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Selwyn signs top coach
By MAT KERMEEN
Pascoe's coach to work with Selwyn swimmers
SUPER COACH: Sophie Pascoe's
coach, Rolly Creighton, has been
announced head swim coach for the
Selwyn Aquatic Centre.
PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
THEY ARE two weeks from hit-
ting the water but Selwyn swim-
mers have just scored a major
Selwyn Aquatic Centre facility
manager Kathy Moore announced
at Wednesday's council meeting
that she had secured the services
of prominent swim coach Rolly
Mr Creighton is best known for
his role as coach of New Zealand's
golden girl of the pool, Sophie
Pascoe, but has experience train-
ing around the globe.
Mr Creighton said the oppor-
tunity to become swim coach at
the Selwyn Aquatic Centre was a
The chance to work out of a
new, top class'' facility in an
exciting growth area that aligned
with his commitments to coach
Canterbury-based Pascoe until
the 2016 Rio Olympics was too
good to turn down.
Given the high numbers
already registered for swim
schools at the new pool, Mr
Creighton said it was encouraging
to think of the potential he will be
It's very exciting, to be starting
from scratch and working with so
many new people.''
With the coach on board, the
obvious question for the people of
Selwyn was would Pascoe be
training out of Rolleston?
Ms Moore said she hoped the
star swimmer would train at the
pool at least one or twice or week.
It would be absolutely great if
we could have role models at the
Selwyn Aquatic Centre that young
swimmers could inspire to.''
Mr Creighton was noncommit-
tal, but confirmed Pascoe would
spend time at the pool, though
more likely for recovery sessions
rather than full-on training.
When quizzed about other high
profile swimmers training in
Selwyn, Mr Creighton said he is
not actively pursing anyone.
It is not about a big fish chang-
ing to another pond, it's about
what we can produce for the
future from what we have here.''
Watching a young Johnny or
Mary push off from the wall on
their own for the first time . . .
that's what it's all about.''
Coaching Pascoe means Mr
Creighton will need to travel over-
seas, but he was looking forward
to almost six months at home, up
Both Ms Moore and Mr Creigh-
ton confirmed the coaching role
would be very hands on''.
He will be writing programmes,
teaching classes and advising
By ANNA PRICE
MORE THAN half of all crashes
on Selwyn roads in the past five
winters were because of loss of
control on straight roads, startling
new figures show.
Another 25 per cent of crashes
occurred in wet conditions and 18
per cent in icy conditions.
Selwyn District Council road
safety co-ordinator Ngaire Tin-
ning said 324 crashes on Selwyn
roads from 2008-12 happened
from June to the end of August.
Winter brings more challeng-
ing driving conditions, including
rain, fog, ice on the roads and
often snow,'' Mrs Tinning said.
Shorter daylight hours and
often poor visibility during morn-
ing and evening rush hours raised
the stakes, she said.
Driving behaviour plays a big
part in safety during winter. On
wet, slippery, roads driving too
fast can easily lead to a crash,
especially on bends.''
Drivers should slow down and
adjust their driving to more
dangerous conditions, he said.
Many Selwyn people reported
seeing drivers not using their
lights in rain and fog. Others were
observing cars passing them at
speed -- including on roads where
there was not enough visibility to
Selwyn roading contractors will
be watching many roads this win-
ter for icy conditions and laying
grit to give more traction.
Motorists still need to be very
careful, even if roads are covered
with grit, because there is only a
40 per cent improvement in skid
resistance,'' Mrs Tinning said.
Winter driving does not have
to be dangerous or intimidating.''
Leaving five minutes earlier
than normal, defrosting a vehicle
and checking the tyres are in good
condition would guarantee a
much safer journey''.
Meanwhile, Selwyn council is
providing motorists in the district
with free windscreen cloths. These
are available from all council
library/service centres. Ice scra-
pers would also be available soon.
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