Franklin County News : August 21st 2014
■THURSDAY AUGUST 21, 2014. • 217 KING STREET, PUKEKOHE The perfect score www.franklincountynews.co.nz AUDITED NET CIRCULATION 31,150 COPIES MATHSWHIZZKIDS: Waiau Pa pupils, from left, Sharon Wessels, Ryan Michie, Troy Houston, Taineara Eden and Zac Perkin celebrate after winning the year six and below category in this year’s ASB Mathex, for Franklin Primary Schools competition. They scored a perfect 100, well within the time limit. For other winners and full report turn to P3. Photo: NATALIE POLLEY Physio ready to do her bit By BRIAR HUBBARD There’s nothing like international rivalry and next month a Pukekohe woman will be in the thick of it. Susie Pirret is the physiotherapist for the Surf Life Saving New Zealand high performance squad, which will compete at the world life saving championships, Rescue 2014, in France. The team are the reigning champions after they won the biennial competition for the first time in 14 years in 2012. Pirret said she was going to do everything she could to ensure the athletes were fit and strong, so they could defend their title against nearly 50 teams. ‘‘Physios are in the back- ground trying to keep everything going. ‘‘We are managing the little things and doing what we can to support the athletes to achieve what we are going there to achieve, which is to get that cup back.’’ She had confidence the 12-strong team could bring home the bacon. ‘‘The Aussies will come back hard, they don’t like to lose. We’ve got a big task on our hands, but that’s the goal.’’ Pirret, of Pukekohe, has been a physiotherapist for four-anda-half years and has been a member of Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service since 1996, where she is a committee member and instructor. She said since she was offered the role for the high performance team’s physiotherapist, she had been living the dream. ‘‘To get a national sports team is your aim, you never take it for granted – it’s the pinnacle for me. ‘‘My interest in surf life saving is like the All Blacks (for rugby fans) for me. ‘‘I enjoy the team environ- ment, they create such a cool culture and we are a tight-knit group.’’ So tight-knit in fact, that everyone in the team would be counted on to do various jobs. ‘‘We don’t have a massive entourage like the All Blacks. We could be peeling potatoes, doing ice baths, taking athletes to appointments – you’ve got to be prepared to do anything.’’ Being the team’s physiotherapist is a thrilling job for Pirret. ‘‘I like the challenge, you are under the pump, have coaches to answer to and you have to do everything now, now, now. ‘‘I co-ordinate things, whether athletes need scans, strength programmes, or I put them in the right direction of nutrition.’’ She has been with the team for three years, after she was put forward for the job by someone she had previously worked with. ‘‘It was my goal and it kind of landed on my plate – I was very, very lucky,’’ she said. Rescue 14 runs from September 13 to 26. ‘Call your local heat pump experts for an obligation free quote’ ENJOY WARMTH THIS WINTER! 6253746AA Call or email now to get your obligation free quote on 09 238 1981 firstname.lastname@example.org visit www.precisionheatpumps or nz r back installations. Conditions may apply. $1800.00 incl GST* *All prices are based on direct back to Top Brands. Fully installed from BRING IT BACK: Susie Pirret is the physiotherapist for the Surf Life SavingNew Zealand high performance squad. Here Pirret holds the vest she was awarded in 2012 when theNew Zealand team won the world life saving championships.
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