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The Star: March 23, 2017

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2 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday March 23 2017 Inside FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK Sometimes there are stories that just make you sit and marvel at the absolute determination the human spirit can muster. We have one such story today. In June, cyclist and former Christchurch Boys’ High student Keagan Girdlestone was nearly decapitated when, during a race in Italy, he went through the window of a support vehicle. His list of injuries is such that those who witnessed the crash could be forgiven for thinking he was dead. Keagan has returned to Christchurch, incredibly after learning how to walk again. His aim a few months ago was just to be able to cycle to his neighbourhood cafe in Lincoln. Now he is lining up Le Race as the No 1 seed. This is not only a nod to his incredible recovery but also that he was the youngest person to ever win Le Race back when he was 16-years-old. All the very best for the race Keagan. Hei kona, Shelley Robinson The Christchurch Star Company Ltd. 359 Lincoln Rd | Addington | Christchurch 8024 CONTACT THE STAR ADVERTISERS YOUR BEST CHOICE TO GROW CUSTOMERS No.1 for Readership No.1 for Circulation No.1 for Results Contact us today to grow more customers for your business! Contact Shane at: shane@starmedia.kiwi or call 3797-100 Source: CMI Nielsen readership Thursday Christchurch Urban area 10+ Better living and leisure for your golden years 19 At a Glance Drag queen role for actor THEATRE/ARTS GENERAL: 379 7100 | NEWS: Barry Clarke. 364 7422. barry@starmedia.kiwi | WEB: www.starmedia.kiwi ADVERTISING: 364 7429, shane@starmedia.kiwi | CIRCULATION/DELIVERY JOBS: 364-7451 or 7453 THIS WEEK IN CANTERBURY’S PAST This week in history saw the arrival of New Zealand’s first hansom cab in the city on March 21, 1864. On the same day in 1918, the first meeting of the Canterbury Progress League (now the Canterbury Promotion Council) was held. On March 22, 1975, 3000 joggers took part in The Star’s first City2Surf fun run. (See this year’s event, p8-9). On March 23, 1866, the road to the West Coast was opened. On March 23, 1977, the Durham St overbridge was opened. On March 24, 1887, the first city council offices were opened on the corner of Oxford Tce and Worcester St. FORWARD 50 27 News....................................3-24 City2Surf........................ 8,9 Viewpoint ......................13,14 Theatre/Arts..........19,20 Gardening....................35-37 Travel................................. 41 Puzzles....................................46 Entertainment......55-59 Gym time for ice hockey player SPORT 44 LOCAL NEWS www.Star.kiwi The Star EVENT FOR BOOK WORMS Want to stock up on some reading material for the cooler months? Book enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice at the library book sale, which starts tomorrow. It will be selling more than 50,000 books and other good condition books and items no longer in demand. Most adult books will be $3 while young adult and children’s books will be $1. It will be held at Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre from 9am to 7pm tomorrow, and from 9am-4pm on Saturday. Tuesday Stunning NZ designed Label Gorgeous dresses, tops & pants Instore now Along with Zaffina, Seduce, Stitch Ministry, Black List.. to name a few. yellow plywood Vanity Range 20% Off Freestanding Baths 15-20% Off NEW LOCATION 13b Parkhouse Rd, CHRISTCHURCH Great service, style & variety 55 Nottingham Avenue, Halswell. Phone: 322 6126 new range of Tapware and accessories instore End of Line and Display Vanities up to 50% OFF Open 7 Days Mon - Fri 9.00 - 5.30, Sat 9.30 - 4.00, Sun 10.00 - 3.00 0800 MILLEN | www.millen.co.nz | 03 348 8678

The Star 3 News Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday March 23 2017 Gearing up for next hurdle • By Gordon Findlater EIGHT MONTHS ago, Keagan Girdlestone was learning how to walk again after nearly being decapitated in a horror cycle crash. On Saturday, after an amazing recovery, he will ride in Le Race, a 100km cycle from Cathedral Square to Akaroa. A race he also has the honour of being the youngest ever winner back in 2014, when he was 16-years-old. Organisers have seeded him No 1 for the event, recognition of his winning effort three years ago, and for winning his life back as well. It is a remarkable feat, considering it was only in June, when competing in the Coppa della Pace race in Italy, his head crashed through the back window of a support vehicle, the glass severing his carotid artery and jugular vein. The last thing Girdlestone remembers is the sound of spectators yelling at him to slow down. Those who witnessed the crash were reported in media saying there was no way he could survive, after nearly being decapitated. Girdlestone sustained bruising to the brain, and in hospital suffered several small strokes, CHAMPION: In 2014 Girdlestone put himself on the scene by becoming the youngest ever winner of Le Race. READY: Keagan Girdlestone is ready to push the limit on Saturday after receiving news that he no longer needs to stay on a heart rate restriction. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN going into cardiac arrest. His prospects of survival were grim and he remained in a coma for several days. But Girdlestone survived and began the uphill battle of learning to walk again, but he always kept his sights on trying to revive his cycling career. When he returned to Christchurch in August he set himself the goal of being able to ride to his local coffee shop in Lincoln. He achieved the goal by the start of November. He has ridden more than 4000km already this year, including a couple of races, and believes the sky is now the limit. “We’re at the stage now where we actually have no idea of what I’m capable of doing,” he said. Girdlestone’s goal for 2017 is to compete in the Tour of Southland later this year. He’s aiming even higher after that. “I’m hoping that there is still the possibility for me to compete at the Commonwealth games in 2018 in the Gold Coast,” he said. “It’s a far cry but if your goals aren’t big enough that they scare you, then are they even worth trying to achieve?” On Saturday the South African-born rider will bring the same fighting spirit to the iconic Canterbury cycling event, which still holds a special place in his heart. “The win in 2014 really kickstarted things for me. I started to get a lot of good results after that and realise my full potential,” said Girdlestone Girdlestone says the event is probably his favourite in New Zealand and describes it as short but relentless. “I’ve done some pretty hard training rides but being in a racing situation this will be substantially harder, it’s going to hurt like hell,” he said. Saturday will be the first time that he can truly push the limit. Since getting back on the bike Girdlestone has been on a heart rate restriction of 145bpm. However, after recent ultrasounds it has been discovered he doesn’t need to worry about his artery rupturing under load. The race starts at Cathedral Square at 8am. In Brief SELWYN SEX ATTACK The woman who comforted the victim after a sex attack in Lincoln has come forward, but has provided little information for police to go on. A 48-yearold woman was attacked near the bend of West Belt and North Belt after she left the Selwyn Sounds concert on March 4 at 6.30pm. Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Anderson said police still have “a few irons in the fire” but information coming in was slowing down. Several people police identified as possibly having information have been spoken too. Anyone with information about the attack should phone 363 7400 or Crimestoppers, anonymously if necessary, on 0800 555 111. MINISTER CHALLENGED A conservation trust manager, angry at Environment Minister Nick Smith’s swimmable river stance, has challenged him to a boxing match – with the loser to “frolic” in one of Christchurch’s most polluted swimming holes. Greg Byrnes, a former Environment Canterbury planner, posted the challenge in a classified advert because he said he had seen the cost of polluted waterways, and believed Dr Smith was dismissing the problem. BARRIERS REMOVED Part of Madras St has been restored to three lanes for the first time since the February 2011 earthquake. The barriers, between Lichfield and Tuam Sts, have been removed. 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