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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, JUNE 26, 2013
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will have their say about the
New Zealand Transport
Agency application to build
the Southern Motorway
stage 2 and the Main South
Rd four-laning, when hear-
ings start on July 1.
A total of 43 submissions
were made on the proposal,
with 44 per cent opposing --
at least in part -- the plan.
Having been deemed a
road of national significance,
the debate has been referred
to the Environmental Protec-
tion Agency, with hearings
scheduled for two weeks.
Most submitters are from
Weedons and Prebbleton,
and most issues concern indi-
vidual properties that will be
affected by the project.
Selwyn District Council
has misgivings about motor-
way off-ramps bringing traf-
fic on to Springs Rd and
It wants the ramps restric-
ted to freight vehicles only or
for remedial actions and im-
provements made to mitigate
adverse traffic effects.
The Prebbleton Com-
munity Association wants
them removed altogether.
The main reason for sup-
port of the overall project is
given as connectivity, to and
through the district, as well
as the port and Christchurch
South, and the improved
movement of freight.
Most opposing submissions
cite better alternatives''.
Some say the alignment of
the road that goes through
properties could be better
located elsewhere'', or that
the position of interchanges
needs further discussion''.
The hearing will be held at
the Riccarton Park Events
Centre, with a draft decision
report due on September 9,
and a final decision by
Rapid rise for Sophie
Young hockey star's career exceeds her dreams
By MAT KERMEEN
GERMANY BOUND: Lincoln's Sophie Cocks -- pictured playing for club side High School Old Boys -- is heading to
Germany for the under-21 world cup with the new junior Black Sticks.
JUST OVER 12 months ago, a
young hockey player who dreamed
of one day being a Canterbury Cat
was concentrating on playing her
best hockey for her school, St
One year on, Lincoln's Sophie
Cocks is preparing to head to
Germany on July 19 with the New
Zealand junior Black Sticks team,
for the under-21 world cup.
Her remarkable journey started
when she surprised everyone ---
including herself --- by success-
fully trialing for Canterbury's
senior women's team, the Cats,
Bursting onto the scene, Sophie
was soon an established player
and starred in the Cats' National
Hockey League final victory -- the
team's first championship in more
than a decade.
Her rapid rise has continued in
2013 and hit its highest point two
weeks ago, when she received an
email advising her of her junior
Black Sticks selection.
It's very exciting. I've never
been given the opportunity to do
something this cool before.''
The 18-year-old's ultimate goal
is now firmly focused on playing
for the Black Sticks at the 2016
After representing her country
in a junior Black Sticks qualifying
tournament in Australia earlier
this year, Sophie is addicted to
hearing the national anthem play
while wearing the black singlet.
It's the best feeling in the
world. It's awesome -- just such a
Adding to the pressure of hoc-
key, Sophie has been preparing
for exams. She is studying
towards a Bachelor of Business,
Commerce and Marketing at
The striker plays her club
hockey for High School Old
Boys and regularly trains
under the Canterbury-based
coach of the junior Black Sticks,
Leslie rates her highly and
believes she has a strong chance
to go on to higher honours.
Sophie is an extraordinary tal-
ent with an incredible work rate
and a never-say-die attitude.''
Leslie said that Sophie now has
a fantastic opportunity to impress
Black Sticks coach Mark Hager
will be at the tournament in an
observatory role, and Leslie is
also a national selector.
She does not know much about
the competition, but Sophie said
the junior Black Sticks team will
be giving it their all in an effort to
become world champions.
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