It's not every day we get to lead with a good news story in the Herald.
And despite what you might think, that's not down to a lack of desire to be able to do that. It's in the nature of news, unfortunately, that situations involving a degree of misfortune often take out the lead slot. It's down to news judgment, which is not an exact science, but sometimes the lead story simply stands out a mile, as was the situation more than once this week with the mystery surrounding the young boy found at Holme Station Bridge.
But today, we get to lead with some good news, and it's a story that's a worthy lead, because it signals a momentous achievement.
South Canterbury certainly is not without its high sporting achievers. Cyclist Marc Ryan returned from the London Olympics this year with his second bronze medal from the team pursuit event. He was joined in the national team by Shane Archbold, already a world championship medallist in the omnium.
Shooter Natalie Rooney narrowly and controversially missed out on that team, but has numerous other notable achievements to her name internationally.
Fast bowler Hamish Bennett has had his opportunities for the Black Caps in the last couple of years.
But it's certainly not often that South Canterbury gets a representative into a major national team, and especially not one who's only 18. That's a bit of perspective around the selection of hockey star Cass Reid in coach Marc Hagar's 25-strong women's Black Sticks squad for 2013.
It would be fair to say the Craighead student had been expected to make the grade at some point, but she was modest enough to admit yesterday that her elevation had come a lot earlier than she expected.
Her chances of being a part of the 2016 squad for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have almost certainly been given a shot in the arm by her selection at this seemingly early stage, giving her time to establish herself in the squad, even if she takes some time to become a regular selection.
Reading today's front page lead story, it seems less of a surprise, in reality, that she has made the grade so soon. She refers to her own high fitness levels and willingness to run and others refer to her willingness to be coached.
If that level of willingness on two fronts can be sustained, she's on her way to an exceptional career. And, even though she's moving to Christchurch next year, hopefully many more appearances on the front page of the Herald.
- The Timaru Herald