose it in front of my family. I wanted
to protect my kids. And I could with
Alison (nurse),” Ms Wilde, who had a
lumpectomy then chemotherapy and
radiation treatment, said.
“S he kept in constant contact. She
made sure I was able to make doctor
appointments that fitted in with my
children’s schedules. She was there
when I woke from surgery and there
for every chemo appointment.” Today,
her two teenage sons are proud to wear
pink, whether on the cricket field or
fundraising at school.
Since hanging up his baggy-green cap,
McGrath admits his wardrobe contains a
lot of pink.
The boy from Narromine in central-
western NSW laughs when he explains
the foundation’s official colour is
‘McGrath Pink’ with touches of
Cricket fans can expect a sea of it at this
year’s 10th Sydney Pink test.
McGrath is again urging Australians to
support McGrath Breast Care Nurses by
organising a Pink Stumps Day.
“It’s about bringing the magic of the
Sydney Pink test out to any local area
around Australia putting on a cricket
match, proudly wearing pink, and raising
funds for the McGrath Foundation,”
McGrath said at the campaign launch in
All donations go to funding McGrath
Breast Care Nurses.
“ We don’t put a nurse on until we have
three years funding ($390,000) upfront
so we can guarantee that nurse for a
minimum three years,” he says.
He estimates it costs $12.5 million to
$13 million a year to fund the nurses,
for which there is Federal government
The Sydney Pink test starts on January
5 — the fifth Ashes test. — AAP
Wife’s death from breast cancer spurs McGrath foundation
PICTURE: Getty Images
Former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath is presented with a pink cap from Australian captain Steve Smith on Jane McGrath Day during day three of the third test match
between Australia and Pakistan at Sydney Cricket Ground this year.
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