Olympian inspires stu­dents

Ev­ery week the South Waikato News delves into its ar­chives to see what was mak­ing the news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found sto­ries on a visit from a cham­pion rower, a wood chop­per’s hor­rific fall and a war events file do­nated to Toko­roa Li­brar

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10 years ago Olympian vis­its Pu­taruru March 28, 2001

Former New Zealand world cham­pion rower Chris White gave Pu­taruru West School chil­dren some tips on elite sports when he spoke to them last Wed­nes­day.

White, who spoke to the stu­dents at Rangiura Rest Home, was vis­it­ing as part of the Duffy books pro­gramme.

Schools be­long­ing to the pro­gramme re­ceive books and are vis­ited by role mod­els known as Duffy He­roes.

White was a mem­ber of the New Zealand Row­ing 8s when they twice won the world row­ing cham­pi­onships.

The Hamil­ton man has com­peted at four Olympic games, claim­ing a bronze medal in 1998, and told the stu­dents the train­ing had all been worth­while.

‘‘You get to ex­pe­ri­ence things that you wouldn’t nor­mally get to ex­pe­ri­ence in terms of push­ing your­self and teamship with your mates.’’

Prin­ci­pal Colleen Jaques said the chil­dren ben­e­fited from be­long­ing to the Duffy pro­gramme.

‘‘In a year they can get up to eight books. It’s very ex­cit­ing for them.’’ 25 years ago Mike can’t wait to get back in Fe­bru­ary 11, 1986

Mike Po­cock’s hor­rific fall from the top of the pole in the fi­nal of the jig­ger cham­pi­onship hasn’t put him off the sport.

In fact, the 37-yearold Toko­roa grader driver said from Waikato Hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day that he can’t wait to get back on the boards.

Po­cock fell from one of those boards when it slipped out of its wedge dur­ing the jig­ger fi­nal.

When he hit the ground he suf­fered a frac­ture of his left an­kle. ‘‘It all hap­pened so quickly,’’ he re­called. ‘‘I felt my­self fall­ing, and when I tried to stand up, I col­lapsed.’’

Po­cock had ev­ery rea­son to be happy with his per­for­mance on day one in reach­ing his first Golden Axe fi­nal.

It was in that fi­nal that every­thing went wrong.

Now he is wait­ing on the lat­est news from doc­tors on how long he will re­main in hos­pi­tal and whether the bro­ken bone will have to be put into trac­tion. 50 years ago War events file do­nated to Toko­roa Li­brary July 13, 1961

Through the gen­eros­ity of Mr L M Seed, a se­ries of copies of the New Zealand Her­ald have been do­nated to the Toko­roa Pub­lic Li­brary which should prove of con­sid­er­able value and in­ter­est.

The news­pa­pers record ev­ery im­por­tant as­pect of World War II from 1939 to 1945.

Dur­ing the war years Mr Seed re­tained ev­ery copy of the news­pa­per with a re­port of an out­stand­ing event, which has re­sulted in this unique file be­ing com­piled.

It is felt those who re­mem­ber the war year, as well as the younger gen­er­a­tion, will greatly ap­pre­ci­ate read­ing the ac­counts.

CHAMP SPEAKS: Former New Zealand world cham­pion rower Chris White gave Pu­taruru West School chil­dren some tips on elite sports.

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