Hip injury gives way to hen party hi-jinks
Mum and reporter JO McKENZIE-McLEAN is taking on one of the biggest challenges of her life, training for the Northburn Station 50km event. She reports on her progress.
for a run or climb a hill - which is always a healthy remedy for a bad mood. But clay bird shooting certainly released some stress and tension. I jumped screaming with delight when, on my first shot, I actually hit a clay target.
The other girls were equally as talented behind the gun (some more so than others) and after a couple of hours we retired to the pavilion to enjoy some welldeserved bubbles and snacks. It was lifting the glass to my mouth I suddenly became aware of an ache in my right bicep. The fit of my dress had made it a bit awkward to hold the gun properly, so as I fired away with crazy pleasure, the thing kept hitting back into my arm. During the course of the evening, the bubbles flowed and more physical challenges took place.
There was no consideration for my hip injury as I participated in a game whereby you had to pick up a 24-pack sized beer box in your teeth while leaning over, without using hands. The size of the box gets ripped into smaller and smaller pieces until you are left with a winner. I managed to get third place from memory, after I was eliminated having slammed into the carpet face first.
Not a pretty look, but fun. And us super-limber, clay bird shooting extraordinares were all well past caring about what we looked like at that stage.
Pretty in pink: Reporter Jo McKenzie-McLean, front, impressed even herself with her clay bird shooting abilities. She shoots off against Kylie O’Callaghan and is getting instruction from Peter Wood.