Franklin County News : October 2nd 2014
■THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 2014. • 217 KING STREET, PUKEKOHE SIGNING OFF New world of retirement beckons 3 www.franklincountynews.co.nz JOCKEY SCHOOL Apprentices put through paces 64&65 AUDITED NET CIRCULATION 31,150 COPIES JOIN US ON FACEBOOK Go to facebook.com/ FranklinCountyNews Nia and dear RESTING PEACEFULLY: Kullen Montgomery snuggles up to his calf Nia who takes a break at Buckland School’s Agricultural Day on Saturday. ‘‘She’s the first calf I’ve ever had and she is always so funny and lovely,’’ Kullen said. A few schools throughout the area held their calf club days on the weekend before the school holidays with the next batch due to be held in mid-October. More calf club photos on P8,9& 61. Photo: NATALIE POLLEY Swinging record official By SHAUN EADE As Tuakau’s Aimee Pivott prepares to celebrate the first anniversary of her marathon fundraising swing last year, she can do so knowing she is an official Guinness World Record holder. But gaining that title for her achievement almost proved more difficult than the swing itself. She added one hour to the pre- vious world record last year as she swung for 32 hours two minutes and three seconds as part of a fund raiser for a liberty wheelchair swing in Pukekohe. When the footage was sent over to corroborate her feat a series of video playback issues at Guinness World Records headquarters in England looked to have prevented her record from being made official. With the video only seeming to play on one of her laptops, she ended up having to send the entire computer to England so it could be verified. She said it was a challenging time. ‘‘In March we found out that everything we sent over, they were having trouble checking the data because of the security software. ‘‘I did not think it was going to go through purely because I had to send the laptop and I did not know if it was going to be working when it got there and they had to follow all these instructions to put it together. ‘‘Because it is a little tiny note- book, they had to go through 32 hours of it.’’ Erin Todd, who started the record attempt on a swing alongside her but had to pull out with an injury, received confirmation of the record last week. She did not tell Pivott until her colleagues and family were there to surprise her. She said she was proud that her RECORD HOLDER: Tuakau’s Aimee Pivott celebrates the official recognition of her world record swinging marathon with husband Shaun and friend Erin Todd. friend had finally received the recognition she deserved. ‘‘It has been a long time coming,’’ she said. Pivott was overwhelmed when she heard the news. ‘‘For them to put it through, it is amazing,’’ she said. ‘‘With the fractures on my pel- vis, I was at the stage of really wanting to get [the record] through because of everything I went through. I was almost going to fly over there with my data and show it to them.’’ A year on from the swing, she has only just been able to start short runs three times a week. It will be another year before she is able to run normally. She said without the support of Todd, Michele Harland, Rebecca Banks and all her other helpers, she would not have broken the record. ‘‘No words can express how grateful I am to have had such amazing people support me.’’ The liberty swing was officially opened at the Wellington St Reserve, Pukekohe last month.
September 30th 2014