Diary of a captain – Boxing

May 3, 2021

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first_imgSOME flirt with the idea for a few sessions, maybe even a fortnight, but you can spot the reaction in people’s faces: this is hard. When you enter the ring you know that there’s no team to back you up. The guy in the opposite corner has trained for weeks and has dedicated hours of his life to ensure these are the hardest three rounds you’ll ever face. You can’t afford to be weak, you can’t afford not to train hard and you can’t afford to make a mistake. For the squad the pinnacle of the season is Varsity. But to get there you need bouts, which means a continual cycle of peaking physically for fights throughout the season. No one can afford to be on anything other than top form for a contest, so the training is intense from the word go. Preparations begin before the start of Michaelmas when our nutritional plans kick in and the hard work starts. All squad members train 7-10 times per week with the emphasis on building up split second explosive power and technical ability. In a typical session sprints precede circuits on the rope, then sparring. Rounds on the bags are mixed with drills, shadow boxing and more body weight circuits. Track and hill sprint sessions are run two mornings a week, conditioning the body through intervals to reach maximum performance quickly with the fastest recovery time possible. You don’t eat before these! Weight circuits run in the evening focus on explosive movements to build strength and stamina without size, where dedicated sparring sessions focus on building the finished product. We have a mature squad this year, retaining talent from past Blues and others who have trained with the club before. The female squad has gone from strength to strength, receiving recognition from the Blues’ committee, although not counting towards our Varsity fight. We stand to make it 3 wins in 3 this year at the Town Hall, and the pressure of wanting to achieve is already bearing down on us.last_img read more


‘I do’ makes comeback for young Kiwis

September 27, 2020

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first_imgNZ Herald 11 January 2014Marriage is holding its ground among younger New Zealanders after declining dramatically during the 35 years up to 2006.Figures from this year’s Census, provided by Statistics NZ on request for a series on modern relationships starting in today’s Weekend Herald, show that the proportion of partnered couples in their 20s who are legally married has risen marginally from 35.8 per cent in 2006 to 36.2 per cent.The increase is tiny, but points to at least a levelling off after a steep decline from 52.8 per cent of partnered couples in their 20s who were legally married in 1996.There was also a slight increase in the proportion of partnered teenagers who were married, from 4 per cent to 4.6 per cent, and a levelling off among couples in their 30s. The proportion of partnered couples in their 30s who were married fell from 82.4 per cent in 1996 to 70.3 per cent in 2006, but slipped only slightly further to 69.1 per cent in this year’s Census.Marriage has continued to decline since 2006 in all older age groups, but at a slower rate than in the previous decade.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11184504last_img read more