Franklin County News : December 5th 2013
■THURSDAY DECEMBER 5, 2013. • 217 KING STREET, PUKEKOHE www.franklincountynews.co.nz MAKING WAVES First Fulton Cup a success P70 NEW PATH FOR SPORT STUDENTS Learning partners 72 AUDITED NET CIRCULATION 28,520 COPIES JOIN US ON FACEBOOK Go to facebook.com/ FranklinCountyNews ‘Relaxed and friendly regatta’ lowers its oars Mercer Rowing Club is preparing for the annual Mercer Regatta this weekend – and it has a secret weapon. On Tuesday members of the club were treated to tips from the Auckland – which covers to Mercer to Northland – regional performance coach, James Coote. Coote coached the under 23 women’s squad to fourth at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in 2011 and hoped he could impart his wisdom on the young rowers. ‘‘We’ll talk about training and technique and spend a bit of time on the water. Hopefully things they can put into practice this weekend, at champs and at the Maadi Cup.’’ Coote said he would be attending the regatta and was looking forward to it. ‘‘I want to see some top rowing and hopefully some good results from Mercer on their home water and to see the standards of rowers looking at 2020 (Olympics) in Tokyo.’’ Club member Janice Birch said it would be a great event. ‘‘We have a reputation that we are the most relaxed and friendly regatta, so that’s a nice reputation to have. People enter the competition from as far as Rotorua and Tauranga,’’ she said. Racing on the Waikato River begins at 8.30am on Saturday and runs until late afternoon. TOP TIPS: Regional performance coach James Coote, left, shares some secrets with Aidan Simmons, Taylor Herangi, Mark Goulstone and Bruno Dawson for this Saturday’s annual regatta at Mercer. Bombay principal to depart in style By NATALIE POLLEY In 18 years, Bombay School principal Barrie Duckworth has seen a lot of change. He’s seen the school’s roll grow from 172 pupils to 370 and he’s seen the introduction of new technology – but his passion for the school has remained. Mr Duckworth will retire at the end of the year and said he felt now was the right time. ‘‘I’ve worked hard and employed the right people and utilised my strengths,’’ he said. ‘‘I want to go out on top.’’ Mr Duckworth said he found the ENDOF ERA: Bombay School principal Barrie Duckworth is retiring at the end of the year. The school will hold a farewell barbecue for Mr Duckworth on December 12 from 5.30pm till 8pm. school to be a special place from the start – when he took over as principal in May 1995. He came from Maramarua School, although he is originally from Gisborne. ‘‘I started at Ardmore, then went home to Gisborne. But I married a Pukekohe girl so that is how I ended up back in the area – at Puni School actually,’’ he said. As a keen sportsman, Mr Duckworth said he wanted to build a school that was strong in sport. He is particularly passionate about rugby, swimming and lifesaving. ‘‘We’ve had a culture of being strong in sport and outdoor education. ‘‘The achievements of the kids have been special and people have wanted to come to the school as we have been successful in all sorts of sports, as well as Mathex.’’ A highlight for Mr Duckworth has been attending many school camps. ‘‘That classes knew they didn’t go on a camp without Mr D going with them,’’ he said. Although he will retire from his pos- ition at the end of the year, Mr Duckworth said he was keen to remain involved in the school. ‘‘I want to retain my commitment to the school. ‘‘I will help at calf club day, coach the boys’ cricket and provide transport,’’ he said. Mr Duckworth said he was grateful for the support he had received over the years. ‘‘We have a really supportive com- munity here and I’ve had a great board of trustees to work with.’’ The school and Bombay Lions will hold a farewell barbecue for Mr Duckworth at the school on December 12 from 5.30pm till 8pm.
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