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e West Coast has produced prime
ministers, rugby league stars and
George Schroder, who grew up in
Hokitika, has the potential to become the
first elite international swimmer from the
One of his swimming heroes when
growing up was Olympic breaststroker
Schroder stamped his mark on New
Zealand swimming when he broke Snyders
record for an 18-year-old in the 100m
breaststroke at the Queensland state
championships last month in a time of
In Dunedin last week hee won the three
open men s breaststroke events at the
Canterbury championships at Moana Pool.
Schroder, who is dedicated to becoming a
top international swimmer, has accepted an
invitation from Swimming New Zealand
to shift to Auckland to train with the high-
"I don t eat rubbish food, he said.
"I also do yoga to keep me flexible.
Schroder has impressed Dave Prattley,
his coach at the Aquagym club in
"George has got the look of a future
champion, he said.
"He is meticulous in what he does and his
preparation is well thought out.
"On race day he is able to put himself
in his own space and knows exactly what
he wants to do. at is one of his huge
Prattley is confident Schroder will make
the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when he will be
"Rio might be too early in 2016, he said.
"Men s breaststrokers tend to be older and
the average age at the London Olympics
Schroder s target this year is the world
short-course championships, in Qatar in
It will be the first time he has represented
New Zealand in a major event overseas.
" e Commonwealth Games is unrealistic
in the timeframe I ve got, he said.
"I d be close to the qualifying standard if I
had another six months training.
His best event is the 200m breaststroke
in which his personal-best time is 2min
17.5sec and the qualifying mark is 2min
12sec. "It s a pretty big jump to make in just
two months, he said.
His long-term goal is to go to the
Olympic Games more than once and win
Schroder transferred to Christchurch
Boys High School from Hokitika last year.
He became passionate about swimming
when he won a bronze medal in the 200m
breaststroke at the New Zealand junior
championships at Moana Pool in 2008.
"I wasn t the best swimmer in my age-
group on the Coast when I was younger,
"It was like going to a different country
when I raced in Christchurch. e step up
made me improve more, he said.
"Kids who grew up in Christchurch
were used to it. It was a better pool and
faster swimmers in Christchurch and a
completely different atmosphere.
"I always swam better and got personal-
best times when I raced away from the
Standing on the podium in Dunedin in
2008 was important. "It felt good to win a
medal, he said.
"Since then I ve dreamed about swimming
fast and standing on the podium at big
meets and getting medals.
"Every year I believe in it more and more.
George Schroder.--- Age: 18. Hometown:
Hokitika. Education: Westland High
School, Christchurch Boys High School.
Sport: Swimming. Club: Aquagym.
Best times: 50m (29.8sec), 100m (1min
03.55sec, NZ aged 18 record), 200m (2min
17.5sec). --- Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
George Schroder at the start of the men s open 100m breaststroke at the Canterbury championships at Moana Pool in Dunedin
Former Coaster making his mark
of the New Zealand Herald
Ross Taylor s ninth one-day
international century eased
New Zealand to an epic one-
day cricket series triumph
over world champions India, a
victory it is hoped will resonate
as much with the Indian board
and a divided global game as it
will with local fans.
Taylor demonstrated his
match-winning prowess with
112 off 127 balls to reach the
279-run target with seven
wickets and 11 balls to spare.
New Zealand added India to
South Africa and England as
top-four ranked ODI teams
they have beaten in series in just
over 12 months.
It marks the second time after
the 5-2 triumph in 2002-03 that
New Zealand have beaten India
in a bilateral series of three or
more ODI matches.
Captain Brendon McCullum
says imposing themselves
was important in taking an
unassailable 3-0 lead with a
match to play. New Zealand
move to seventh in the world
rankings, India slip to second.
"We want to show we re
capable of succeeding against
the best teams. I m delighted
to play a team of that class and
come out on top. is was the
No 1 team in the world when
Taylor has avoided recent
headlines despite scoring 55,
57 and 17 before last night s
ton; not any more. When
Taylor plays well it is not the
big shots that garner attention;
it is the deft late cuts and the
will to resist slogging through
the legside. Last night he
only scored 14 runs between
backward square leg and mid-
wicket; remarkable when his
trademark shot is considered the
"I ve practised working on my
top hand (shots) for a while. It s
pleasing to hit to other areas and
give the opposition something
else to think about," Taylor said.
Taylor was supported by Kane
Williamson (60 off 82 balls
--- his fourth consecutive half-
century) and McCullum (49 not
out off 36 balls). In contrast to
Taylor s subtleties, McCullum
never looks more imperious
than using his feet to drive on
the up over cover. His effort in
the 42nd over produced an echo
which was probably heard in
India s 278 for five looked
competitive on a pitch which
was expected to slow as the
evening progressed but their
pace bowlers struggled.
"You want your bowlers to
hit back of a length on the line
of off stump," Indian captain
Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.
"Right from the start we gave
away too many boundaries
by giving batsmen too much
width. e spinners bowled
well but our fast bowlers were
Dhoni (79 off 73 balls) and
Ravindra Jadeja (62 off 54 balls)
had an unbeaten sixth-wicket
stand of 127 which kept India in
India faced a New Zealand
attack lacking Mitchell
McClenaghan and Corey
Anderson who were rested.
Jimmy Neesham played his first
match of the series while Kyle
India struggled to force the run
rate early, resulting in makeshift
opener Virat Kohli skying a Tim
Southee short ball to square leg
at five for one in the fourth over.
Likewise Ajinkya Rahane was
caught hooking to long leg off
Kyle Mills in the ninth, leaving
the visitors at 22 for two.
Southee and Mills deserve
credit for their discipline in
the first nine overs. ey rarely
erred with half volleys or by
drifting onto the pads. e first
boundary came in the seventh
over from Rohit Sharma who
had to force the pace. Seventeen
of his previous 23 balls had been
Taylor dropped a regulation
Sharma slips catch off Southee
to start the eighth over. Sharma
was 14 --- he finished on 79.
Taylor might have put it out of
his mind had the big screen not
played it half a dozen times in
front of him. Perhaps it was the
spur he needed.
--- New Zealand Herald
Taylor leads Black
Caps to epic win
PICTURE: Getty Images
Black Cap Ross Taylor hits a four during last night s one dayer against India at Seddon Park in
Life is, according to Steven Luatua,
all about challenges, which is why he
thinks some good can come from the
recent negative headlines over his
involvement in a drinking game on
Footage of All Blacks loose forward
Luatua pouring a bottle of beer down
a friend s throat, an act apparently
designed to persuade others to do
the same, quickly found its way
into the mainstream media where
commentators of all persuasions
were quick to judge for or against the
22-year-old. After breaking into the
All Blacks last year and attracting
over whelmingly positive publicity with
his skill and power at blindside flanker,
it was a lesson Luatua will not forget.
"Obviously it was a challenging time
for myself," he said. " at s what life is
about, challenges, so definitely lessons
were learned from that time and
hopefully I can move on from it. Before
I was probably a bit naive. I m aware of
the attention now."
He added, however, that he was also
heartened by the support he received.
"I m quite fortunate to be in a strong
environment. I got a lot of support
from the Blues, from the coaches and
also the Blues fans. ey were behind
me so I m thankful to them."
Back in the Blues fold fulltime
yesterday after his breakout year with
the All Blacks, in which he played
11 tests including two starts against
Australia, Luatua is readying himself
for a season in which he is hoping to
take his game to the next level.
Playing alongside one of his heroes
--- the returning Jerome Kaino --- for
the first time could help in this respect.
"Jerome has been the form No 6
(before leaving for Japan)... he was
definitely the guy I looked up to
growing up. To be able to play alongside
him, hopefully, it s pretty exciting.
"He defines what a forward is. He
gets the team going forward on defence
by smashing guys and he gets the team
going forward on attack.
"Coming in today and seeing the
boys, I m definitely not in the shape
I need to be; it s going to be a huge
competition within the camp (for
places) and that s what it should be,
especially with Jerome coming back as
well. I m definitely looking to be better
than I was last year."
Luatua s combination with Kaino ---
openside flanker Luke Braid, will be
one of the potential strengths for the
Blues, who will also boast an excellent
front row including Charlie Faumuina,
Keven Mealamu, Tom McCartney
and Tony Woodcock, and a backline
including the likes of Piri Weepu, Benji
Marshall, Charles Piutau, Francis Saili
and Frank Halai.
ey remain light at lock though, with
a replacement for Culum Retallick,
ruled out with a season-ending knee
injury, still not confirmed.
Luatua confirmed he would be happy
to play in the second row if required,
saying he "wasn t afraid of hard work",
the youngster getting a big taste of that
in his last match --- the All Blacks
24-22 victory which broke Irish hearts
in Dublin in November.
He said it was a test in which he
learned never to take anything for
granted --- a good attitude given recent
"I feel a lot more confident," he said
of his mindset compared to this time
"I m holding my head up a lot higher
than I usually do. I know where I need
to be and that s important. I m not
there yet." --- APNZ
Ma a Nonu s return to the Blues
after his disastrous season at the
Highlanders is likely to be delayed
by ankle surgery.
e delay means he is unlikely
to make what would have been a
high-profile return to Dunedin to
play Jamie Joseph s men in round
one on February 22.
Coach John Kirwan said he was
aware of the "cleanup" procedure
and possible delay. All Blacks
second-five Nonu was troubled
by the injury last year.
ere will be external pressure
on Nonu to prove his worth at
the Blues after he reneged on a
handshake deal with Kir wan in
what was the coach s first season
in charge last year --- instead
choosing to join the Highlanders.
While Kirwan was disappointed
by the snub at the time, he might
have thought otherwise as he
watched Nonu struggle with form
and discipline as the Highlanders
slumped to 14th out of 15 teams,
winning only three matches. His
form for the All Blacks meanwhile
was consistently high, including
in the June internationals against
Nonu finished the All Blacks
unbeaten season last year rated by
most observers as the world s best
Returning to full-time Super
Rugby duty yesterday along
with his All Blacks team-mates
following their extended break,
Kirwan said Nonu, a 31-year-
old veteran of 88 tests, had done
everything required of him.
"As far as I m concerned, every
communication I ve had with
him since he s signed has been
fantastic," Kirwan, who was
unwilling to predict when Nonu
would return, said. "He s done
everything he needs to do. He
wants to play, but I m just going
to hold him back like we will with
the others (All Blacks)."
Asked if it was realistic for
players to maintain their form
from February to late November,
Kirwan said the important thing
was to treat each player as an
individual. "It s an interesting
challenge; I think everyone s
different. What we re trying to
create here at the Blues is to treat
everyone differently. Some people
can hit form early, some people
hit form later, but the first thing
we want to do is to make sure
they re well physically."
All Blacks prop Tony
Woodcock s hamstring injury
from late last year will be
monitored following his return.
None of the senior All Blacks
are likely to be available for the
Blues three pre-season games,
starting with the Hurricanes in
Masterton on Saturday, Kir wan
said. Halfback Piri Weepu, who
has had knee surgery, could
play in the third warm-up game
against the Chiefs in Rotorua on
Chris Noakes will not be
available for Saturday s match
due to his neck problem, meaning
Benji Marshall and Baden Kerr
will both spend time at first-five.
World No 1 Tiger Woods
double-bogeyed the final
hole to finish down the field
in the $600,000 Champions
Challenge today, the curtain-
raiser to this week s Dubai
e 14-times major winner,
who missed the third-round
cut at last week s Farmers
Insurance Open in California,
carded a one-under 71 at the
Emirates Golf Club to trail
joint winners Henrik Stenson
of Sweden and Spain s Rafael
Cabrera-Bello by five strokes.
World No 6 Rory McIlroy
shared third place with
Spaniard Alvaro Quiros on 68.
Organisers staged the
Champions Challenge to mark
the 25th anniversary of the
European Tour event in Dubai.
All the former winners of
the tournament proper plus
the late Seve Ballesteros s son
Javier competed in the 18-hole
e $2.5 million Desert
Classic starts on Friday.
Ankle surgery to
delay Nonu s start
for the Blues
down the field
World cricket is set for a shake-up after
the ICC gave "unanimous support" for
"principles" to change its structure and
However, no sooner had the ICC presented
a united front following the first of a two-
day board meeting at its Dubai headquarters
today, than South Africa broke ranks.
Prior to the meeting, Cricket South Africa
had opposed leaked draft proposals designed
to give the sport s most financially powerful
Big ree nations of India, England and
Australia a greater say in the running of the
After yesterday s talks concluded, CSA
president Chris Nenzani said their backing
in Dubai would need endorsement from his
"Our position will be subject to full
consideration by our board and other
e section of the leaked plan that arguably
provoked the greatest criticism, namely the
Big ree being spared relegation in any
new two-division test set-up because of their
commercial importance, was rejected by the
It even indicated the likes of Ireland might
join the existing 10 test nations but without
" ere will be an opportunity for all
members to play all formats of cricket
on merit, with participation based on
meritocracy; no immunity to any country,
and no change to membership status," the
e statement was clear though in
signalling the end of the proposed World
Its delayed launch was supposed to happen
in England in 2017.
It has been replaced by the reprieved one-
day Champions Trophy, a more commercial
and broadcast-friendly proposition.
e mini World Cup was spared after a
successful final edition in England last year.
Plans to bolster the position of the Big
ree within ICC include the formation of
a new five-man executive committee, with
three seats reserved for the Board of Control
for Cricket in India (BCCI), the England
and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket
Meanwhile the ICC board agreed to
discontinue the centralised Future Tours
Programme, designed to ensure the 10
leading countries hosted and toured one
another during an eight-year span.
Instead there will be a return to bilateral
agreements between nations. ese will run
from 2015-23 in common with the ICC s
next commercial rights cycle.
In a change to the leaked plan, South Africa
were included as recipients in a test cricket
fund which will now be distributed by the
Big ree to all the other seven leading
nations, where the five-day game often
struggles for support.
Meanwhile the often cash-strapped West
Indies Cricket Board welcomed the revamp.
A WICB statement forecast it would
receive a 100% revenue increase on the
previous eight-year cycle (2006-14).
It added that as tours of the Caribbean by
India, England and Australia were the most
commercially viable to stage, reverting to
bilateral agreements would give the WICB
"greater opportunity to enhance its financial
position to the benefit of West Indies cricket".
Today s ICC statement said a further
meeting had been scheduled for February to
work out the details of the new structure.
SA non-committal on ICC changes
Luatua: It was a challenging time
Sports brand Canterbury has signed a
six-year deal to supply Ireland s rugby kit
from next season after Puma decided to
pull out of the sport in Europe.
Ireland will wear the new shirt for the
first time when they play South Africa in
Dublin in November and the multi-million
euro agreement runs until 2020, the company
said. Canterbury, founded in New Zealand
more than a century ago, also supplies
kit for 2015 World Cup hosts England.
e company previously provided Ireland s
kit between 2000 and 2009.
Germany s Puma, which signed a kit supply
deal with Premier League Arsenal yesterday,
is focusing its marketing activities on fewer
sports. --- Reuters
Ireland signs up for Canterbury kit
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