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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, December 17, 2012 --- 19 www.beautybible.co.nz SHOP ONLINE FOR AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF MAKEUP & BEAUTY PRODUCTS... Skincare, Makeup, Hair, Age Defying, Bath & Body, Fragrance, Tools Brands include: Aveeno, Neutrogena, Thin Lizzy, Trilogy, O.P.I., Dr Lewinn's, Sukin, Burt's Bees new zealand's leading beauty website beautybible.co.nz expert advice, beauty reviews, tips and tricks, product and salon listings the women's guide to everything! By DANIEL SILVERTON AMONG the 63 nominees for this year’s Halberg Awards, includ- ing fve with East Auckland con- nections, are the frst for the sport of baseball and the nation’s premier player whose feats in the game have largely gone under the radar. Pakuranga’s Scott Campbell is nominated in the sportsman of the year category for the 2012 national sports awards, along with his New Zealand Diamondblacks side for team of the year, on the back of their head-turning performances at the World Baseball Classic last month. The Diamondblacks had two wins and two losses in their debut in the tournament’s qualifer, beating Thai- land and the Philippines, ranked 23rd and 24th in the world respectively, and losing to seventh-ranked host nation Taiwan. The results saw New Zealand jump from unranked to 29th in the world. Campbell, who came out of injury- forced retirement to be a leader in New Zealand’s baseball renaissance, put up astronomical numbers in his 12 plate appearances, averaging .583 with seven hits and six RBIs. After forging a career that would have seen him play in the United States’ Major Leagues if not for time off and surgeries for a hip injury, Campbell was surprised by the nomi- nation given baseball’s historical low profle. “It’s great to be put alongside some of the best athletes in the world,” he told the Times. “I’m almost speechless in a sense, it’s awesome.” Campbell is up against double Olympic gold medallist Mahe Drys- dale, freestyle motocross high- fier Levi Sherwood and two-time defending winner Richie McCaw in his feld. “People don’t really know who you are when you play baseball on the other side of the world, so that’s why it was surprising. “Have I earned the right to be there? I can’t answer that question. Some Olympic events only have one moment of glory to put up their num- bers, so in a sense I’ve done the same thing with the national team.” Diamondblacks pitcher 17-year- old Macauley Fox, who threw fve innings against Thailand for just two hits, is also nominated for the emerg- ing talent prize. “It’s a huge honour to have three nominations, but I think it’s incredi- bly deserved,” says Baseball NZ chief executive and Pakuranga resident Ryan Flynn. “It’s completely justifed and our guys stand up there with those other athletes easily. Hopefully it leads to more people putting their eyes on the team.” Other East Auckland athletes in line for awards are the winner of the past six sportswomen of the year awards, Valerie Adams, formerly of Pakuranga Athletic Club. Teenage swimmer Corey Main, of Howick Pakuranga Swim Club, is in the emerging talent bracket. Main holds two national men’s short course titles as a 16-year-old. He swam at the world short course championships in Turkey last week, where he was 26th fastest in the 100- metre backstroke heats. Former Saint Kentigern College pupil Mitch Evans, champion of motor sport’s F3 single-seater series, is a sportsman of the year contender, and ex-St Kents sailor Blair Tuke, silver medallist in the 49er class in London, is one of 18 team of the year nominations, with crewmate Peter Burling. A panel of 30 former athletes and media representatives will narrow the nominations into fnalists to be announced on January 1, with the awards ceremony taking place the following month. Chance to play again THE Halbergs isn’t the only recog- nition Campbell’s performances at the WBC have attracted. After ending his time with the Toronto Blue Jays in March, the 28-year-old is contemplating coming out of retirement to take a profes- sional contract. “I love playing the game and the WBC has defnitely sparked the fre in me,” he says. “The body is the big question. There was a bit of pain playing in Taiwan, so do I want to try and do it again? I’m going through those mind games with myself.” Campbell’s statistics are garner- ing interest from teams around the world, including in the US, where he was a minor league all-star and played in the Futures Game at New York’s Yankee Stadium in 2008. “It’s nice to know you’re still a respected baseball player and people are still willing to take the risk on me after the situation I’m in with all the time off and injuries. “The opportunity to continue to play professional baseball is a pretty hard one to look past.” The Kiwi summer is the offseason for baseball’s big leagues, so Camp- bell is staying in shape while weigh- ing up his options. “I’m training, still trying to get stronger then will get more baseball specifc in the next month. “I’ve been playing the game for 20 years. Nothing would make me hap- pier than being able to keep playing. “Maybe you haven’t seen the last of me on a baseball feld.” Baseball stats attract recognition SPORTING EXCELLENCE: East Aucklanders, Scott Campbell, left, and Corey Main have been nominated for Halberg Awards. Photos supplied / Baseball NZ, Photosport use, 50 Stonedon Drive, East Tamaki, Auckland. PO Box 259 243 Botany, Auckland 2163, New Zealand 64 9 271 8080. Facsimile: +64 9 271 8099. Email: email@example.com. Website: www.timeshouse.co.nz use Publishing as a community fundraiser. Many thanks to the local community for supporting this project. Calendar price $10 incl GST. february june october march july november april august december HOWICK TYRES & ALIGNMENT trading as Beaurepaires Howick Howick Ward Community Ca alendar 2013 2013 Howick Calendars $10 Proceeds to charity EA GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA!
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