Record shattering day at Games

By David Ogilvie


While 92-year-old Kay Martin from North Shore captured the hearts of the Games followers, the efforts of local indoor bowlers Warwick and Arlene Pinker stood out.

Yesterday (Monday) was their first wedding anniversary, and they had a couple of gold medals each to celebrate it.

Neither was playing the singles, work - and in Warwick's case preference - taking them away from the Jubilee Stadium where they held the Wanganui indoor bowls flag very high.

The wins were the pairs title together and the fours a day later, with Allan and Sue Cowley as teammates.

Ironically they beat the same skip in both finals - Wanganui also produced Warren Freeman, who has Lindsay Bourne as his lead in the pairs and added Tina Lawson and Jennifer Sackfield for the fours.

Both finals saw the Pinker combination on top throughout, and Warwick was quick to point to his team: "My wife [Arlene] led brilliantly in the pairs and made my job just so much easier, and in the fours my whole team played well for me, although Warren [Freeman] played some great shots."

Pinker now has something extra to look forward to - his place in the Bruce Winterburn-skipped four in the Wanganui team playing the national intercentre outdoor bowls championships in Auckland in three weeks.

Brother Cary and Pinker are the middle of the four, with Dave Wicky leading.

Warwick Pinker puts his run of form down, quite simply, to being settled and happy after his marriage.

"It's the best I've played for a long time - I'm very settled."

Kay steals hearts

Indoor rowing saw some spectacular stuff yesterday - from regular star turn Warren Mant with a hat-trick of titles and a hard charge at a world record that wasn't too far away, it produced a 70-79 age-group world record to Australian Dirke Stobbe in the 500m, and it tossed in the sight of 92-year-old Kay Martin from North Shore crushing 12 seconds from her previous best time in the 500m.

Sure, she trailed the field, but she was sensible in her approach, and strong throughout.

To cap the day for her as the Games' oldest competitor, she was presented with a T-shirt autographed by New Zealand's four Olympic rowing champions.

Now, says Kay, she can hit the cakes and the pies!

Stobbe aimed at 1min 47sec for the 500m, and finished on 1.47.3, a time he had recorded twice at training before leaving Geelong.

Mant's 2000m was 6min 16sec, and his 500m 1min 20sec, behind his best but he did says he was suffering from a sore back.

He also took the pairs.

Other Wanganui action:


Stephen Matthews won the 40-plus 9-ball, with Dallas Rodgers the winner of the 56-plus group. In the 9-ball pairs, Richie Hall and Harry Parslow held Wanganui's flag high in the 40-plus, and Rodgers and Ray Dahlberg took the gold.

There was rock'n'roll success for Shona Hood, Kath Mence and Alex Pirikahu as a group, and for Barry Barnes and Clire Edmonds, and Scott Greenlees and Mence. Local petanque success went to second-placed Steve Meredith and Dave Smith, while Lorette Cockburn and Jackie Dowman were best-dressed.

In the yachting competition, the Olympic veteran Jock Bilger won seven of nine Laser races to head off the man who beat him in 2011, David Feek (Palmerston North). Local wins went to Greg Allen, Lindsay Stevenson and Allan Geerkens.

The two-day cycle tour winner was 40-year-old Cambridge rider Gary Mikkelson.

Rain which fell during the day meant that sports played out of doors, such as cricket, suffered some delays.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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