Bryce Abernethy is only 19 but has earned a trial in the U23
team - and at the champs has won a Gold medal in the double
sculls and silver in the quadruple sculls - somehow he has
never been a huge feature in any rowing articles despite
having better results than many, so keep an eye on him as
he's a great boy and really deserving of his succeses and
let's hope you get many more opportunities to write up about
his future rowing career.
QsRC: fortunately your 'analogous' work activities are
A rugby player is required to tackle the opposing players. A
forestry worker isn't expected to fell trees by tackling
them. Likewise, offshore fishermen don't deliberately jump
into the sea to catch fish or pilots deliberately crash
planes as part of ensuring a good customer experience.
Workplaces are required to reduce risk oif injury. Obviously
contact sports like rugby would find that difficult but there
are ways. We only have to look at how rucking and scrummaging
rules reduced neck injuries.
I like the idea of padding the players because Dunedin
ratepayers have provided financial padding for rugby for
quite some time (puts tongue in cheek).
Albert: it probably depends on how the forestry workers are
paid - if they're independent contractors, not formal
employees, they'll get a direct levy, if they're employees
their employer will be responsible for the levy.
If ACC is sharing the risk appropriately then they should be
taking in enough money to cover their costs - being a rugby
entertainer is just another job after all. If the rest of us
are subsidising rugby players and jockeys (the others in the
high risk sports pool) they should simply raise the rates
until they do. This is the sort of thing that should be an
insurance company's bread and butter.
Very interesting, Mike. Forestry workers pay ACC levies.
Arent these players paid? To a Coaster, 'rugby' doesnt have
'sweetheart' deals, or play friendlies. Yes, I do think the
universality of the current system is unsustainable and that
workplace injury, including at home, should take funding
Albert: it shouldn't matter - ACC is an insurance scheme -
workplace accidents are paid for by employer levies which are
periodically tweaked to cover the corporation's liability -
if lots of professional rugby players are having workplace
injuries their rates will go up - currently they're in the
919 high risk levy group, the ACC dropped their rate for this
year by ~20% - are you suggesting that somehow rugby is
getting a sweetheart deal from the ACC?
All the injury treatments are covered by ACC, which is a kick
in the guts, Trev, for the cash conscious Corporation. I know
nothing of rugby injuries, but if players get out of
condition in the off season, they are bound to sustain