Activation original sets sights on Black Sox gold

Last updated 11:19 30/01/2013
Golden year? Dave Workman is staying active.

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Dave Workman has left the Activation recreation group, closing the door on a "positive time" over the last six years from the project's very beginning.

"I really enjoyed the years there but I decided this is a good time and a good opportunity to close one door and see another one open," he says.

That immediate door will be Mr Workman's role as assistant coach with the New Zealand Black Sox hosting the world championships at Albany's 7000 seater venue in March.

Workman, who before Activation had more than 30 years working locally as a rubber worker, is looking for gold after winning world silvers as both a player (in the mid-1980s) and assistant coach.

Assistant to Rhys Casley for seven years, Workman says the build up to the worlds will be an important and demanding time.

"Between now and March 1 I'll have one free weekend," he says. "We'll all be together as a team for 37 days, we'll be up the far north on team building ."

Much of the build up will see Workman specialising in the outfield coaching with 17-player squad ahead of the side's opening game against Columbia.

The former long time Totara Park club player and coach is also central to the Black Sox finding the right strategy to succeed in the 24-team worlds.

"We'll be looking to simulate the champs as much as we can, to get all our systems in place in all areas."

This role, the responsibility and the time requirements, were all factors in Workman's decision to leave Activation. Equally, it just felt right, he says.

"Activation has worked well.Wherever we go as a council, others are envious of what we have here," he says.

" It's quite a well recognised brand and we are in the schools and clubs, helping with events and working the District Health Board , other councils . . . we are all working together."

"Everything is done at minimal cost or free. The community gets some real bang for its bucks," Workman says.

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- Upper Hutt Leader


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