The presence of high-profile cyclists in Manawatu skyrocketed on Saturday, with Simon van Velthooven's belated 21st at his family farm between Feilding and Palmerston North.
He promised the birthday bash for the whole country after winning bronze at the London Olympics, and while 4 million people didn't quite make it, several Olympians were in attendance.
Former Sport Manawatu staff member Tim Hamilton nailed the Waikato-Bay of Plenty chief executive's job recently and sparks flew.
Apparently locals wanted the previous Magic boss, Sheryl Dawson, and they made their voices known. Hamilton worked at Sport Manawatu from 1998 to 2002 before becoming chief executive of the Wanganui Rugby Union, then the Northland Rugby Union, Netball North Harbour & Netball North, Basketball NZ and from March this year he set up TRH Sport Management.
So with that experience, he should be capable of fending off the bullets.
The weighty 2012 volume of of The Palmerstonian 2012, the Palmerston North Boys' High School magazine, arrived on our desk.
This time it is a 224-page mammoth, all in full colour. It was timely that photos of two cricket gents appear - overthrown New Zealand captain Ross Taylor and NZ Cricket's chief executive David White, when they visited the school - not at the same time.
Brent Costley has taken over as editor of the voluminous magazine.
Former Manawatu and All Blacks fullback Christian Cullen is heading a sports agency called CCMG.
He is the chief executive of Christian Cullen Management Group, established by a group with business and sports management backgrounds.
On their books are netballer Katrina Grant, jockey Lisa Allpress, former All Black Alama Ieremia, horse trainer Michael Pittman and soccer coach Ricki Herbert.
Palmerston North will be hosting the country's top speed skaters at the national road championships at Memorial Park next month.
Ninety-three skaters from around New Zealand, as well as a few from Germany and Slovakia, will be in action from January 2 to 4.
Competitors are coming from Manawatu, Blenheim, Whanganui, Taranaki, Kapiti, Canterbury, Auckland, Hamilton, and Wellington.
Manawatu's top skaters include Shane Mihaere (intermediate), Daina Gibbs (intermediate), Andy McDonnell (masters), Tuata Reweti-Migo (junior boys) and Ocean Woolley (primary girls) but Palmerston North's world champion, Peter Michael, is still in South America.
YoungHeart Manawatu have defied their place on the national league table, with two players again named in the team of the month.
Despite losing six games on the trot, YoungHeart captain Adam Cowan and striker Tom Mosquera impressed enough to keep a Manawatu presence in the December all-star team. Following on from Mosquera and goalie Matt Borren in the team last week, Cowan's hard work in midfield earned him a spot while Mosquera still leads the scoring charts with seven goals.
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