Eastern Courier : April 22nd 2011
8 EASTERN COURIER, APRIL 22, 2011 NEWS Flying high with grace and courage By MATT BOWEN Backflip: Aiden Starke leaps into a daring somersault. Perfect pike: Alyosha Yachine, 17, shows the form that helped Macleans College come third at the Auckland Secondary School Champs in West Auckland. Stylish: Macleans College student Aidan Starke, 15, shows off his diving skills. Eyes on the prize: Clayton Stocker, 15, warms up for the main event. Photos: FIONA GOODALL Ten weeks training was all it took for Macleans College students to claim third place overall in the Auckland secondary school diving championships. The event at Waitakere s West Wave Aquatic Centre attracted some 80 competi- tors from across the region. Auckland diving head coach Aurelie Gibson says the team did fantastically well. The handful of competitors from east Auckland learnt the ropes over 10 one-hour sessions at Panmure pool during term one. Dean Elliot impressed in the junior boys coming first while Jessie Yan managed eighth out of 28. In the intermediate boys Clayton Stocker came second, Aiden Starke was third fol- lowed by Sam James in fourth place and Angela Chen was ninth in the intermediate girls. In the seniors Charlotte Chen was seventh best girl while Alyosha Yachine dived into third place for the boys. In the team event the jun- ior and intermediate divers placed second while the senior team came third. The school s overall third placing is amazing , Gibson says. Some of them came in with previous athletic ability and so they very quickly were able to obtain some more dif- ficult directions in diving. But some of them came in with very little previous ath- letic ability. What they achieved in that 10 weeks was great -- lots of courage and guts. Everyone had some good wipeouts and they just kept at it. Ms Gibson says some Macleans students are keen to keep training in term two. Brothers take to the road together thanks to TravelWise Winners: Brothers Renesh Dayah, 7, left, and Jaymal, 10, won a $500 bike through a Travelwise Week competition. Photo: KRISTINA RAPLEY Hitting the pavements after school is now a whole lot more fun for brothers Renesh and Jaymal Dayah. They entered a compe- tition during TravelWise Week last month and won a $500 bike from Auckland Transport. They only had one bike between them so they are now enjoying riding together. The competition was open to all school students taking part in TravelWise activities with their schools. Answering the questions about sustainable travel options proved easy as the boys were learning about sustainability and being travel wise at Pigeon Moun- tain School. They also had to chart their progress during the course of the week to show they had walked, cycled, carpooled or taken the bus, train or a scooter to and from school each day. Their entry was drawn as the winner for the south region. The brothers walk to school every day because it s fun , Renesh says. Father Jeff Dayah says this was the first big prize the boys have ever won. They have been doing a lot of riding after school and they are keen cyclists. It s really good and they enjoy being healthy and keeping fit. Visit www.travelwise. org.nz for more information about being travel wise.
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