Manukau Courier : February 8th 2011
27 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 8, 2011 NEWS Top marks for teacher Coastie: Teacher William Pickering from Otahuhu College will be competing in the Coast to Coast this week. By TUREI MACKEY There s a saying William Pickering likes to teach his students. Mauri ora -- live life. And that s just what the Otahuhu College teacher will be doing when he competes in the 29th Coast to Coast race on February 11 and 12. The Coast to Coast is con- sidered one of the toughest multisport events in the world with the course spanning 243km. The two-day competition will see Mr Pickering run, cycle and kayak his way from Kumara Beach on the West Coast of the South Island to Sumner Beach in Christchurch. The Te Atatu resident hopes to achieve the feat in 17 hours. Mr Pickering says the main reason for doing the endurance competition is to keep himself motivated. The 42-year-old has been training for his first Coast to Coast for nearly a year -- even putting in 10 hours of training in one day. Recently I did two hours of cycling and six hours of running in the Waitakere Ranges and finished the day off with another two hours of running, he says. The running is what I am working on so my body knows what to expect. The race has come at a cost -- around $10,000. I had to pay $1300 to prac- tise and earn my grade two kayaking certificate and I never had a bike or kayak which I obviously need. It was even $1000 to enter the race so it is costly. Mr Pickering has been get- ting plenty of support from friends, workmates and family and even a few of his students. I have told a couple of my pupils and they cannot fathom the duration of what I m about to do. He has his next motivational goal set but it doesn t involve traversing the South Island again. I will just complete this one and have a break I think. Actually I m learning how to do Maori carving so I will focus on that this year. Men's sun behaviour risking lives New Zealand men don t take enough care in the sun during the summer months. A three-yearly survey of New Zealanders sun protection awareness and behaviour shows that many men are unaware of or choose to ignore the risks of excessive ultraviolet radiation during summer. The Cancer Society survey of 1250 people asked them about their sun safety knowledge, attitudes and behaviour. Forty-six percent of men reported being severely sun- burnt in the past -- enough to cause blisters or pain for two or more days. Most men -- 83 percent -- had been outdoors the previous weekend when UV levels were high to extreme with nearly 23 percent reporting they had got sunburnt. The areas of the body most commonly sunburnt were the face, lower arms and neck -- parts of the body that tend to be less covered. Of those men who had been outdoors, 55 percent reported wearing a hat and 52 percent wore clothing which covered their torso but only 41 percent wore sunscreen. Many men tend to wear caps rather than more protective hats that also cover the face, neck and ears, which are most vulnerable. Of those men who had been outside, 54 percent say they stayed out of the sun or in the shade at some point. In the 18 to 24-year-old age group only 1 percent had tried to get a suntan as opposed to 9 percent of women who had done so.Skin care adviser Dr Judith Galtry says it s critical to avoid sunburn because it increases the risk of melanoma in later life. New Zealand has the world s highest melanoma rate and male rates of the cancer are consistently higher than women s. In 2007 -- the year for which the latest statistics are avail- able -- there were 178 deaths and 1123 registered cases of melanoma among men. The death rate from mela- noma was 90 percent higher among men than women in 2007. That was likely because men have a higher overall incidence rate, thicker melanomas and consequently poorer outcomes than women. Men are also less likely to seek an early medical opinion. Early detection is absolutely critical with melanoma but many people, particularly men over 60, don t get their moles checked at all. If you notice any new skin lesion or changes in a spot, mole or freckle, ask your GP to take a look or to refer you to a mela- noma specialist, Dr Galtry says. See www.cancernz.org.nz/ reducing-your-cancer-risk/sun smart/ for information on sun protection, skin cancer and skin cancer statistics. Public Notices ARORANGI COMMUNITY OF NEW ZEALAND INC. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING To be held 6pm Monday 14th Feb 2011 at Manihiki Hall 42 Lovegrove Cres Otara Public Notices CHIP Kia ora. Want to Feel good and lose weight while eating great food? Eat more & weigh less to Avoid, Stop and even Reverse, Diabetes, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure & Obesity. Come to our free information evening for Maori: Feb8&10@7pm, orFeb13@3pm, Weymouth Cosmopolitan Club, 151 Sykes Rd, Manurewa. Sponsored by CMDHB, FREE enrollment applies for up to 50 participants (conditions apply). Ph or Text Dot Paul: P. 9408716 M. 0211213374 Ma ˉ nakohia te Ora, Choose Life! Public Notices PAPATOETOE UNITED SOCCER CLUB INC Registrations for 2011 Season At 10am to 4pm On February 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th and 19th At Papatoetoe Sports Centre Papatoetoe Recreations Grounds Great South Rd, Papatoetoe. All New players must bring copy of ID Any queries Phone Margaret 279-4177 SOCCER / SOCCER / SOCCER Players are invited to join our Drury 15th grade winning team (Div.2). Training will start mid February 2011 for AFF and trials will follow. Selected players will also have a chance to play competition games and off-season soccer this year. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or ph Ellis 021 342125/ Yogesh 0274 981592 Public Notices Find out more: phone 09 355 3553 or visit www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz Proposed temporary road closure Sandrine Avenue (between Te Irirangi Drive and Boundary Road) Otara, between 6am and 5pm from Wednesday, 16 March until Saturday, 19 March, for the ASB Polyfest. Avoid Boundary Road due to event traffic. This closure applies to all except authorised and emergency vehicles. For more information, please phone Auckland Council 09 301 0101.
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