20 Wednesday May 16 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Swimming brothers earn scholarships Grant to help them reach full potential • By Jacob Page SELWYN SWIM Club brothers Celyn and Ieuan Edwards are among the 13 New Zealanders named Gold Hearts scholars. Both are talented swimmers and the accolade from the children’s charity, Variety, means they will both receive up to $5000 of funding to help them reach their full potential in the pool. The brothers are from Halswell. Celyn, 17, competed at the Commonwealth Games this year, earning personal bests in the individual medley. “It was certainly a new experience for me, usually I only have 400 people in the stands supporting us so to have 10,000 was something else,” Celyn said. He says his younger brother is showing plenty of promise. “He’s beating me in a few races now and seems to be heading on the right track.” Celyn holds 23 New Zealand records and one Oceania record. He swam at the Berlin IDM meet and the Australian Swimming Para Grand Prix last year, and SWIM BROS: Brothers Celyn and Leuan Edwards push each other to attain their goals in the pool. at the 2018 Victoria Championships. Celyn will be using his Gold Heart Scholarship to assist with his attendance at development camps, provided by Paraswimming New Zealand and the Selwyn Swim Club. He will also use the funds to assist in getting him to upcoming meets, both in New Zealand and overseas, and on related equipment costs. Ieuan, 15, has his sights set on competing at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, followed by the 2024 Paralympic Games. He is also looking to compete in the New Zealand short course SPORTS champs and the New Zealand Open, as well as attend development camps hosted by Paraswimming New Zealand and the Selwyn Swim Club – each of which would not be possible without the Gold Heart Scholarship. Ieuan holds one New Zealand record, has won medals at previous New Zealand short course championships and New Zealand Open meets, and is the joint holder of the 2015 Halberg Junior Disability Games overall best athlete, “My older brother has shown me that I can attain my goals because he has done them,” Ieuan says. Ieuan wants to represent New Zealand in the middle-distance freestyle events. The scholarship money will help pay for both swimmers to attend national training camps and short course meets. “He’s a very relaxed older brother and he gives me a lot of good advice,” Ieuan said. He is currently striving to close the gap between his swim times and those of the current New Zealand swim team who are some five years older than him.
SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday May 16 2018 21 Lincoln para-athlete gets boost to achieve goals • By Jacob Page LINCOLN para-athlete Montana Brown’s desire to try new things has her on the path to representing New Zealand in wheelchair racing. The talented 15-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and spastic diplegia, has recently fallen in love with the sport and now dedicates a lot of her spare time to training. Already an avid target shooter and boccia player, it is her wheelchair racing which is starting to turn heads. Montana, who attends Cashmere High School, has been awarded a Gold Heart Scholarship from children’s charity, Variety, worth up to the value of $5000. Having only taken up the sport in October, Montana has already competed at the Halberg Junior Disability Games, where she finished third in the 50m race and second in both the 100m and 200m races. Montana is currently using a borrowed wheelchair from ParaFed Canterbury, which is not quite right for her size. She will be using this funding to assist in the purchase of a purpose-built wheelchair of her own. “I really love the sport,” she FAST TRACK: Cashmere High School’s Montana Brown has taken to wheelchair racing quickly and has been awarded a scholarship from Variety to continue her progression. says. “When I race, it’s a lot of effort through my arms and I often come back with big bruises but that’s okay because they look really cool. Montana credits both ParaFed Canterbury and Cashmere High School’s conductive education programme for allowing her to have so many sporting opportunities. Conductive education is an educational system developed in Hungary in the 1940s. Its objective is to enable physically disabled and multi-disabled individuals to actively participate in society by means of intensive and systematic training and practice. Montana said she would like to represent New Zealand in the sprint distances of wheelchair racing at both the Commonwealth Games and Paralympics one day soon. “Having watched the racing at the Commonwealth Games (earlier this year), it’s motivated me to keep training hard and keep improving. Ellesmere side named ELLESMERE RUGBY coach Alex Robertson says an even senior competition has created plenty of depth for the representative season. The team will play Queensland Country in a night fixture at Dunsandel on June 25, then head to Ashburton to play Mid-Canterbury on July 3 in preparation for their Southbridge Shield clash with North Canterbury in Prebbleton on July 14. “It’s been a really tight competition so far which has shown there is depth within our clubs,” Robertson said. “I think eight of the 10 clubs are represented in this squad, which is a reflection of how things have been so far (in 2018). Roberston is in his second year as coach and he believes he learnt a lot from the 2017 campaign. “This year, we don’t have a shorter time together as a group so the need to get combinations working quickly will be important.” Ellesmere won back the Southbridge Shield with a 35-20 win last year which made for their 10th triumph in 12 years. Robertson congratulated the Springston players who have made the squad in the backs, Cameron Powell and Michael Sheenan. Roberston was aware other players from outside the squad may still force their way in before the games in June, Ellesmere squad Forwards: Patrick Clegg, Hamish Pauling, Michael Brankin, Tim Wright (Darfield), Graham Greenslade, Sam Cottam, Mark Stanbury (Lincoln), William Holden, Gareth Seymmour (BDI), Jim Cummings, Joe Robbins (Waihora), Steve Lees- Godwin, Tom Brand, Eddie Sunia (Prebbleton), Isi Fine, Daryl Lamborn, Jali Masi (Southbridge), Sam Hesselwood (West Melton). Backs: Harry Kirk, Matt Saunders, Mark Maitland (Waihora), Harry Pankhurst, Brent Dalley, Alex Parker, Dave Bennett, Guy Murgatroyd, Tim Murgatroyd, Todd Henderson (Prebbleton), Matt Hickey, Cameron Sheat, Josh Davidson (Southbridge), Ashton Berry (West Melton). PICKED: Lincoln’s Sam Cottam (with ball) has made Ellesmere rugby squad. PHOTO: KAREN CASEY •More sport, p23