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Canoe polo medal beckons
PADDLE FERN: Olivia Spencer-Bower gets in the midst of the action in canoe polo.
MULTI-TALENTED ATHLETE: Olivia Spencer-Bower at home
after the Coast to Coast.
MULTI-TALENTED Rolleston ath-
lete Olivia Spencer-Bower will be
taking on the world's best in canoe
polo next month, having already left
the New Zealand winter for warm-up
events in Europe.
The 25-year-old photographer,
who took second place in the two-day
section of the Coast to Coast earlier
this year, is part of the Paddle Ferns
-- ranked fourth in the world -- who
will compete in the sport's world
championships in Poznan, Poland,
from September 5. She is the only
South Islander in the team of seven.
With the earthquake-damaged
QEII pool out of action, she had to
endure a harsh winter of training,
which included paddling on a lake
which was at times surrounded by
snow and the water not much
warmer than freezing''.
Europe will be a welcome
reprieve,'' Spencer-Bower said.
The Paddle Ferns start their cam-
paign with two build-up compe-
titions in Belgium on the way to
At the world champs they face the
United States, Canada, Denmark
and Australia in pool play.
After narrowly missing out on a
medal at the 2010 world champion-
ships, finishing fourth, the team has
put in a lot of hard work over the
past two years and is really excited
to see that hard work pay off,'' she
Follow the Paddle Ferns at face-
It's an open and shut case in Selwyn
WHEN ONE door shuts another
swings open in Selwyn.
The Selwyn District Council closed
the Springfield public toilets last
Thursday after it was found they did
not meet the building code.
The West Melton Community Hall
was closed the week before for the
same reason on the advice of engin-
eers, but will reopen after strength-
ening work to brace the eastern wall
and a section of the northern wall.
Council asset property co-
ordinator Karen Bartlett said the
toilets were only slightly damaged in
the Canterbury earthquakes, but
they did not meet 33 per cent of the
As the toilets are used by hun-
dreds of tourists every week, the
council had hired portable toilets.
A project to build new toilets will
now be given higher priority, she
Passengers lucky to
survive trailer collision
A DRIVER will be charged after his
trailer came loose on Akaroa High-
way on Sunday afternoon. It
triggered a chain of events that
wrote off one car and damaged a fol-
Senior Constable Jim Manning
said had the trailer hit a motor bike
there would have been dead people
The Akaroa driver, who had no
warrant of fitness and no regis-
tration, was towing his trailer near
Robinsons Bay when the couplings
came loose and it hit a small Suzuki
car which was then rammed by a
The driver, aged in his 70s, faces a
count of careless use of a vehicle --
among other offences.
The Suzuki was a write off. Its
occupants miraculously escaped
injury and were driven by police
back to Christchurch.
The incident happened at 3.30pm.
The event should serve notice to
other motorists to ensure their trail-
ers are up to standard.
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