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Blow the snow and
rain, get off the sofa
The weather played havoc with the sporting scene in South Otago last
weekend. Rugby, netball, football and golf competitions and events
were cancelled or postponed because of poor road and ground
conditions through the snow and heavy rain.
Don't use the rain and cold as an
excuse to rug up on the couch
If you need inspiration then
look at the 40 hardy souls who
braved the conditions and
completed the 5 kilometre fun
run at Milton last Sunday.
Congratulation to the Tokomai-
riro High School year 13
students that put on the event.
Congratulations also to the
handful of people from the
South Otago Athletics Club for
organising the Balclutha 10km
and half marathon. The new
course seems to have been well
received and well done, also, to
the 135 athletes who showed
that the weather doesn't have to
put an end to outdoor activities
(see coverage, page 23).
Regardless of the weather
conditions, running, biking and
walking options are still poss-
ible. But with daylight at a
premium and many roads not
ideal for sharing with vehicles,
choose your route carefully,
wear high visibility clothing
and make sure your bike has
reflectors and lights.
If you are looking to exercise
inside, then you're in luck. Our
indoor facilities have improved
markedly. The whole district
has quality gyms and instruc-
The centennial pool is open for
another four weeks so make the
most of the refurbished facility,
which includes a therapeutic
For those suffering health
issues, go to your GP or charge
nurse and ask about a Green
Prescription, an activity-based
alternative to prescription
Finally, congratulations to the
South Otago High School senior
A netball team, who won the
Otago secondary school cham-
pionships in Dunedin. What a
great team effort. Good luck for
the upcoming South Island
Tiny Carruthers is the
regional sports coordinator
for the Clutha District. He can
be contacted on: 418 3046 or
Kart racers all smiles at club's
end of season prizegiving
A winning smile: South Otago Kart Club's midget class and best presented kart winner Josiah van der Bijl, who also
won a trophy for the best presented kart. The club held its end of season prizegiving at the Milton Country Club on
Friday night. Aidan Upston was second in the midget class, closely followed by Lachlan Bennett. The junior class was
won by Camden Jacobs, with Harley Herbert and Sam Herbert second and third. Jennie Hasler-Jacobs won the
ladies class, with Dana Christiansen second and Nicky Adams third. Racing in the 200cc kart class, Brian Jacobs was
first and Colin Lockhart won the 250cc kart class. Aaron Gouman was awarded the blow up trophy and will spend
the winter fixing up his go kart after it actually did blow up. Ross Chalmers received the Sportsman of the Year
Trophy for his help within the kart club. South Otago Kart Club has about 40 kart members registered with members
ranging in ages from 5 up. Race days are held from October to May on grass paddocks.
Quicker way to police
What: New 24-hour crime reporting
line started operating in the
Southern Policing District.
Good news for: Clutha residents
wanting a quick response.
How it works: Ring your local police
station number -- in Balclutha it is
418 0203 -- where you will be
immediately transferred to the crime
Clutha residents no longer need to
visit or wait in line at a police station
to report a crime.
A new 24-hour crime reporting line
started operating in the Southern
Policing District, including Clutha,
People can now call their local police
station, where they will be trans-
ferred to the crime line team, where
they can make a report of a recent or
historic crime, pass on information,
seek an update on a case, seek advice
on a police matter or make a
Acting Southern District com-
mander superintendent Richard
Chambers said the benefits of the
crime reporting line were twofold.
''The public gets a better, faster
service and frontline officers' time is
freed up so they can spend more time
out on the streets.''
People still call through to the local
police station number and their
individual situation will be assessed
before they are linked through to the
crime reporting line.
The complaint acknowledgement
form required by insurance compan-
ies can be generated and sent out
straight away via email or post.
Members of the community are
always welcome to visit a police
station to report crime.
However, using the crime reporting
line can be more convenient and
ensures information is able to be
acted on without delay, Mr Chamber
Southern is one of the last policing
districts to roll out the crime
People in an emergency situation
should always dial 111.
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