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Grey Power March 2018

The Grey Power Magazine is a prime national news source for its readers – New Zealand men and women over 50. Circulated quarterly to more than 68,000 members, Grey Power Magazine reports on the policies of the Grey Power Federation, and the concerns of the elderly, backgrounding and interpreting official decisions which affect their lives.

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10 NZ GREYPOWER MAGAZINE » MARCH 2018 Love of basketball a family game Husband and wife pair Russell (73) and Ray (70) Garland share a long association and passion for the sport of basketball. At the recent Otago Community Trust New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin, they tirelessly kept up with the on court action in their roles as basketball referees. Both in their 70s, Russell and Ray tirelessly travel up and down the court for two 25-minute halves end on end. The pair are also life mem- bers of the Otago Basketball Association and are widely regarded as the ‘glue’ of the association’s refereeing. Ray and Russell have been referees at every New Zealand Masters Games since it began 29 years ago. Basketball is in their blood. Ray’s father was also a referee and the Garland children were immersed in the game being first taken to a basketball game aged 5yrs and 8yrs. The couple’s daughter, Tracy Kelly (47), is a former Tall Fern who travelled back from Dubai to play at the 2018 NZ Masters Games. Tracy also played at the World Master’s in Auckland last year, in a team that included five Logan Park Old Girls who played in the school’s basketball team that won the Secondary School National Champs in 1986 and 1987. Tracy’s love of the sport continues in Dubai where she plays in a women’s league; often in 40 degree heat under lights, outside at night. The Garland’s second daughter Vicki (50) also still plays basketball, but was unable to compete at the event. When it comes to keeping track of on court action, Russell and Ray have known most of the local basketball players since they were kids so as referees they know most players by their first names. Despite both being in their seventies they can still keep pace with the run of play and neither is talking about putting down the whistle anytime soon. Ray and Russell Garland Change of pace for netball The introduction of walking netball proved a hit at this year’s Otago Community 50097 Medal Mounting • Court or swing style of full size or miniature medals. Ribbon bars prepared. • Extra sets of medals for family members. Supplier of replica WWII wings and brevet. • A framing service is available for those within driving distance of Kapiti. Trust New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin. The sporting event saw five teams competing who Tony Prowse, 6 Chilton Dr, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast, 5032 Ph 04 297 3232 or email: tsprowse@xtra.co.nz 30 years experience • NZ Defence Force approved mounter had never played the game before. The Sapphires, a Dunedin team, who first played regulation netball at the Masters Games in 2000 and then retired from the game in 2011, were lured back by this new, seemingly easy- sounding code of play. Walking netball is basically netball minus all the high impact moves. One foot always has to be on the ground so that rules out running and jumping. It’s a game for those who love netball but who don’t want to be hard on their body, which Sapphire team member, Kim Barnes, felt was just about what her team could handle. “We are hardened netball fans, we travel to every Silver Fern and Southern Steel game that we can. When it comes to our own playing skills though we know we have hidden talents but just haven’t found them yet! “This was fabulous fun for us and also very special as we lost Karen, one of our dearest players last year so we played in honour of her memory.” Kim said it took the Sapphires some time to get used to the fact that you couldn’t run or jump. “You just wanted to do that instinctively. I think our sorest muscles were our laughing muscles.” The Sapphires hidden talents eventually came to the fore in the competition and they did their friend’s memory proud by winning the gold medal in the 50+ age group. Kim said the win was very emotional. “It was very very special. We were amazed that we won gold; it means so much to us all”. During the medal ceremony, Games ambassador Jodi Brown revealed that she has played in the local walking netball competition in Dunedin which started near the end of last year. “I’m in a family team that includes my daughters and my parents-in -law. I love it. I had to give up netball because of injuries, so for me it’s a great way to play the game and also provided me with an awesome opportunity to play with my family. Our team range in age from six to 66 years.” Jodi encouraged the teams to consider playing in the local competition. Kim Barnes says the Sapphires are definitely considering becoming regular players. Do you need caring & friendly transport? 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A growing interest in petanque NZ GREYPOWER MAGAZINE » MARCH 2018 11 Judith Waters (51) from Benhar and Karen Rawley (55) from Darfield meet up every two years at the New Zealand Masters Games, to play Twilight Petanque. However this year they took their shared interest a step further and also challenged themselves by entering the competitive Open Petanque. Their progression from the social game to the competitive is a familiar story to local Otago petanque stalwart Nadine Simpson. “Since 1998 when Twilight Petanque was introduced to the Masters Games, many of the social players loved the game so much that they became regular players in local clubs. “In fact, two Dunedin petanque clubs, the Dunedin City Club and the Taieri Club have both been formed by players who were introduced to the sport at the Games.” Judith and Karen won their first silver medal at the Twilight Petanque, but had a bit of a rough start to the open competition, with three losses in a row - but Judith’s positive attitude won out and she said they weren’t disheartened. “We are self-taught and we have got a lot to learn and we were playing against very experienced players. We like to think we’ve have had some successes within each game. “Everyone has been very helpful and supportive. It’s very relaxing, we enjoyed the social environment.” Karen and Judith also enjoyed the nightly entertainment at the Games village. “We loved the Casino night and bought a pair of socks for ‘3.5 million’. Basically, we had no idea what we were doing there either, but it didn’t matter.” Now that the Games are over, the petanque flame may just continue to glow for Judith as she is already talking about wanting to start up a club in Darfield. Karen Rawley and Judith Waters New Zealand record for 87yo swimmer Age is no barrier for Auckland’s May Hill. The 87-year -old set the pace in the pool at the recent Otago Community Trust New Zealand Masters Games. Her impressive performance was no one-race wonder either. May swam in the 50 metres, 100 metres and 200 metres in both freestyle and backstroke; taking the gold medal in each of these events in the 85+ category. She also set a New Zea- land record for the 85+ 200 metre backstroke. May’s new time of 7:37.01 was a solid cut ahead of the previous record of 7:42.44. “I treated the first few events as warm-ups and by the time I got to the 200 metres backstroke I went for it,” says May. “Initially I was blinded by the sun in my eyes and kept crashing into the ropes, so I knew I needed to speed up in the last length.” May has been attending the New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin since she took up swimming in 2000. She found that her favourite sport badminton was too hard on her body and decided swimming was still something she could do. She joined the Manakau Masters Swimming Club, where she swims every second day. “At first, I used to get disqualified in competitions for not touching the end of the pool, but I know the ropes now. I learnt the hard way!” May has her own coach and says she trains hard using hand blades and without kicking. A float is placed between her legs which she has to squeeze. “This training exercise helps strengthen the muscles, it is as good as using weights. It’s hard work but it pays off!” She says she loves the time she spends in Dunedin and will be coming back for more in 2020. May Hill Game, Set, Match With more than six decades enjoying the game of tennis, Murray Facer is still going strong. The 74-year-old travelled from Timaru to compete at the recent Otago Community Trust New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin - on the tennis court, of course. No stranger to the competitive atmosphere, this is the sixth New Zealand Masters Games he’s competed in. “I love it, you play some good tennis, you meet good people, and even some people whose names I’ve forgotten. “For me it’s also a chance to catch up with family as I stay here with my brother. “Tennis is a sport that can keep you on your toes from when you’re a teenager to well into your seventies.” Murray was born in Dunedin and has played tennis since he was a youngster. “I often say, 6o years ago I would have got that shot.” Murray Facer Murray belongs to the Highfield Tennis Club in Timaru, where he plays once a week. A life member of the club, he says he’s been ‘recycled into a coach’. Some of the tennis at the Games was played at the Edgar Centre, a venue Murray enjoys. ”It’s unusual to play tennis indoors. I’m used to looking up and seeing the blue sky but in Dunedin at the Edgar Centre it’s rafters and lights. It’s quite unique. 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