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One of NZ’s finest swim coaches, Graeme
Laing, winged his way south to Ohai last
weekend to hone the aqua skills of Western
Hosted by the Takitimu Swimming Club, Mr
Laing said his focus of the weekend was
on building strong swimming technique
amongst the children. Forty children
attended the sessions, which were spread
over three days.
Swimming club spokeswoman Jeannie
Levett said the club was grateful both to
Mr Laing and to the Ohai/Nightcaps Lions
Club whose generous sponsorship had
enabled fees to be subsidised,
making the swim sessions
affordable to all families.
Mr Laing returns south at the
end of January for what will
be his 10th year of lessons
at the Blackmount pool.
Organiser for the Blackmount
lessons, Trudy Slee, said
children from Tuatapere to Te
Anau attend these lessons,
which this year would be held
from January 23 to 27.
“We feel extremely lucky to have had him
teach our children to swim over the years
and we look forward to him taking our 75
swimmers again this year,” Mrs Slee said.
Top coach visits Ohai
Graeme Laing taking a brief moment out of his hectic schedule
to pose for a photo with the top swim group at last weekend’s
training sessions at the Ohai Pool. The focus of the weekend
was on swim technique.
PHOTO: Trudi Baird
By Trudi Baird
A restricted fire season has been declared
for the whole Southern Rural Fire District
because of the increasing risk of fire.
Southern Rural Fire Authority principal
rural fire officer Mike Grant said vegetation
moisture levels had reduced to trigger
points that meant significant fires were
more likely to happen and would be harder
to extinguish. With the short term weather
forecast predicting more of the same,
a higher level of planning and care was
now required for everyone considering
undertaking any burning, he said.
A restricted fire season means a permit
has to be gained to light an open fire.
Permits are not needed for camp fires,
barbecues, incinerators, offal holes and
hedge trimmings, but these do have specific
conditions, including never lighting them
when it is windy and not being within 30m
of a building, trees, hedges or material that
could catch fire. Those who light fires in the
open, even with a permit, are responsible
for making sure the fires are safe and do
not spread, and are also liable for any
damage caused by the fire.
The Southern Rural Fire Authority issues
permits, but warns it can take up to five
days to check the applications.
Restricted fire season
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