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Back: Aaron Barclay, on the home stretch during the
Lake Hayes triathlon in December, is thrilled at again
making a Triathlon New Zealand high performance
Photo: BROOKE GARDINER 627456083
Injury won't stop one Riversdale's Aaron Barclay
aiming for Olympic glory.
Barclay has been named in the Triathlon New
Zealand high performance squad for the third
year in a row.
The 14-strong squad, which boasts big-name
triathletes Kate McIlroy, Ryan Sisson and Andrea
Hewitt, operates on a three-tier system as the
sport refocuses for the next four to eight years.
Barclay was named in the development squad,
meaning he is tracking towards a podium finish
by the 2020 Olympic Games.
Barclay said it was a big thing to even be
considered for the squad again, taking into
account the lower leg injury which has plagued
him the past couple of years.
''It's a big thing to know that coaches and
selectors, even without racing for 18 months, are
still going to put the time in with me,'' he said.
''They are still keeping an eye on me and believing
Recovery from the injury, which struck him down
on the cusp of his career, has been a gradual
process, with the athlete conceeding it was hard to
watch from the sidelines at times.
''Difficult, especially when I came onto the scene
and started to do really well, it was 2010.''
He was starting to put himself in contention for
selection for the 2012 Olympic Games.
''It was starting to look like a real possibility.
''I was chasing that dream too early.''
Now he is injury free.
''I'm back in full training but building back my
strength slowly, getting confidence back in my
Barclay has instead spent time focussing on his
studies, completing the first year of a Batchelor of
Chiropractic in Auckland and aims to one day
have his own chiropractic business once he
retires from triathlon.
But this year he plans to sideline the studies to
part-time papers and refocus all his energies on
getting back to top form.
''I would like to go to the Commonwealth Games
in 2014 but it's probably a bit too close. I dont want
to push my body too far.''
Team effort: Sharyon Ralph, Louise Andrews, Gina Mills and Claire Wards have collectively lost over 100kg. Photo: BRIDGET RAILTON 627563978
Weight Watchers grows too large
By BRIDGET RAILTON
An influx of women aspiring to healthier
lifestyles has prompted a weight-loss
group to relocate to bigger premises --
and leaders hope men will follow suit.
Weight Watchers Gore moved their
weekly meeting from the St John's rooms
to the James Cumming Wing last week to
cope with increasing numbers.
Weight Watchers Gore leader Claire
Wards said she was thrilled with the
number of new members signing up to
make a positive change in their lives.
''We've had 15 new people sign up in
three weeks. It's fantastic.''
They now have about 34 members from
Eastern Southland attending the weekly
meeting, but a lack of males signing up
was slightly concerning she said.
It was difficult to convince men that
preconceived ideas that Weight Watchers
was a female-only club were inaccurate,
Also, they could be concerned with
discretion, when they needn't be she
''We are very discrete, there is nothing to
Ms Wards, who has been a leader for five
weeks, is relishing her new role in the
After loosing over 20kg with Weight
Watchers herself, she felt she could help
''It's a good, positive thing. I felt like I
could pay it forward you know, I wanted
to give something back.''
After running her first half marathon
last October, Ms Wards said anybody can
make a change in their habits.
''I never thought I could do something
like that. I just started slow, bit by bit.''
Now she would take on any challenge,
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