At least Sherwood rated nationally

PETER LAMPP
Last updated 12:00 17/12/2012

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Manawatu freestyle motocross rider Levi Sherwood can crack it on the world stage, but couldn't get the same recognition in Manawatu.

Sherwood, who won the international X-Fighters competition this year, has been nominated for the New Zealand Sportsman of the Year award but wasn't even nominated for Manawatu Sportsman of the Year.

He is up against the likes of Mahe Drysdale, Mitch Evans and Richie McCaw, as well as Manawatu cyclist Simon van Velthooven and speed skater Peter Michael.

■ For those attending future hockey internationals in Palmerston North in windy, warm weather, take your umbrella.

The heat and winds dry the water-based turfs. When that happens the powerful hoses are turned on before the game and at halftime, as many spectators, who got a good drenching, found out at the two New Zealand-India tests last week.

■ Shane Rufer and his School of Football are off on a tour of Asia next month.

Rufer is taking an under-13 side from his Palmerston North-based academy to Japan and China for two weeks and will be getting stuck into the local cultures.

It won't just be about football though as they will be visiting schools and staying with families during the trip. He will then be straight into coaching the YoungHeart Manawatu youth team in the national league which starts next month.

■ In an aside from pure sport, it was refreshing to see the talent at Kathi Craig's concert from her big Start Singing group at the Regent on Saturday night. As well as being therapeutic for the singers, some of whom believed they could never sing, it was highly entertaining with hits from Broadway musicals.

Voices to catch the ear included the singing doctor Katrina Brougham, Trinity College medal winner Tammy Hastings, mezzo-sopranos Madison Norman, Natasha Dean and school-leaver Stephanie Harmsworth and burgeoning baritone Douglas Ransom. It would be no surprise if lead roles were earmarked for Ransom and Harmsworth in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

■ The Central Region rugby sevens, usually a nondescript event on a paddock, was transformed with the arrival of the Sky TV retinue on Saturday and the absence of winds.

The main field at Massey University's Sport & Rugby Institute was tarted up with Sky televising live all 19 matches. And the Manawatu men's and women's teams were the star turns, losing just one of their eight games.

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- Manawatu Standard

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