Archive | February, 2010

Life as I now know it

25 Feb

Hey, It’s been a really like time since I’ve posted anything. I know, I’ve been slack when it comes to blogging. I guess I’ve just had so much going on with the whole “moving to Hamilton” thing. I’ve settled into my new school (Fairfield College) and work (Foodtown) and I’m still getting used to not living with the family. It is sad because I do miss home! And my friends in New Plymouth.

School’s interesting because the school is nothing like NPBHS. The buildings and grounds are not flash, it’s mufti and it’s co-educational. There are a lot of cockroaches here! That aside – I’m enjoying my classes (English, Media Studies, Psycology, Gateway and soon by corrospondance, Legal Studies) and the teachers are really friendly! There’s no jock or rugby culture here either. I miss NPBHS a lot, but I’m seeing my new school as a new experience.

Foodtown is no where near as flash as Countdown The Valley, and it’s about 1/4 the size! It’s a neat little store which I think is possibily one of the oldest supermarkets in Hamilton. It’s never been renovated to my knowledge, a bit rundown but soon everyone will be turning into Countdowns so a revamp shouldn’t be too far off! I work on Lotto and Checkouts – Lotto preferred! I’ve been fully trained and love it.

I have three different film projects currently in the pipeline which is exciting – and over the next two weeks I will be doing a lot of travelling so if you want to meet up here’s the plan:

Tuesday 2 March: New Plymouth
Wednesday 3 March: Auckland
Thursday 4 March: Auckland
Friday 5 March: Whangarei
Saturday 6 March: Whangarei
Sunday 7 March: Whangarei

Thursday 11 March: New Plymouth
Friday 12 March:      New Plymouth
Saturday 13 March: New Plymouth
Sunday 14 March: New Plymouth
Monday 15 March: New Plymouth

If you haven’t already, you should add me as a friend on Facebook or follow me on twitter (see sidebar). I update daily and it’s the easiest way to keep in the loop! I’ll try and blog a bit more too 😛


Mountain City Rollers Story

24 Feb

22 Janurary 2010
By Kyle Wadsworth

Take roller skating women, add high speeds, helmets, pads and a lot of physical contact and you end up with roller derby.
Taranaki’s newest team The Mountain City Rollers is looking for more women to join their team, and you don’t even have to know how to skate.

“The really good thing is anyone can do it. I hadn’t played a sport since I left High School, I was too busy having kids and working and Roller Derby became my instant love” says team member Katherine Griffin.
“It’s any age, any fitness, any shape. The bigger you are, the better it is”

The team formed in August with the goal of creating a no nonsense, fun, positive team that all women can be actively involved in.
Sport-enthusiast Andrea Byran believes the sport can change a woman’s life for the better.
“Everyone’s supportive of each other’s achievements, and there is a strong sense of ‘Yes I can do it and yes I am a strong woman’. It’s a good stress reliever too.”

The sport is not as dangerous as you might think. There are rules and penalties that serve as safety precautions, and all skaters must wear safety gear such as kneepads, elbow pads, helmets and mouthguards. The girls try to keep the sport fun, but serious.
“You don’t have to be a staunch woman to play the sport – there are a lot of mums and girly-girls who enjoy it” Andrea says.

The group are holding a camp in 2010 to form the New Zealand Roller Derby team, to play against Australia later in the year. The match will be the first time New Zealand and Australia have played against each other in the sport.

Women keen on trying out the sport must be over 18 and can contact the team though their email address or phone Andrea on 027 355 3078.