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Selwyn Times: July 12, 2016

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10 Tuesday July 12 2016 SELWYN TIMES Dickson chases Olympic gold Sam Dickson cut his teeth playing rugby for West Melton. Next month he will stand on the world’s biggest sporting stage – the Rio Olympics. Gordon Findlater talks to Dickson about how lucky he is to be competing at the games, following a miraculous return from injury. LESS THAN three months ago Sam Dickson lay in the middle of the field in agony at the Hong Kong sevens tournament. His teammates were celebrating a last minute game winning try against Kenya. But Dickson was contemplating how bad the knee injury he had just sustained could be. “First of all, I thought it was just my [medial collateral ligament], which is usually about eight weeks out. “Then I went and had an MRI and found out the next day the [anterior cruciate ligament] was ruptured, which wasn’t great news. “To be honest, I thought Rio was completely out of the picture.” A ruptured ACL would in almost any circumstance mean surgery and at least six months out of the game. The lure of the Olympic Games was enough for the 26-year-old to take a risk and go the non-traditional method of attempting to recover from the injury without surgery. A decision that would GOING FOR GOLD: Sam Dickson has recovered from a serious injury and is now gearing up for the Rio Olympics, where he hopes to win gold with the New Zealand Sevens team. ​ keep his Rio dream alive. The odds were not in Dickson’s favour. However, his knee recovered to the point where he could take part in the sevens trial camp three weeks ago. “I hadn’t done much field stuff by then. “To be honest, I didn’t have a lot of confidence going into that, but I managed to get through it and I was pretty happy with the way i went.” With his knee holding up to the test, Dickson accomplished the goal that just a few month ago he would have seen as a long shot. Being named in the sevens squad for the Rio Olympics. Sevens didn’t enter Dickson’s mind until 2012, spending 17 years coming through the grades as an emerging flanker. Dickson’s rugby career began as a five-year-old playing midget rugby for West Melton. He would play through the grades for the club, even playing afternoon games in the country competition after playing for his secondary school team, St Thomas, in the morning. After going on to play first XV rugby in his final year at St Thomas, Dickson spent two years playing for Marist Albion colts before rejoining his boyhood club, West Melton. He would go on to captain the side as well as lead the Ellesmere and Canterbury Country representative teams. Sam Dickson Birthdate: October 28, 1989 Height: 1.92m Position: Forward Fact: Dickson’s only previous sevens experience prior to taking part in a sevens camp in 2012 was playing at midget level with West Melton. Dickson is the only South Island member of the New Zealand Sevens team. The Laboratory and Arts On Tour announce their next event on Monday 25 July will be Everest Untold, an engrossing homage to epic expeditions. Part climbing experience, part history lesson and part personal revelation, Everest Untold gives “…the untold story all New Zealanders should know” about the 1953 Everest expedition in which Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mt Everest. Written by Gareth Davies and produced by Ffynroc Productions, the touring play features Stephen Lovatt as Everest expedition leader Sir John Hunt, and Edwin Wright as ‘the other Kiwi’ - Hawkes Bay born George Lowe. Through this partnership, Davies reveals stories of sheer grit, determination and ambition in a dangerously inhospitable environment. For British Army Colonel Sir John Hunt, it’s all about the grand plan: For Lowe, experienced climber, schoolmaster with a can-do attitude, it’s all about the men. We also learn of the other men in the expedition – a physicist, geologist, doctor, cameraman, mountaineers and, of course, the Nepalese Sherpas. The play explores the cultural differences and divides, but also the passion to climb that all the members share. The Laboratory is opening especially on a Monday (when normally closed) so the whole venue will be given over to this fantastic show. Doors open at 5.30pm and the play starts at 7pm (60 mins no interval). The bar will be open with a delicious menu available on the night but seats are limited, so do book a table by calling 325 3006 if you have purchased a ticket and want to ensure you get a great seat to dine before the play begins. Tickets are $25 and available over the bar or online from Eventfinda. “This is a play truly for New Zealanders and New Zealand’s reputation abroad…I can’t tell you how informative it is, how entertaining it is and what a great evening it was at the theatre” - Raymond Hawthorne, ONZM

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday July 12 2016 11 in Rio sevens He made the Canterbury NPC wider-training squad in 2012. But the catalogue of talented loose forwards in the Canterbury ranks meant opportunities were limited with the likes of Nasi Manu, George Whitelock, Luke Whitelock, Matt Todd, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw and Jordan Taufua among the ranks. Sir Gordon Tietjens was looking for a new crop of players to bring into his sevens squad in 2012. Former Canterbury NPC coach Tabai Matson recognised something in Dickson that he believed could translate to the seven-man game and had the flanker attend a sevens training camp. After impressing at the camp, Dickson was selected to play in the 2012 Safari sevens tournament in Kenya. It was the first sevens tournament he had played in, having never previously played at secondary school or provincial level. “It was a bit of a shock to the system really. The altitude in Kenya was pretty high, plus we played six games in one day.” Tietjens was impressed with the debut and selected Dickson in the sevens squad for the upcoming Gold Coast tournament. Tweaking a hamstring a day out from the tournament, though, meant he was forced to wait for TAKING A BREAK: Sam Dickson (right) with teammates Tim Mikkelson (left) and Gillies Kaka (centre), at this year’s Vancouver sevens tournament. his New Zealand debut. Just a month later, he had his opportunity in Dubai. Dickson was contracted for the remainder of the season and claimed his first IRB sevens title in December 2012 in South Africa. He would go on to win that year’s IRB Sevens World Series with New Zealand. Dickson’s career could have taken a very different path at one stage. In 2010, he was asked by a friend to play a game of AFL (Australian Rules) in Christchurch “I played a few games, learned the rules and just got better and better. All of a sudden i was playing for New Zealand and went to the International Cup in 2011.” Following his performances for New Zealand in Australia, Dickson was scouted by Australian club side St Kilda. But at 22, he was seen as being slightly too old to mould into a professional. With his path now well and truly heading towards Rio, Dickson is confident having another four weeks to get back to full fitness. If New Zealand is able to win gold at the sevens, the victory will surely taste even sweeter for Dickson who, at the moment, is feeling healthy, lucky and ready to play. Rio’s six-day sevens tournament begins on August 6. New Zealand Sevens Rio Olympics squad: Scott Curry (C), Sam Dickson, DJ Forbes, Akira Ioane, Reiko Ioane, Gillies Kaka, Tim Mikkelson, Augustine Pulu, Teddy Stanaway, Regan Ware, Joe Webber, Sonny Bill Williams. SPORTS Ellesmere golf results Ellesmere Golf Club Results July 9 Another fine though chilly day meant that over 50 members played in the club day competition. The ladies played a stroke round as part of their club championship qualification and the men also played a stroke round. Ladies – Noea Harrison nett 76. 1; Jane pangborn nett 79, 2. Men division 1 – Max Ferris nett 67, 1; Jamie Chapman nett 68, 2; Blair Franklin nett 69 3; Aaron Chapman nett 70 ocb 4; Corey Duckmanton nett 70, 5; Gary McGill nett 71, 6. Men division 2 – Alan Miller Nett 70, 1; Grant Chesterman nett 71, 2; Stu Chamberlain nett 72 ocb, 3; Brian DeLore nett 72, 4; Dave Morrish nett 73 5; Simon McCormick Nett 74, 6. Twos – Hole 14 Ken Hearn, Alan Miller, Stu Chamberlain and Nigel Chamberlain. Nearest The Pin – Hole 2 Darryl Joyce, hole 14 Ken Hearn. Nett eagles – Not struck Mitsubishi Electric GE42 5.4kW includes FREE installation* $2,399* Mitsubishi Electric EF25 3.2kW includes FREE installation* $2,199* Choose from Black, White or Silver Mitsubishi Electric KJ50 5.8kW includes FREE installation* $3,349* Add WiFi control for just $199* *with every heatpump purchase Proud installers of Phone 0800 324 678 Call now for a free quote *includes cost of back to back install only, conditions apply