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Look out for our new Water Safety series in The
Southland Times on Mondays and Thursdays.
New Zealand's annual drowning rate is one of the worst in the
developed world and an average of 105 New Zealanders die by
drowning each year. That's a shocking statistic which needs to be
In our region we are very lucky to have the sea on our doorstep as well
as an abundance of lakes and rivers, all providing ample opportunities
for water based activities. From swimming, boating, diving, kayaking
and fishing to simply tramping along a lake or river, it's something we
all take for granted. But it is important to be aware of the potential
dangers and be prepared, especially where children are concerned.
Our new Water Safety series will provide a wide range of information
to help us all take the right steps towards looking after ourselves and
our families around water.
LOOK OUT NEXT WEEK:
Life Jackets on Monday • Diving on Thursday
Brothers raising motoX dust
FROM THE FRONT PAGE
Super success: Nathan Rhind, 9, and brother Harry, 5, are making a name for
themselves in the motoX circuit after they each finished third for their age
groups at the New Zealand Mini MotoX Nationals.
Photo: ELYSIA TILBROOK
Circuits of homemade practice track pay off for speedy Dacre brothers.
By ELYSIA TILBROOK
We don't put a lot of pressure
on them, they are here to have
Two brothers from Dacre are
making a name for themselves in
the motoX circuit.
Nathan Rhind, 9, and brother
Harry, 5, recently competed at the
New Zealand Mini MotoX Nation-
als, both finishing third in their
Nathan has been racing motoX
since he was five, after his parents
took him to the Invercargill track
during an open day.
''They had a fun day at the track
and we took him out,'' his mum,
''He got a taste for it.''
Nathan grew up riding motor-
bikes, riding on a four-wheel
motorbike since he was two.
The boys' father, Clark, is a keen
trail bike rider, but never stepped
into the racing circuit.
Nathan is now riding a KTM 65cc
Nadine said that despite finishing
third at the nationals, which were
held in Wellington during the
school holidays, Nathan raced
well and could have placed better.
''He didn't have luck on the day,''
''He was only five points off
second, which is nothing.''
Nathan finished first in the
qualifying round, and first in his
first race, but came off in the third
Harry has only been racing for six
months on his Honda 50cc trail
''Harry sat comfortably in third,''
Harry placed second in one of his
five races and really picked up the
pace on the second day of racing,
The brothers are also competing
in the Southern Series.
This motoX series includes
rounds to be raced in Invercargill,
Gore, Cromwell, Mosgiel and
Nathan is in second place, with
''Harry has really improved the
last few months, he got a bit of air
at the nationals,'' she said.
The boys built a track in the
paddock with their dad, and they
practise on it most days.
''Nathan helps Harry a lot, he is
always giving him tips,'' she said.
Nadine encourages the boys to
have fun when they are racing.
''We don't put a lot of pressure on
them, they are here to have fun,''
''If they are not enjoying it then
what is the point?''
Apart from his third placing at the
nationals, Nathan also competed
in 2011 at a West Coast tourna-
ment, placing eighth on his 50cc.
He placed first in the under-21s at
a Central Otago competition in
2011, and won the Cental Otago
Nathan and Harry attend Eden-
dale Primary school and also
enjoy playing rugby.
SHORT AND SHARP
Former All Blacks coach Sir
Graham ''Ted'' Henry, who is
in Gore this weekend to
speak at the Gore District
Community Awards, will also
conduct a training run with
first XV players from three
local high schools.
Sir Henry will be at the
Excelsior clubrooms at the
Gore Showgrounds from
10am to 10.30am on
Saturday with players from
Gore High School and St
Peters and Menzies Colleges.
A golf challenge will be held
as a warm-up to the
Wyndham races tomorrow.
The first hole-in-one will win a
$500 betting voucher for the
The challenge starts at
11am, entry is free.
The Mataura SPCA store will
reopen this Saturday under
new management and with a
new range of stock.
The shop has been closed
this week for cleaning and
Management is also looking
for more furniture donations.
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