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Te Anau-based New Zealand
representative race walker Lesley
Cantwell is fighting for her life in a
Tahiti hospital after winning gold
at the Oceania Championships on
Miss Cantwell, 26, ran the race
of her life to win the 5km title in a
personal best time of 25 minutes
39 seconds, despite 31degC heat
and 70 percent humidity. However,
the opportunity to bask in her
success was abruptly ended not
long after the race. Miss Cantwell
had finished well, felt good and ate
and drank as she should have but
began feeling ill leading up to the
medal ceremony and collapsed.
She was taken to hospital where
she was diagnosed with fluid
on the brain as the result of an
electrolyte imbalance. By Tuesday
evening she was moved to critical
care and put on life support.
Her father and coach Shaun
Cantwell, in Te Anau, said initially
details from Tahiti had been
sketchy because of translation
difficulties and the information
having to be relayed through
several people. They were told
that her fluid levels were good
but that she was suffering an
electrolyte imbalance. However, by
late on Tuesday night her parents
got word that her condition had
deteriorated and they made
arrangements to travel to Tahiti.
Miss Cantwell only recently
returned to competitive
sport after giving birth to her
daughter Brooke, now three.
Her performance on Tuesday
demonstrated that her aim of
consistently getting faster was on
target. Both she and her coach felt
that, in more temperate conditions
she could have completed the
distance at least a minute faster.
Such steady improvement was
putting her within reach of the
qualifying standard of 1 hour 45
minutes over 20km for the World
Cup in China next year, possibly
even the Commonwealth Games.
Mr Cantwell said both he and his
daughter had been wary of the
hot race conditions in Tahiti and
she had prepared well to adjust
to the heat by wearing special
garments to imitate the conditions
she was likely to encounter. She
was also well prepared with a
heat kit containing items like
ice packs to help with her cool
down immediately after the race
and these had mitigated the
heat influence, which had not
contributed to her condition.
Race of her life
By Kirsty Macnicol
The 2013 Te Anau book sale at
the weekend netted more than
$7500 for the three participating
Friends of the Library chairwoman
Marilyn Hunter said the earlier
opening had worked well, with
strong sales on Friday evening.
Sorting non-fiction titles by
category had been so well
received that the groups would
look at pre-sorting fiction books
through the coming year as well.
The two-year trial of sharing the
work and profits with Kepler
Lions and Te Anau Lions meant
profits were being shared with
the community in a different way.
But after 20 years, during which
the annual sale had channeled
$86,000 into Te Anau’s public
library, it was timely to share the
profits more widely, she said.
“The book sale has become a very
useful community project. Our
thanks go out to all the people
who have given books for the sale,
we wouldn’t have anything without
them,” Mrs Hunter said.
Te Anau’s book bonanza
These youngsters (from left) Freija Woods, 2, William Hamilton, 9, and Tom McMurtrie 8, could barely contain their
excitement when they uncovered this cache of books under the sales tables at the Te Anau book sale on Friday night.
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