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The Star: April 13, 2017

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40 Thursday April 13 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Sport Value Cars 32 Moorhouse Ave | 03 366 7768 The Star The biggest range of vehicles in one location In Brief CANTY BOWLERS LOSE SEMIS Canterbury’s men’s and women’s teams both bowed out at the semifinal stage of the national under-8s inter-centre in Christchurch at the weekend. More than 20 provinces competed at eight different Christchurch clubs. The Canterbury women’s team was on track to defend their title before being beaten by Dunedin. The men’s team was eliminated by Waikato. HIGH SCHOOL GOLFERS Christchurch Boys’ High School students Tom Parker and Dominic Brettkelly finished in a tie for third at the Australian boys amateur championship in Wollongong. The pair finished the four-round tournament on four under par, three shots behind tournament winner Cameron John from Australia. Parker held the clubhouse lead going into the final round before a final round score of 73 saw him slip down the order. The prize for the tournament winner included a spot in this year’s Australian Open. NZ UNIVERSITY TEAM Five Lincoln and two Canterbury university players have been named in the New Zealand Universities rugby squad for their two-match internal tour this month. Lincoln’s Jack Stratton will captain the side. He’s joined by teammates Caleb Makene, Jono Osbourne, Chris Gawler and Harrison Groundwater. Sam Godwin and Nigel Gibb will represent Canterbury University. NZU will face the Bay of Plenty Wasps in Mt Maunganui on Anzac Day. Former distance runner makes a splash in triathlon • By Gordon Findlater A SUCCESSFUL background in middle distance running looks to have set Southshore triathlete Ari Graham on a path to glory. Graham, 18, won the recent Sea2Sky Challenge in Sumner, the latest of many achievements. She competed in last year’s national track and field championships in Dunedin, winning both the under-18 800m and 1500m titles. She is also a champion cross-country runner and has previously represented New Zealand at secondary school level. After trying her hand at a couple of school triathlons she made the bold move to turn her full attention to triathlon and it’s now paying dividends. Graham has taken a gap year following her final year at St Andrew’s College and is currently working part-time and training full-time with the Canterbury Triathlon Academy. Over the summer, she competed in the National Junior Series, which is contested between the top under-19-year-olds in the country over five events. Graham Two codes for coach • By Gordon Findlater MARTIN Field-Dodgson will put a new spin on codehopping when he starts in a role at Mainland Football later this month. Field-Dodgson, 39, has a strong background in rugby which includes a number of roles in development and coaching at the top level in Europe. He will soon transfer those skills to football when he starts as the community football manager for Mainland Football. He will still play a big part in rugby, in his first season coaching the Sumner Rugby Club division one side. “Some people have said you’re going to join the enemy but in the modern day and age the real enemy is doing nothing and computer games,” said Field-Dodgson. “The real driver for me is that kids are doing something, that’s the main thing.” In terms of football this will be his first true role in the sport. “I had a run around for the Cashmere Wanderer’s (now Cashmere Technical) as an eight or nine-year-old, that’s the extent of my football prowess,” said Field-Dodgson. Although he may not hold an extensive background in football, Mainland Football CEO not only won the series, she took out all five events. “I was really shocked with how well it went in my first year of triathlon. Every time I competed I wasn’t really expecting to win. I was just excited to compete and learn from racing,” said Graham. Graham has always been a strong swimmer and runner. Julian Bowden believes the organisation is getting someone with a huge skill set. “His varied background shows a great knowledge of club systems and structures so he was a standout for us,” said Bowden. “The fact he’s actually come from another code I find quite exciting because I think there is a whole lot we can learn from each other.” A connection between Mainland Football and Sumner Rugby Club isn’t something new. She has been hard at work on her cycling with coach Axel Reiser to develop her technique and bunch-riding tactics this year. The weeks are busy with four pool, three run and three cycle sessions. To keep it competitive, she spends most of her time training with a lot of the top boys at the academy. Bowden spent two seasons playing for the top Sumner side in the late 90s. Former All White Ben Sigmund also played on the wing for Sumner during a break from football. Field-Dodgson returned to Canterbury last year after 10 years in Italy working in various roles including academy manager and assistant coach at Pro12 team Benetton Treviso. Pro12 is a European competition, contested by the top Italian, Irish, Welsh and Scottish teams. In previous years, All RISING STAR: After making the switch from middle distance running, Ari Graham has dominated in her first year of triathlon. PHOTO: AT PHOTO “It’s about putting her into an environment where she’s being pushed,” said Reiser. He believes that Graham shows all the signs for them to be hopeful about her development. However, like all young athletes, there are a lot of factors in the future which will determine what she could go on to achieve. JUGGLER: Martin Field- Dodgson will work in two codes this winter as Mainland Football’s new community manager and as Sumner rugby coach. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Blacks such as John Kirwan and Craig Green have played for the club. “It was an incredible experience in terms of learning,” said Field-Dodgson. He has held a number of development roles before his time in Italy. After finishing physical education studies at University of Otago he spent a number of years working with the Queensland Rugby Union. Field-Dodgson begins the new role on April 26. “If you look at her times and compare that to previous Olympic champions, then she is now faster than them at this stage,” said Reiser. Graham currently competes over the sprint distance, which consists of a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run, half the length of the sport’s Olympic distance. She’s been able to get a good gauge of where she wants to get to. Since dedicating her time to triathlon, she has had the opportunity to work alongside New Zealand’s top female triathlete Andrea Hewitt. They swim together under the guidance of Roly Crichton, who trains New Zealand’s most successful Paralympian Sophie Pascoe. “I used to train with Roly at QE II when I was younger,” said Graham. “I’ve always kept in touch with him and, when I finished school, I was able to train with him again. “Andrea is really east to talk to and it’s amazing being able to train with someone who’s so accomplished.”

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