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Scott eyes Games
Rugby bruise turns into a killer bacteria
By ANNA PRICE
PADDLER: Scott Martlew at the the ICF Paracanoe World Sprint Championships in Poland in May this year.
Battler: Two-and-a-half years ago, Scott, second from left, didn't knew the battle he would face four months
later. His twin brother Michael is far right.
SCOTT MARTLEW is no
Two years after losing a
leg to necrotising fasciitis --
the result of a rugby knock --
the gritty 19-year-old is eye-
ing the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Scott, a South New Brigh-
ton Surf Life Saving Club
member, already produces a
39-40 second 200 metres
kayak sprint -- about the same
as women's K1 world cham-
pion, Olympic gold medallist
Lisa Carrington -- and he is
That's what I want to do,
go there and win gold. That's
my main goal,'' he says.
I want to be the best I can
be and the fastest para canoe
at the Games.''
Little more than two years
ago, the lanky lock in Shirley
Boys' High 1st XV was play-
ing in the curtain-raiser for
the Crusaders at AMI Sta-
dium when he took a blow to
It was like someone kneed
dead leg. I just ran it off and
kept playing to the end of
Leg scans later revealed a
tear in the quadricep muscle.
Within days, Scott was in
Christchurch Hospital where
surgeons amputated his left
leg at the hip.
What started as a bruise
during the game became
infected and escalated into
necrotising fasciitis, a killer
bacteria which destroys the
soft tissue and muscle sheath-
ing. Scott was in a coma for
almost a month, in a life and
I can't really remember
when I woke up.''
One thing was certain -- the
huge support for Scott and his
Everyone supported me --
the school, a couple of rugby
clubs, the surf club, my mates
and family and the people
they work with.
I had lot of support in hos-
pital from paddling and surf
club friends. They kept telling
me I was going to get back
into the boat and back in the
That gave me the drive to
want to get back and a give it
From early 2011 he com-
peted for the South Brighton
Surf Lifesaving Club in the
four-man surf canoe.
At the 2011 NZ surf cham-
pionships at Mt Maunganui,
his crew won the short course
event, and came second in the
long course. Scott's perform-
ance secured his nomination
in the Sport Canterbury
Awards Sportsperson of the
Year with a Disability.
In May, he finished 5th in
the 200m final at the ICF
Paracanoe World Sprint
Championships in Poland, by
far the youngest in the field.
I feel pretty good with the
progress made and where I
am today and just wanna keep
Port Hills drilling to start
A three-month drilling operation into the Port Hills
is about to get under way. The project is part of the
city council's wider programme of geotechnical
investigations and will give an indication of the
nature of the soil, bedrock and groundwater
conditions. It will also assist with future planning
and development in the Port Hills. The work will
initially involve drilling at five sites -- Clifton
Terrace/Kinsey Terrace, Lucas Lane, Deans Head,
Richmond Hill and Moa Bone Cave area.
Burwood park decision due
An Environment Canterbury decision is expected
tomorrow on a city council consent application to
continue to take quake rubble to the Burwood
Resource Recovery Park. The consent expired in
2005 but the park has since been used under the
Government's emergency earthquake legislation.
Residents near the entrance have complained of
truck noise round-the-clock.
Board vetoes library idea
Christchurch East Labour MP Lianne Dalziel's
suggestion to rename the Lyttelton Library has
been vetoed by the Lyttelton-Mt Herbert
Community Board. Ms Dalziel suggested the library
be renamed in honour of acclaimed children's
author, the late Margaret Mahy. The board decided
the Governor's Bay Library had already been
named for Ms Mahy and instead suggested a wing
of the central city library or a collection of books
would be more appropriate. A final decision on
options has yet to be made.
Orphans help concert
A school caretaker is teaming up with country
singer Suzanne Prentice in a fundraiser for Indian
orphans at Middleton Grange this Saturday. Funds
will help two homes for orphaned children in India.
Middleton Grange caretaker Doug Petrie, who will
be on the drums with his band Remedy, has twice
visited India. Other acts include Toni Williams, the
Middleton Grange jazz orchestra and Crescendos.
Get tickets from Middleton Grange School.
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