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
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.