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Selwyn Times: August 01, 2017

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4 Tuesday August 1 2017 Latest Christchurch news at Our People SELWYN TIMES Hannah Bates Emotional medal for up-and-coming Lincoln resident Hannah Bates returned home from the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas last week. The 17-year-old swimmer competed in five different events and won a bronze medal in the 100m butterfly. She talks to Gordon Findlater Congratulations on winning bronze in the Bahamas. What was it like on the podium receiving your medal? I was crying. When I shook the man’s hand I held in the emotion, and then when I received the medal I started crying. When we turned and watched the flags rise it was just amazing. I’m not sure how to describe it, it was like nothing I’ve ever felt before. What was it like in the pool when you realised you’d finished third? I turned for the 50m mark and I could hear everybody yelling and screaming, so I realised something must be good. I touched fourth and pinned the other girl back in the final 50m. BACK HOME: Hannah Bates at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre with the medal she won in the Bahamas. PHOTO: GILBERT WEALLEANS When I touched the wall at the end I was thinking ‘oh my gosh have I done it’ and then I looked and saw the times. The New Zealand team were yelling and screaming, I hopped out of the water and everyone came and gave me a hug. What was the games village like? All of the countries stayed together in the same hotel and each country had a different level. We decorated the hallways and had big stickers on the windows, so everyone knew we were on level five. Were there any other countries that you got along well with? We actually got along really well with England. We sat next to them at the pool and we traded a lot of our uniform with them. Did you get much down time in the Bahamas? After the game we went snorkelling with turtles and the coral fish. I was kind of like the film Finding Nemo, there were so many different bright coloured fish. It was amazing, the water was so clear and blue. We were lucky enough to touch the turtles and were swimming along them as they were doing their thing. It was pretty incredible and something I had on my bucket list. The New Zealand team had a big welcome home party at Auckland Airport. What was it like being part of that? There were cameras and TV crews everywhere. We just walked through the doors and everyone started yelling, cheering and saying how proud of us they were. It made me feel so lucky to be a part of this country. Make your Sunday extra special with our popular Sunday Buffet Come and enjoy a delicious menu of classic and International flavours, accompanied by live music. Illustration only. SELWYN LAUNCH GROUP Every Sunday 12:30pm Adults $45pp, Kids u12 only $20 Birthdays & Anniversaries Celebrate your special occasion the Terrace Downs Resort way. Breathtaking views, superb cuisine giving you the option of premier accommodation. Packages available. High Country High Tea A Finest Slice of High Country! What better way to spend an afternoon with friends or family than in the tranquil setting of Terrace Downs Resort. 12 AUGUST, 6–9PM ROLLESTON COMMUNITY CENTRE An opportunity for young adults with disabilities, parents and caregivers to catch up with old friends and a welcome to new people. Please bring a plate for supper – soft drinks will be provided. growing strong communities together Proudly supported by Let us make your special day a day to remember! Only one hour’s drive from ChCh Illustration only. Available everyday 11am - 3pm Illustration only. $29 per person or $39 per person with a glass of bubbles Booking essential Minimum 2 people Phone 03 318 6943 623 Coleridge Road Windwhistle, Canterbury Email:

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Tuesday August 1 2017 5 swimming star How did you get into swimming and how long have you been doing it now? I first started swimming when I was six months old. Mum and I did the mother/baby lessons and I first started competitive swimming when I was 10-years-old. Where you always successful from day one? No. It’s been a big learning process, I started off at the bottom of the rankings when I was younger and I’ve just slowly started working my way up. Hopefully I can keep progressing forward. Was there a point when you realised swimming was something you wanted to take quite seriously? In 2012 I was also doing rhythmic gymnastics and I went to nationals and won gold for my age group. I also went to the national junior champs that year and won gold there as well. After that I realised I just wanted to do swimming and make that my career. What keeps you busy outside of swimming? It’s just swimming really. I wake up in the morning, go to training, go to school, come home, go to training and then it’s nearly bed time by the time I’m WILD WEATHER: Bates and a teammate stand on the beach as a storm approaches. Thunderstorms and an outdoor pool caused some races to be postponed in the Bahamas. home at night. How does that work for having a social life? My friends are amazing. They’re really understanding, they know I can’t be out late at night because I’ve got to go to training the next day. It is hard, especially with getting older now and a lot of people are wanting to go out late at night and having to say no all the time. I think after school is done I will be able to have more of a social life. Do experiences like the Commonwealth Youth Games make it worth it? Definitely. I’ve made so many new friends from going there and I know that swimming is going to make me plenty of good friends in the future. What are the plans going forward? I will be going to the Commonwealth Games trials in December. Next year is Junior Pan Pacific Championships which are in Fiji and Oceania Championships in Papua New Guinea. Beyond that I’m looking at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but that may not happen because I’ll only be 20 by then. You train at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre, has that made life easier being closer to Lincoln? Yes. I used to commute to Jelly Park every day and then when the Selwyn Aquatic Centre opened it was a no-brainer to go there. It’s only a 10min drive to the pool now rather than what would normally be a 20min drive into town, plus traffic. $100k for Maddie •From page 1 “It was a fantastic night and it was great because everybody got to laugh,” she said. The auction items included two dinners with politicians, which raised $10,000 each – pre-dinner drinks with Prime Minister Bill English before a dinner with Selwyn MP Amy Adams and a dinner with Winston Peters. Radio and television personality Gary McCormick, former All Black Andrew Mehrtens, Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt and actors Blair Strang and Shane Cortese made up a lineup of personalities who took part in a light-hearted debate to support the evening. The debate was over why Mr Shadbolt should or shouldn’t be prime minister. Maddie was presented on the night with a $10,000 cheque from The Lamar Charitable Trust. Two pillowcases sewn by Maddie as a fundraiser, which she usually sells for $20, were auctioned for $2000 on the night. The pillowcases also caught the attention of the management team at the new Novotel Christchurch Airport, which is set to open early next year, and they offered to buy 200 of them. Hotel general manager Olivier Lacoua said he planned to give the pillowcases as a gift to the hotel’s corporate clients, along with a card explaining Maddie’s story and linking to her fundraising pages. He said his team was impressed Maddie was not just asking for money, but had created something unique to sell. “The main thing is supporting a local girl. We are more than happy to assist as part of the community, all working together to hopefully help her to get treatment,” he said. Mrs Manson-Collins said she was confident enough money would be raised to get Maddie the treatment. Organiser Joanne McMaster said the fundraiser was amazing and there was so many people who got behind the evening. “This little girl just touches you, when you meet her . . . it is really daunting to think they have to raise $750,000,” Miss McMaster said. •To help Maddie get treatment go to https:// givethegiftoflifetomaddie Further REDUCTIONS in Rosalie’s WINTER SALE ON NOW Want to learn about Selwyn’s freshwater? Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 1 - 29 April, 2018 Come along to one of our seminars at Lincoln University. Hosted by Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee. 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