Tasman Leader : August 14th 2014
THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014 6213176AC TO ENTER 36 DAYS I M P R E S S I O N S A R T A W A R D S www.acn.org.nz Open to all NZ Citizens and Permanent Residents Cavemen face fears and solve problems By ALASTAIR PAULIN Fins up: A group of Tasman Makos give the Makos salute in a Takaka Hill cave as part of a team-building day with Whenua Iti Outdoors. Photos: JOHNNY JOHNSON Cracked it: New Mako Jimmy Cowan conquering his claustrophobia. The Tasman Makos have plunged to new lows in an effort to scale new heights. The team may have stuck their heads up this year as they tackle the premiership division in the ITM Cup but last Friday they went underground. As part of a team-building mini- camp at Lower Moutere’s Whenua Iti Outdoors, the team went caving on Takaka Hill. Co-coach Kieran Keane said he jumped at the chance to send his boys underground because he was a keen caver when he was a teacher – but not all his squad shared his enthusiasm. ‘‘Jimmy Cowan said to me: ‘KK, I’m going to flip if I go into those caves – I’m going to lose the kumara’.’’ Co-coach Leon McDonald said Jimmy was not the only nervous Mako. ‘‘A few guys were pretty apprehensive about it,’’ Leon said. ‘‘Jimmy Cowan is claustro- phobic so he was nervous all day but the boys would support him and hopefully make him proud as punch that he did it.’’ Jimmy faced his fears and was pleased he had. ‘‘It was great,’’ he said. ‘‘I am really quite claustro- phobic so wasn’t so sure, but I really enjoyed it. ‘‘Seeing the bigger boys getting through those tight obstacles was good. ‘‘And it is pretty special to be there as a team in a place that is over 200,000 years old.’’ The squad split into two groups and when not squeezing through tight spaces on Takaka Hill, they competed in problem-solving challenges at Whenua Iti Out- doors. General manager Mark Bruce- Miller was running a challenge where teams had to use spouting to transfer ping-pong balls between buckets 20 metres apart. Mark said the aim was to chal- lenge their communication and get them to come up with a cre- ative way to do a pretty simple task. New Mako Ben Tyler joined Robbie Malneek and Tevita Cavubati in getting 18 ping-pong balls transferred in 10 minutes and afterwards said he thought his group ‘‘could have done better’’ in what he described as ‘‘problem- solving under pressure’’. Tom Marshall, who, along with Vernon Fredericks, directed a blindfolded Bryce Heem as he pieced together a giant jigsaw puzzle, was more impressed with his group. ‘‘Chunk, you nailed it!’’ he called to Bryce. ‘‘I don’t know that I would have got that myself’’. Leon said the mini-camp was a great way to get his team who have come from all over the world to gel quickly. ‘‘By making them a bit vulnerable we try get to know each other and do some problem- solving and have some fun. ‘‘We’ve had a lot of time on the ground doing rugby stuff. But today there’s not a ball on the ground, and the guys don’t have to strap up. ‘‘We’re trying to freshen them up so hopefully they don’t feel like it’s another day at the office,’’ he said.
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