Otago sports figures will be far and wide this Christmas -
but they will all be dreaming of success in 2013. The
Otago Daily Times sports department asked some of them
these three questions:
1. Where will you be and what will you be doing for
2. What was your highlight of
3. What are your hopes for 2013?
Otago Cricket Association chief executive
1. ''I'll be at a beach called Omaha, which is north of
Auckland, having Christmas with my family. My third boy is
getting married on December 21 up there. I'm looking forward to
2. ''Having two children getting married, I'd say. They've
found partners who I think will be great.''
3. ''I think a title for the Volts, the Sparks and the
Southern Steel coach
1. ''We'll be at my sister's place for Christmas Day with
the family. Then we are going camping at Lake Ruataniwha with
family and friends.''
2. ''Obviously that first win against the Magic was pretty
cool for the Steel. But spending time in the Ferns
environment [assisting coach Wai Taumaunu] was good way to
finish the netball season for me.''
3. ''I'm looking forward to the Steel putting on some great
performances and winning some games.''
Highlanders first five-eighth
1. ''Back in Christchurch spending time with family.
Family lunch at my parents' house and dinner with my wife's
2. ''Getting married to my lovely wife, Emma, at the start of
the year and our honeymoon to Mexico in June.''
3. ''To get back playing injury-free rugby and win the Super
15 with the Highlanders.''
Otago Nuggets guard
1. ''I will be at my home in St Clair with my family. On
Christmas Day I'll be watching whatever sport is on - most
probably basketball of some kind.''
2. ''Good question. I couldn't even give you a corny answer.
I tend to think kids are a highlight when they are born. But
unless something is super special I don't think it is worthy
of a highlight. What would a highlight be?'
3. ''I would like to think we can get more wins. I'd like to
think we can get 10 to 12 wins.''
Otago Racing Club chief executive
1. ''I'll be in Wanaka with the family and I'll be doing
the form for the Wingatui Boxing Day meeting.''
2. ''Going to Royal Ascot and getting to watch Frankel and
Black Caviar; and the Cromwell meeting on December 2 was the
best I've been to in New Zealand.''
3. ''I'd like to see Cee Gee Jay, the horse I part-own, win
the Grand National Hurdles, and I'd like to see the Otago
Racing Club keep going the way it has been.''
Otago softball operations manager
1. ''I'm looking forward to spending a relaxing Christmas
at home with all of my family.''
2. ''My highlight for 2012 would be that Saturday we played
softball in sunshine! Seeing all the kids on the park always
brightens my day.''
3. ''My hope for 2013 is that we will see the Black Sox
regain the world title in March.''
World champion cyclist
1. ''Down at our family crib at Harington Point with our
family and Craig. It's going to be very relaxed and we will be
enjoying a roast lamb, a couple of Emersons and just enjoying
some down time after a full-on year.''
2. ''It's obviously been a big year when I have to say the
London Olympics were not my ultimate highlight. The Olympics
were amazing, but for me personally the highlight of the year
and my career so far was winning the world championships in
Melbourne in April. Craig was track-side calling my race, and
my family and friends were in the stands cheering me on. To
be able to stand on the top step of the podium and share the
win with them all was very special.''
3. ''Above all, a happy and healthy year and a nice sunny day
in January for our wedding would make the perfect start to
1. ''I will be in Wanaka with family. We have a big
breakfast about 9.30am and then open up presents. Then we have
a big feed of lamb, ham, potatoes, the works. Then might have a
bit of a lie down before we have the mandatory game of cricket
2. ''Playing 50 games for the Highlanders was pretty special,
and beating the Waratahs. But we had a pretty good start to
the Super 15, beating the Chiefs in Hamilton and then coming
back here and beating the Crusaders in our first game at the
3. ''One word - playoffs.''
Roxburgh standardbred trainer
1. ''We'll be at home with all the family. We've got
family from down south and Auckland coming down, but it'll be a
pretty relaxing day, with ham, roast beef, chicken and plenty
2. ''Pembrook's Delight winning the 4yr-old diamond division
at the Harness Jewels. That was an unbelievable feeling that
hasn't left us yet.''
3. ''We just want to continue winning races for our great
owners. Whether it's a maiden at Forbury Park, or the Harness
Jewels, we just love winning races for them.''
Bowls Dunedin president
1. ''My Christmas Day in Dunedin will begin with a
training session at the gym, followed by a visit to my garden
to take vegetables out to the family farm at Allanton. We will
have a traditional Christmas dinner of roast lamb, goose,
carrots and potatoes. It has been a family tradition since
2. ''My highlight of the year was to watch on television as
the New Zealand rowers won five medals at the London
Olympics. I was also proud of the Logan Park High School pair
of Jacobi Kohu-Morris and Callum Horwell, who retained their
New Zealand secondary schools title. From a personal view I
was proud to lose 15kg by going to the Body Synergy gym.''
3. ''Bowls has been affected by the downturn in the world
economy and there has been a 4.3% drop in membership each
year since 1981. My hope is to increase the grassroots
membership. The 8% who play competitive bowls are well looked
after but we must look after the 92% of grassroots bowlers
Athletics Otago life member and record steward
1. ''We will be spending Christmas Day with my husband
Graham's family at Naseby and will have another Christmas meal
at our holiday home at Clyde on Boxing Day. It will be a lazy
day for me. I like to sit down and do nothing.''
2. ''It was hard work but my highlight was to help stage the
New Zealand secondary schools athletics championships at the
Caledonian Ground when everything worked like clockwork.''
3. ''Next year I want to help Athletics Otago continue to
bring through young athletes to represent the province. It is
something we do well in Otago. I also want sprinters like
Usain Bolt to remain dominant on the international scene.''
ORFU general manager
1. ''Travelling down to Gore to have lunch with family.
Then probably some backyard cricket with the kids in the
2. ''That the board had the confidence in me to move my
secondment to be the permanent general manager. And the way
the community got behind Otago rugby and the fact the teams
have performed, right from the age-groups up to the ITM Cup
3. ''To build on what has been done in the past six to seven
months. A lot of hard work has been done but there is still
plenty more to be done.''
1. ''I'll be spending the morning and early afternoon
with family around Hamilton and Cambridge, then I will head to
Auckland to catch a plane to Nelson, then drive to Westport to
call the Boxing Day races.''
2. ''Getting to call I Can Doosit at Motukarara and Addington
3. ''Keep doing what I'm doing; keep improving and see where
it takes me, and keep calling good horses.''
Otago Boys' High School First XV coach
1. ''My Christmas Day ritual is to start the day with a
surf at Smaills Beach before taking my family to my mother's
place for a Christmas dinner that includes turkey.''
2. ''The Otago Boys' High School grand slam of six wins in
interschool games. It was very special for the school and has
only been done six times before. I was also pleased that the
First XV made the final of the national secondary schools
competition. It was only the second time in the school's
3. ''I want the First XV to show consistency and maintain its
place in the top bracket of New Zealand secondary school
rugby. I'd also like the Highlanders to do well and my
daughter Courtney to settle into her first year at Otago
Girls' High School.
Otago United coach
1. ''Touring through Singapore and Vietnam with family.''
2. ''The Olympic Games.''
3. ''That America finally adopts stricter gun laws and Otago
United live up to their potential.''