Cycling, yoga keeps Edgar fit
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.
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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.