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Selwyn Times: October 10, 2017

Selwyn Times: October 10,

FREE TUESday OCTOBER 10 2017 379 7100 Selwyn GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband Times Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Kea (Nestor Notabilis) 0800 726 724 www.scorch.co.nz Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthur’s Pass, Kirwee CHAMPION: Hannah Bates (right) celebrates with silver medallist Millie MacDonald moments after winning gold in the 400m individual medley. PHOTO: BW MEDIA ​ Lincoln’s golden girl in the pool • By Gordon Findlater LINCOLN’S HANNAH Bates is a national champion after winning her first open swimming title at the NZ Short Course Championships in Auckland. Bates, 17, finished the five-day event with a gold medal in the open 400m individual medley and a bronze medal in the open 100m individual medley. “I didn’t think I was going to come up here and win an open title, so to do it was pretty amazing,” said Hannah. She went into Friday’s 400m individual medley final with confidence after setting the fastest qualifying time. She showed no signs of cracking under pressure of the big stage, shaving two and a half seconds off her previous best time in the event to win in 4min 48.92sec, more than two seconds ahead of her nearest rival. It was a busy week for Bates, who competed in 17 individual races and three team relays. She also won a gold, four silver and two bronze medals in the 17-18 year age category. Bates’ preparation for the championships was not ideal. Six weeks ago she came down with a stomach bug which forced her to miss a week of training. •Turn to page 24 Another twist in Lincoln’s parking issues • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding LINCOLN’S CAR parking issues have taken another twist with painted reserved signs outside a line of shops now having to be removed. The signs on car parks outside an Indian restaurant, Subway, hairdresser, dairy and coffee shop read ‘Reserved shops 5 Robert St’ were put in 12 days ago. But the district council says the signs cannot stay as the shops do not have exclusive use of the car parks, which have 120min restricted parking signs on them. Building owner Shaun Stockman told the Selwyn Times he had put in the signs as a response to clamping and tow away signs put up by the Black Door Bar and Eatery on the other side of Robert St in June. He said the Black Door’s patrons were taking up the car parks outside the shops. Those signs were removed several weeks ago. The district council ruled the Black Door did not have exclusive rights on the parks outside its premises. •Turn to page 7