Nelson Leader : August 8th 2013
34 THE NELSON LEADER, AUGUST 8, 2013 SPORT Join the Makos' Family Funday hosted by the Tasman Makos players. Sunday August 11, 2013 10.30am -- 12.30pm Trafalgar Park • Meet the Makos, get photos and autographs • 4k run, walk , skate or scoot or push your pram • Kids Kilometre • Free McDonalds' Cheeseburger voucher for every kid who runs • Great spot prizes including Makos' gear and Nelson Mail merchandise • Enjoy a skills session with the Makos at the finish 4km FAMILY FUNDAY Supported by FREE ENTRY! For more information phone 03 548 7030 5502910AA In Your Time of Loss... Let our friendly, caring team take care of you and your loved one Serving all the regions of Nelson, Richmond, Waimea, Tasman, Motueka, Golden Bay 164 TAHUNANUI DRIVE, NELSON Prepaid and Pre-planned packages available. Call in and see our friendly staff for advice Phone 546 5700 Anna, Bev, Andrea, Sharlene, Carl and Alastair. 5530129AA Team work: The Tasman Makos mini- team the Killer D's try to fill a leaky bucket during a team development and leadership session at Whenua Iti Outdoors on Tuesday morning. Clockwise from left: trainer James McIlroy, Rueben Northover, Whenua Iti instructor Lizz Conroy, Liam Squire, Mike Wells, George Stowers, and Quentin MacDonald. Photo: ALASTAIR PAULIN Fun'n'games with Makos By ALASTAIR PAULIN Theft, cheating, pranks, and all manner of skullduggery were on display when the Tasman Makos had an icebreaker session of teamwork and leadership skills at Whenua Iti Outdoors on Tuesday. The team was split into four mini-teams'' and the rivalry was on in the Whenua Iti 5000. One challenge was to cross an obstacle course with buckets of water to fill a large drum riddle with holes. To trip up teams that followed, one of the teams sabotaged buckets to make them leakier, hid some buckets in the bushes and put detergent on a log to make it more slippery. Some of the team names got mysteriously edited on the leaderboard too. The James Lowes picked up a strategically placed B'' and Te Lads became Te Lasses. But skill and strategy beat skullduggery. They tried to split us up based on abilities but they obviously forgot that we're the smartest group,'' said Makos captain Shane Christie, whose Killer D's mini- team were not about to let a few pranks deter them. As well as the leaky bucket challenge, teams had to get over a high wall, see how many times members could scale the 17 metre high tower, leap off a high pole onto a trapeze three metres way and do five chin-ups on it, and tackle a high ropes course. The high ropes were more about conquering a fear of heights than displaying physical skills as prop Tim Perry showed when he joked from six metres off the ground that he might need to change the undies''. Makos coach Kieran Keane chuckled when he heard that, and said the day was all about putting his team out of their comfort zone, as well as trust, challenge and teamwork''. They don't really know what they can do until they have a go -- perhaps they'll unleash a bit of hidden potential'' he said. Shane demonstrated that when he led from the front in trying the trapeze leap blindfolded. He caught the trapeze bar face-first but still got to claim bragging rights, said instructor Claire Sykes. She said the Makos were the strongest group she had seen tackle the challenges, and while she enjoyed their confidence, their skills meant instructors were pushing the challenges to their limits. Whenua Iti's general manager Mark Bruce-Miller said the challenges were not just about being the biggest and the strongest but about working to the strengths of each individual in the team''. The morning with the Makos was a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase what we do around team development whether it be with year 5 kids, corporate leaders or, in this case, a sports team,'' Mark said.
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