King's High School principal Dan Reddiex has learned
the hard way that he is no longer one of the boys.
The 41-year-old received several fractured ribs and a
collapsed lung after colliding with a goalkeeper while
playing football last weekend and has spent the past week on
While he was in considerable pain yesterday, he said his
pride was in a much worse state.
''I was playing sport like a young man when I am clearly
not,'' he conceded.
He spent a night under observation at Dunedin Hospital.
Mr Reddiex had recently returned to King's after spending 10
weeks on a Woolf Fisher Fellowship
in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States,
examining different teaching practices.
He said the beauty of the technological age was he had been
able to continue some school work while lying horizontal in
his armchair trying to alleviate the pain from his recent
Mr Reddiex planned to be back on deck at school fulltime
And although he was feeling his age, he had not been deterred
from playing football and hoped to be back on the sports
field by the end of the year.