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Canterbury will host 23 of the 27 New Zealand
Olympic medallists and more than 100 competi-
tors for the ANZ Olympic Team Welcome Home
Those wanting to attend the parade should go to
Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre (Pioneer Sta-
dium) on Lyttelton St in Spreydon.
Remember, because of flooding, the event will
not be at Hagley Park as previously scheduled.
The Olympians will enter the stadium atop
double-decker buses at noon. Organisers have sug-
gested getting there early to get a good park
(available on-street and in the stadium car park)
and to grab some free flags and clappers.
Athletes will sign autographs and chat to sup-
porters after the parade, and will attend some
smaller events near the stadium.
Some supporters may want to challenge an ath-
lete to an inflatable boxing dual or football match.
For more info and updates on this event, visit
She got under their skin
By ABBIE NAPIER
a skinsuit in
part of her PhD.
WHEN KIWI olympic cyclist Simon van
Velthooven took bronze in the men s
keirin Canterbury University student
Lindsey Underwood had more cause than
most to smile.
The 27-year-old PhD student spent
months making the Kiwi team sleeker,
faster, more aerodynamic.
She designed the skinsuits worn by the
track cyclists competing at the London
Olympics -- a project which required a
singular focus and countless test runs
The idea is to find a way to make the
whole team as aerodynamic as possible,
and that takes time, she said.
Originally from England, the young
mechanical engineering graduate took to
the project like a duck to water.
I loved it, loved the project, she said.
I was working directly with the athletes
and the coaches, perfecting every proto-
Her suits shaved seconds off the team s
The design process also required people
With the suits being literally skin-
tight, comfort and appearance was a huge
factor for athletes in their prime, in the
A good skinsuit benefits a whole team,
all the cyclists, from one lot of research
and development. It s a cost effective way
for the sporting industry to spend its
It s also good for me because I got to do
something I really enjoy which translated
into something they re passionate about.
Bike NZ performance games manager
Andy Reid said the development of the
Kiwi skinsuit was a first -- the team pre-
viously purchased suits developed over-
It was great in terms of what we were
able to put out, he said.
We need to keep pushing the bound-
He noted due to a lack of funding it was
likely wealthier countries such as Eng-
land would have spent 20 to 50 times as
much on developing their skinsuits.
Community 'knows' the thieves
By ANNA PRICE
SPECIAL WAVE: The wave memorial carved
from ancient kauri.
RUSSELL RITCHIE was gutted to dis-
cover that a treasured kauri memorial
wave carving dedicated to his late son
had vanished from the North Wai Board
Riders club rooms on North Beach.
The carving, created from a 500 year
old piece of kauri, was among valuables
seized in three break-ins at the club in
the past two weeks.
An estimated $6000 of band equip-
ment, including sound mixing desks and
speakers, the property of the Stone Cold
Chillers, have also disappeared with
Mr Ritchie, a club veteran who helps
run the South Island Primary Schools
surf championships, said the offenders
were being fingered.
The community knows who they are
and some of them are not happy with
what s happened.
We know there are three of them and
they used a supermarket trolley to take
the stuff away.
It is in their best interests to ensure
the gear is returned intact.
Footprints had been photographed.
Police inquiries are continuing.
The kauri trophy, engraved with the
winners of the South Island Primary
Schools surfing championships, took
pride of place in the club rooms.
It was carved to honour the memory of
15-year-old James Ritchie who was killed
in a fall at Gore Bay on New Year s Eve
James, a promising young surfer who
lived in South New Brighton, was
farewelled at a moving ceremony off
North Beach with a paddle-out by about
100 board riders and local surfers -- and
Clarification for the advertising feature in
the Christchurch Mail on August 9, on the
The title EcoShop a one-stop drop was
misleading and may allude that people can
drop their unwanted items at the EcoShop.
The EcoDrops is where all unwanted items
are taken, as the business wants to ensure
the car park and adjacent areas at the shop
are not used as a dumping ground for old
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