Little Rock nightclub bedding down in new spot
Louise Corbett’s already a winner.
Whatever happens after she crosses the start line in tomorrow’s world Ironman championships in Kona, Hawaii, the 54-year-old Nelson mother of two has already beaten the odds just by being there.
In April, Corbett was involved in a horrific accident while on a training ride in Richmond. A car crossed in front of her, forcing her to slam on the brakes and throwing her over her handlebars at 53kmh.
She suffered a fractured skull, a brain bleed, multiple orbital fractures and breaks to her nose, ribs, wrist and shoulder. She spent five days in hospital – her dream of competing at the world’s premier Ironman event seemingly shattered.
She’d amazingly qualified for the world championship in her age group three weeks earlier after just her second ever triathlon at this year’s New Zealand Ironman champs in Taupo. And she ‘‘cried like a baby’’ when legendary Ironman race announcer Mike Reilly called her name as one of the successful qualifiers for Kona.
But even while lying in her hospital bed, Corbett never once wavered in her belief that somehow she would make it to Hawaii.
‘‘In hospital I said, ‘I’m still going to Kona’ and nothing changed that, even when things were looking pretty grim,’’ Corbett said this week from Kona as she continued her countdown to race day.
Remarkably, it was only a month after her accident that she began restricted training under the guidance of her coach Lionel Padial.
‘‘What he has done in terms of putting together a training programme and supporting me through my accident has been nothing short of incredible.
‘‘It goes without saying of course that [Corbett’s husband] Wayne has A building that’s been a destination for Nelson night revellers for decades has been bought by property developers.
Little Rock nightclub on Bridge St is moving to the former site of the Shark Bar further down the street towards town, when the club’s lease expires next April.
The building has been bought by property group Gibbons, who didn’t return calls yesterday.
Corey Taylor now co-owns the Little Rock club with his father, former Nelson hospitality association branch chairman, Ron Taylor, who has moved to Christchurch.
The club will take up half of the new site, with the other half comprising a bar called Taylor’s that opens next weekend.
‘‘Our lease was up and we chose not to renew it down there, because we saw a greater oppor- been my absolute rock in all of this. Having him and our kids, Tim and Chris, here [in Hawaii] to share this experience means the world to me.
‘‘Every single day since my accident I have visualised crossing the Kona finish line and hearing the voice of Ironman Mike Reilly call my name. Some days that has been the only thing that has kept me going.’’
Now six months on, Corbett’s about to defy seemingly overwhelming odds simply by making the start line.
‘‘I’m that excited, I’m like a kid before Christmas,’’ she said just three days out from the gruelling 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and marathon run. tunity down here,’’ said Corey Taylor.
‘‘It’s a better location ... we can put a bar on one side that’s going to have gaming and pool tables and live music, and we can do what we already do on the other side.’’
There was potential to grow the business, he said.
‘‘Those that like live music, we think there’s a little bit of a market out there for it, and we’re still going to offer what we do with the live DJ on the other side.’’
‘‘I know I’m going to finish it because I know that the only way I won’t finish is if the medic pulls me off the course. At the finish line I’m going to be such an emotional mess.
‘‘I’ve worked so hard mentally and physically to get here that I want to really enjoy every moment. I don’t want to be there at 12 o’clock at night but if that’s what it takes to get me there, then that’s what it’ll be.
‘‘But I’m here living the dream and my event on Saturday (Sunday NZ time), whatever happens, whatever time I do here, I’m going to drag my sorry arse across that finish line and I’m going to live the day.
‘‘Number 816 will be going hard.’’
The sale of the Shark Bar, formerly owned by Steve Shepherd, went through on October 1.
Shepherd said he sold up because of escalating costs, a changing dynamic among clientele, and to move on to other things.
‘‘There’s more regulation, licensing is more expensive,’’ he said, adding he will be carrying out consulting work from now on.
Does the departure of two stalwarts of the Nelson night scene signal a changing landscape for the city’s nightlife? Corey Taylor doesn’t think so. The night scene ‘‘has changed a little bit, you used to get three or four nights a week out of it, now you sort of get two or three, so there might be one less night a week that is busier than it used to be,’’ he said.
‘‘It still goes well, but only on a Friday to Saturday night, so we want to grow the mid week stuff, hence why we’re moving.’’
Louise Corbett has made a remarkable recovery after a horror crash just six months ago.
The institution that is the Little Rock nightclub is moving down to where the Shark Bar used to be on Bridge St in central Nelson.