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Why it's not all bleak
for the World Cup 27
Patrick skates to world champs
By MARY-ANNE THOMSON
Get your skates on: Emma Patrick,
centre, will represent New Zealand at
the world championships in Brazil.
Also pictured are Sarah-Jane Jones,
left, and Emma Hazelwood.
Weltec beauty student Emma
Patrick has been named in the New
Zealand team for the world artistic
rollerskating championships in
Brazil in November.
It will be the third time Patrick,
18, has represented New Zealand at
world level in her strongest skating
discipline -- figures.
She has also contested junior
international freeskating events at
In her first year world champion-
ship, in Germany in 2009, Patrick
placed in the top half of the junior
women s figures field.
Of course I would like to win
junior figures at world s, but I d be
pleased with a top 10 placing, she
The figures fields are generally
the largest of any of the disciplines,
so getting into the top 10 would be
very good going.
Having won the Oceania and
national junior figures champion-
ships for the past three years and
the senior women s international
grade in her first year, Patrick is
looking forward to the increased
competition at the world s.
It is competition that motivates
me to train to become a better
skater, she said.
Patrick trains on skates five days
a week, as well as going to the gym.
She also works one weekend day
a week at East Day Spa, coaches
young skaters at the Upper Hutt
Rollerskating Club and studies
fulltime at Weltec -- so life is full-on.
Unfortunately I will not be able
to stay on and watch the senior
level competition at world s, as I
need to get back to New Zealand to
sit exams, she said.
My lead-up to world s will be
very busy due to my study and
Wellingtonian Raewyn Hailes is
the sole coach of the team to Brazil.
Coach looks to break Auckland's stranglehold
New challenge: Matt Calcott has
taken over as Team Wellington
By RODNEY BROWN
New Team Wellington coach Matt
Calcott is looking local to break
the Auckland monopoly in this
season s ASB football premier-
Despite having made the play-
offs the past four seasons, Wel-
lington is yet to win the compe-
tition, which starts on October 23.
Calcott, 37, has replaced Stu
Jacobs, who has been named head
coach of Manawatu.
The former Miramar Rangers
and Western Suburbs coach said
there was enough local talent, but
the challenge would be convincing
players to commit to the
We have enough footballers in
Wellington to be successful,
Whether those players put
their names forward is another
thing. That has been a problem in
the past -- the best players have
not always been available.
Part of the difficulty retaining
and recruiting the best players
was the attraction and the buying
power of the two teams who have
dominated the league since it
began in 2004 -- Auckland City
and Waitakere United.
Those teams offer players a
good chance to compete in the
Oceania champions league, the
reward for teams finishing in the
top two of the premiership.
Auckland and Waitakere have
won the Oceania champions
league in recent years and gained
qualification to the Fifa World
When a New Zealand team
qualifies for the world event, it is
rewarded with 35 per cent plus
$US50,000 of $US500,000.
The rest of the money is split
between New Zealand Football
--15 per cent -- and the other seven
ASB premiership sides.
Team Wellington general man-
ager Shaun Gill said the Oceania
champions league was something
Wellington would like to be part
It s very hard to break into.
Auckland and Waitakere have
had a stranglehold over the last
few years, he said.
It will be a difficult but achiev-
able target for Team Wellington
Calcott said the potential was
there to qualify for the Oceania
league and it would help the club
attract players, but he did not
expect instant success.
We want players who will buy
into what we want to achieve,
with a view to qualifying within
the next couple of years.
While attracting and retaining
players to Team Wellington has
been a problem previously, this
season might be different, if
Calcott s history is anything to go
by.After a successful stint as head
coach at Western Suburbs, which
included two central league titles
plus a Chatham Cup title as
assistant coach, he moved to
Miramar Rangers, with several
players following him.
The players loyalty paid off
when Miramar won the 2010
Calcott ended his time with
Miramar Rangers by guiding the
team to the central league title
with a victory over Chatham Cup
winners Wairarapa United.
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