Cy­cling, yoga keeps Edgar fit

Kapi-Mana News - - SUMMER FUN -

Welling­ton Fire­birds coach Bruce Edgar on Porirua, the earth­quake and that T20 fi­nal.

Bruce Edgar is a new­comer to Porirua, but is en­joy­ing what the city has to of­fer.

The for­mer New Zealand crick­eter forged a ca­reer in fi­nance and banking, be­fore re­turn­ing from Aus­tralia in 2013.

His ten­ure as Fire­birds coach since 2015 has been suc­cess­ful, most re­cently in the heart­stop­ping T20 fi­nal win over Cen­tral Dis­tricts.

You moved to Whitby, Porirua in 2015. What do you like about it?

It’s beau­ti­ful, love it. Our neigh­bours were great af­ter the earth­quake in Novem­ber. One went to the su­per­mar­ket, came back and knocked on our door, giv­ing us a few loaves of bread, which was a won­der­ful ges­ture. [Wife] Nicky and I es­pe­cially like that walk around Pau­ata­hanui In­let from Mana to the wa­ter­ski club at Gray’s Rd. It’s fan­tas­tic. I cy­cle a lot too. A group of us meet at the Mo­bil sta­tion at Pare­mata and ride from there.

Is Porirua be­com­ing a crick­eter’s en­clave?

[Fire­birds play­ers] Luke Wood­cock and Brent Ar­nel live here, so does [for­mer play­ers] Gavin Larsen and Matt Bell, along with Sally Mor­ri­son, who is the chair­woman of Cricket Welling­ton. Maybe we could form a Dad’s Army team or some­thing.

LOOK WHO’S TALK­ING ‘‘I love see­ing those ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers en­joy­ing the game.’’

What else do you do to stay fit?

Be­cause I hit a lot of cricket balls and throw a lot as a coach, I need to keep rea­son­ably ac­tive and I do yoga at Ci­tyFit­ness in Porirua. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done - the peo­ple are so friendly and the in­struc­tors have sym­pa­thy for me and help me a lot.

Have you made a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion?

Nicky and I nor­mally sit down on New Year’s Eve and talk about the year ahead, things we want to do. I have things I want to achieve with the Fire­birds and, per­son­ally, I re­ally want to get the pad­dle­board out and res­ur­rect the kayak to get out on the wa­ter more.

How sat­is­fy­ing was the T20 fi­nal win over Cen­tral Dis­tricts on Jan­uary 7?

We were writ­ten off be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion and then lost four games in a row. Peo­ple were say­ing ‘‘the team’s too old’’. We never lost hope and knew those losses were close. We got this mo­men­tum go­ing and ev­ery­thing came to­gether.

What do you en­joy most about coach­ing?

As a coach, you have to be able to deal with the eu­pho­ria of win­ning and the lows that come with los­ing. What I love is see­ing those ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers en­joy­ing the game and be­ing able to guide and de­velop the young guys com­ing through.

If you could have three peo­ple, liv­ing or dead, to din­ner, who would it be?

Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary, Richie McCaw and Barack Obama. The first two be­cause they’re amaz­ing New Zealan­ders, hum­ble but hav­ing the abil­ity to go beyond what is ca­pa­ble. And Obama to ask what it takes to run a su­per­power like the USA. I’d want to talk to them all about lead­er­ship.

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