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engineer Stewart Bruerton, of
Amberley Beach, returned home
from the Australian Youth Olympic
Festival on Sunday with a silver
medal from the under-77kg class of
His father, Robbie Bruerton, said
it had been a very quick trip for
himself, his wife, and Stewart's
sister to the youth Olympics.
He was delighted with his son's
second placing in the event.
The 17-year-old weightlifter
equalled his own best with a clean
and jerk of 122 kilograms, but his
snatch of 98kg was a fraction short
of his best.
First place in his section of the
weightlifting went to a member of
the Oceania team.
The extreme heat may have wor-
ked to the advantage of the Pacific
Islands nations -- it was the hottest
day on record on Sunday in Sydney
-- but Stewart found the conditions
It was pretty warm there in Syd-
There was air conditioning in the
competition [venue] itself but there
was none in the warmup room, so I
was pretty hot.''
Leaving immediately after the
competition to return home had its
But I was able to show everybody
my medal straight away, which was
Stewart said he was happy with
his runner-up placing in the Youth
You go away to these inter-
national competitions and get a
runner-up position, so I'm quite
pleased with the result.''
Gamble comes fourth
in discus at Sydney
By PETER HIDE
STRONG MAN: Charlie Gamble of
Sefton who has returned from the
Sydney Youth Olympic Festival with a
4th placing in the discus
A TALENTED Sefton resident who was able
to attend the Australian Youth Olympic Fes-
tival through the generosity of the North
Canterbury community, has finished fourth
in his chosen field of discus throwing.
Charlie Gamble, aged 16, was selected to
attend the festival in Sydney as a represen-
tative of New Zealand and returned home on
He said he pulled out of the javelin event
which he had been also selected in, because
he didn't want to injure himself for the dis-
cus and because conditions were so hot in
It was stupidly hot there, like the inside
of a sauna.
The sweat was just pouring off us in the
bus to the competition.''
The strapping St Bede's College student
said he got his size and muscles from his
Tongan mother's side.
He has just been named a sports prefect
at his school so he will have to speak before
the assembled students when he returns for
his final year in a couple of weeks.
And he is disappointed he didn't get a
personal best at his sport.
It was so hot and I'd waited until 5.30pm
But my distance of 53.36 metres was well
short. Especially since I'd done 55.26 metres
a week before.
But it was a neat feeling, competing
there on the big stage and with all the New
Zealand team making a noise.''
His fourth placing was well short of the
distance thrown by a Queensland competi-
tor, Matt Denny -- a good mate of mine
actually'' -- who won the event with a throw
of 64 metres with a meeting record to boot.
The story Academy fights hall
Saturday's Northern Outlook
(Jan 19), incorrectly stated
that members of the North
Canterbury Academy of Music
(NCAM) would speak at a
Waimakariri District Council
meeting today. In fact it will
be members of the North
Canterbury Performance Arts
Centre Trust who will be
addressing the council about
the Rangiora Town Hall plans,
not the NCAM.
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