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Western News: May 22, 2018

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12 Tuesday May 22 2018 Latest Christchurch news at WESTERN NEWS Photo finish for racing’s ‘lucky charm’ SPORTS • By Jacob Page AFTER 60 years of covering horse racing in Canterbury, photographer Colin Berry has retired – sort of. The 81-year-old, who lives in Hornby, has been a regular sight at Canterbury race meetings, especially Riccarton Park gallops and Addington trots, since the late 1950s. He has been photographing winning horses, delighted trainers, drivers and jockeys, and ecstatic race owners for most of his adult life – and says he will miss it. “A few years ago I had a double hip replacement and I feel like I’ve been slowing down since,” he said. “It’s always been great to photograph happy people. “A lot of owners or trainers would come up to me early in the night and say to me ‘I’m looking forward to seeing you after my race’ as if I was their lucky charm.” Born and bred in Christchurch, Mr Berry began his career during a three-month period of compulsory military training near the Ohakea Air Force Base in Palmerston North. He became a photographer’s assistant at Addington Raceway in 1956 doing photo finishes, and the rest as they say is history. ​As well as racing shots, he also did horse breeding photography. I won’t miss the cold of the winter night meetings but I’ve just loved the camaraderie that you have from working in the industry,” Mr Berry said. “There was a lot of mixed emotions on the night but my son Ajay has taken over for me and he’s just fantastic. “I’ll just be the messenger boy now, delving the odd photo and doing odd jobs in the office.” Mr Berry said he remembers covering the Addington Raceway grandstand fire in 1961 as one of New Zealand’s best standard bred horses, Cardigan Bay, led a race from start to finish, He said Christian Cullen remained one of his favourite horses, not only for his dominance on the track, but also because of his physical make up. “He’d be one of the best I’ve seen, he was just so well put together physically and a joy to photograph,” Mr Berry said. “It’s very hard to compare horses from different eras, though.” Mr Berry said technology advancement has made the biggest difference in race photography over time. “Back in the day, to try to get MOMENTS IN TIME: Colin Berry remembers covering the Addington Raceway grandstand fire in 1961 and taking photos of racing legend, Christian Cullen (above). a photo of a horse with all four of its feet off the ground while warming up was a real skill,” he said. “I’d listen from the beat and the pace of the hooves . . . now you can snaps 14 photos off in 1sec. “That happiness of nailing the perfect shot when you only had one shot at it back in the day is replaced by frustration if you don’t get it these days with the quality cameras.” Knights wear pink on the league field to stop bullying • By Jacob Page THE RICCARTON Knights rugby league club continues to lead the way when it comes to anti-bullying. The club has had a fortnight of their teams sporting pink apparel in a message of solidarity against bullying. All teams have worn pink over the past two weekends, with Pink Shirt Day last Friday. Riccarton was the first rugby league club in the country to tackle the issue head-on two years ago, and now even the Warriors will wear pink. Club volunteer Renee Barclay said the club is thrilled with the response it has received. “As a club we believe the antibullying message is really important for our entire community, but especially within sport where the line can be crossed from banter to unacceptable abuse,” she said. “We would like people to think twice before they speak – words can have a powerful effect. We’re sure children, coaches, players and referees appreciate encouragement rather than putdowns, and it would be great to see our rugby league community breaking stigmas by lifting up and supporting our wider community. “We would love to see rugby league in Canterbury making a positive impact and see more people keen to join our code.” The club ran a pink disco on Saturday and has sold candy floss on the sidelines. SUPPORT: The Riccarton Knights 14s team show their support for PInk Shirt Day by wearing pink socks and wristbands. “Our club is taking a close look at our own backyard, identifying our strengths and weaknesses, and where we can improve and take care of our own Knights’ whanau,” Ms Barclay explains. “We want to see both mentally and physically fit and healthy members at our club,” she said. “This is our second year supporting Pink Shirt Day and we are already looking ahead to next year. We are hopeful that other clubs identify this as an important message, too, and link arms with us and join the antibullying movement.” Visit anytime, anywhere! Breaking news, delivered to your pocket. •news •CTV •sport •districts •schools •lifestyle •opinion •what’s on Fire rages, homes at risk

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