Eastern Courier : November 24th 2010
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Photo: JASON DORDAY Golf helps put kids on the right course By NICOLA WILLIAMS Inspiring values is the ultimate for a life skills programme based on golf. East Tamaki based charitable trust The First Tee is marking five years of work in New Zealand. Mentors go into schools and run after- school programmes to engage children in games as a way of teach- ing nine core values including honesty, res- ponsibility and respect. The kids are having fun learning how to chip and putt but they are actually learning life skills,'' executive director Philippa King says. She says there is a lot that can be translated from the golf course into life. Golf is different from other sports, there are no referees, it's non contact and non aggressive. There is a lot of eti- quette in the game like giving your opponent the honour of going first at the next hole if they have won the previous hole, presenting yourself well by wearing collared shirts, and behaving well. We teach kids how to set goals, how to control their emotions, how to conduct themselves with honour,'' Mrs King says. The First Tee focuses on low decile schools because they work on the philosophy that finances shouldn't be a barrier to playing golf. Parents report huge positive empowerment in children. The First Tee chief executive Joe Louis Bar- row Jr, son of boxing legend Joe Louis, joined local staff at Wymondley Rd Primary School recently. Mr Louis became a campaigner for diversity in golf after experiencing racial discrimination on American golf courses. Mr Barrow's leader- ship has brought about significant growth in the youth development initiative since it was launched, now reaching 3.5 million participants. First Tee is planning to reach more of the country. Go to www.thefirst teenz.org. Study aids stroke recovery It's an exciting time for stroke therapy in New Zealand and an Auck- land scientist is leading the way. Cathy Stinear is a neuroscientist at Auck- land Hospital. She studies and tests what forms of treatment aid stroke recovery and rehabilitation. After a stroke, the brain recovers its ability to do things that are initially quite diffi- cult,'' Dr Stinear says. The brain does this through a process called plasticity -- it makes new connections between surviving cells. Dr Stinear and her team think they can boost the plasticity to help stroke victims re- learn faster. They are working on two clinical trials to achieve this. One is a non-invasive brain stimulation that uses weak magnetic fields. Dr Stinear says this technique is particu- larly exciting and is funded by the Neuro- logical Foundation. We are priming the brain for a better response to therapy.'' Patients receive the safe and painless mag- netic priming tech- nique every day for two weeks to activate the stroke side of the brain. This is followed by physiotherapy. The study is going for another 18 months and is based at Auck- land University's Tamaki campus. She says thousands of people have strokes every year. Our research gives people every oppor- tunity to recover as fast as they can.'' Dr Stinear came to work on stroke re- habilitation gradually. She left high school half way through year 13 and grew up a bit'' before heading to uni- versity at age 23. She completed a sci- ence degree in physi- ology and psychology, where she was first introduced to the brain. Once I started on the brain, I was hooked. I love how there are so many things about the brain that we'll never know. There is a lot of mys- tery.'' She likes the idea that the brain might always stay out of reach''. She enjoys the work she does on stroke rehabilitation -- mainly because she gets to work with the people who will benefit from the research. Dr Stinear completed a doctorate in neuro- science before taking her first job working on a clinical trial on movement after stroke. She won a best doc- toral thesis award from the Auckland Univer- sity in 2004 and last year received an Early Career Research Excel- lence Award. Dr Stinear is still looking for stroke patients to take part in the two clinical trials. Call 923-3779 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. nz for information.
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