What people don't realize is that families are the support
for the person with a disability, as formal supports can be
left wanting. I have worked in the Health and Disability
Field for nearly 20 years and I can say that families are
underrated and not supported well. The person with a
disability is part of a family unit and the whole family
needs to be supported, in order for them to keep supporting
their family member. I'm happy to say that these people have
now had free transport from the pool this afternoon, and to
and from the Edgar Centre for the Closing Ceremony tonight.
Mornington Tavern have generously provided a free roast meal
for them tonight - they were picked up at their
accomodation and taken there for this.
Thanks for your fine efforts for Otago. Now, can we please
get rid of Jamie Joseph. Rugby at the super level is a lot
about man management skills. There seems to be a lot of proof
that he doesn't have any.
It is clear that the Highlanders franchise has internal
problems which will continue into next season. Why on earth
has Jamie Joseph still got a job? Disgruntled players, poor
results, and no sign of better things to come. I cannot think
of any professional sport or franchise which would continue
the tenure of a coach with such a poor record.
Best of luck to young Grant. Even in times of great adversity
and disappointment he carried himself with great grace and
led Otago from the front. Otago can't afford to lose players
like this. In any sphere of work who would say 'don't come
monday' to a young person? first Weber now Grant, who's next?
Sort out your culture you guys, treat these young people with
I couldn't agree more, Alistair. Unless Otago sports
administrators are prepared to fight the South's case
vigorously there will be less and less national competition
in Dunedin. Athletics NZ cites financial reasons for its
decision to restrict future NZ Track & Field
Championships to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch (read
Auckland and Wellington for the forseeable future). Financial
reasons for whom? What they mean is that northern athletes
are not prepared to pay or fund-raise to travel to Dunedin.
So, Southern athletes (and in recent years athlete numbers
have been greater in the south, proportionate to population)
have to do all the paying and fund-raising if they wish to
compete at the national level. The Otago centre has
demonstrated repeatedly in recent years that it has the
facilities, expertise, enthusiasm and community support to
stage national events superior in quality to almost any held
further north. No point sitting around in the Octagon
whinging about it. Otago officials need to enlist the support
of Sport Otago, Dunedin City, the ODT and anyone else who can
help, get up to Auckland and make even more noise than you
say Mont Poulter did all those years ago.
The consequences of failing to act now will be a decline in
the track & field resurgence which has been evident in
the years since Sport Otago initiated the Sportsforce
programme and the new Caledonian Ground was established. The
clock will be set back 20 years.
In fact I wish I had put money on it. I watched the Lennox
fight and said David would lose that. I also commented to a
good friend on Friday, not to be surprised to hear Tua
announce retirement within days after he loses this one.
The Stadium is not responsible in itself for low motel/hotel
occupancy. The high kiwi dollar is not helping nor is the
tough economic situation in Europe. If tourist providers were
relying on the stadium for regular business they would all be
broke by now. Like it or not the promises made re the stadium
and what it would do for the local economy have not
eventuated and probably never will.