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Nonagenarian gets to work
FAMILY EFFORT: Lew Blatch, his son, grandson and great-grandson all played a part in the Waimakariri Gorge Golf Club's new gateway.
resident and World War II vet-
eran Lew Blatch only recently
gave up his golf after enjoying the
sport for more than five decades.
However, his retirement hasn't
kept him away from the Waima-
kariri Gorge Golf Club, where he
has invested hours helping out as
a volunteer over the years. What's
more, the club now has a new
entranceway, thanks to the efforts
of this active nonagenarian.
Lew decided earlier this year
that it was time the club's gates
were spruced up and the idea
became a family effort spanning
Lew did the planning and
offered a donation towards the
project. His son, Alf, did the exca-
vation that was required and
grandson Terry was the builder on
the job. To round things out, Lew's
great-grandson, Walter, cut the
ribbon at the official May 14 open-
ing, cheered on by a large turnout
of the club's golfing community.
Coppins' race date
'not a comeback'
RACING AGAIN: Former international racer Josh Coppins, pictured leading the
Motocross World Championships in Europe in 2007, will be in action at Waipara this
Photo Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
By ANDY McGECHAN
FORMER KIWI motocross inter-
national Josh Coppins will be getting
on his bike again for this weekend's
Michael Godfrey Memorial
Motocross at Waipara.
The 36-year-old, from Motueka,
retired from fulltime professional
racing at the end of last season, and
switched his attentions to mentoring
young riders, as well as managing
the JCR Yamaha Racing team in
With two of the teams' riders
unavailable to race and another mov-
ing up a class, he will be stepping
into the breach on an MX1 bike.
This is the biggest race in the
South Island and I really wanted
Yamaha to be represented there,''
Coppins said. This was a big event
for me when I was growing up.''
The Waipara race had been a great
place to hone his skills before head-
ing off to tackle, and frequently beat,
the world's elite.
This is definitely not a comeback,''
he stressed, but it does work in well
with what I've been doing lately --
testing bikes for Yamaha in Europe.
Having been a professional ath-
lete for so many years, I know that
you get out what you put in, but I
don't expect to win this weekend.''
Coppins won numerous national
and international titles in a long and
illustrious career which also saw him
twice finish runner-up and twice
third in the world motocross cham-
pionships, in a Grand Prix career
spanning nearly two decades.
GOOD WIN: Mairi Law comes home first in the intermediate girls.
CLOSE RUN: Fergus Eglesfield came eighth in the intermediate boys for
Photos David Eglesfield
RANGIORA HIGH School's
Mairi Law displayed determi-
nation and strength to head the
field in the intermediate girls
section at the Canterbury Secon-
dary School Cross Country
Championships at Halswell
Quarry on Tuesday.
On a day which started with
sunshine but turned to sleet,
hail and snow, Law started near
the rear of the field and quickly
worked her way through to the
The front bunch of five, which
included schoolmate Hannah
Brotheridge, started to splinter
up the final climb with Law
waiting until the final 800m to
pounce and take the lead to
finish well clear in the 3km
Brotheridge hung on for third
with track runner Chelsea
Brown finishing a creditable
15th for Rangiora.
Earlier the Under-14 Ran-
giora girls ran strongly as a
team, improving on their plac-
ings at the Canterbury Secon-
dary School Road Champs two
Ruby Spark led the charge in
12th followed home by Imi
Eglesfield 13th, Sophie Glover
14th and Kate Campbell 41st.
The sole Rangiora High entrant
in the junior girls race was
Tamsyn Rees finishing 33rd.
In the intermediate boys
Fergus Eglesfield improved on
his performance at the road
champs finishing eighth in a
very strong Intermediate Boys
field. The school also had two
entrants in the junior boys race
with Reuben Graham 26th and
Thomas Reynolds 48th.
The event was a final prep-
aration race for the athletes
before competing at the New
Zealand Secondary School Cross
Country at Halswell Quarry on
June 15 with fields of more than
100 in each race.
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