Monday, August 13, 2012

Seaport Scene Issue 315

GOLD for Joseph Sullivan and Picton

Picton Boy Joseph Sullivan knows how to produce two things: heart attacks in his family and friends and a gold medal winning race finish. Coming from fourth place at the 1750m mark, Joseph, and rowing partner Nathan Cohen, sprinted home and crossed the line to win the final of the Mens Double Sculls at the 2012 Olympic Games, becoming his home town hero.

Joseph, and partner Nathan from Invercargill, with their mind blowing sprint, won the first gold for New Zealand in these games, and have also honoured their respective clubs and local districts with their provinces' first ever gold medals.

Joseph has been rowing since 2001 when he showed up at the Picton Rowing Club one afternoon to be told bluntly by Picton Rowing Club coach Dave Bugler “You here for the rowing? – you’ll be no good you're too ………. small”. Joseph’s sheer grit and determination has never put him off any challenge he has had thrown at him including dedicated at early morning trainings and endless hours rowing up and down rivers. He has proven he has the ability to take on the best the world can offer and bring home gold.

Read the rest of Susan O'Rourke's story and see heaps of photos in Issue 315.


  • Captain's Table
  • Spot the knot - Try again this week and find out where it was in issue 314.
  • Maud Island Frog
  • Picton Pool Trust – We're not giving up!
  • Cost is the barrier to a new pool for Picton
  • On The Beat with Constable Newcombe
  • Picton School Disco
  • Picton School Year 5 and 6 Camp
  • Seaport Happenings
  • Seen on the Scene
  • Reflections from Picton Muesem - Ngakuta Bay
  • Library Lines
  • Writers Corner
  • Lion Ladies Reunion
  • Customers Rate Spinnaker Restaurant
  • Hot Rods in Picton
  • Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival
  • Scoop’s Sports with Sam Swain
  • Waitohi Win
  • Sailors First in the Silver Fleet: Rob Burn's Daily Dose
  • Stand Up Comedy Night a Huge Hit

Get your copy of the Seaport Scene at one of the following outlets:

  • Picton: The Seaport Scene Office, FreshChoice, Take Note, Healthcare Pharmacy, Picton Library, On The Spot, Challenge Service Station, Picton Four Square
  • Blenheim: Perrys Book Shop

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  • Win Coldplay tickets! Submit a photo of you reading the Seport Scene for a chance to win.
  • Submit your poems or stories for the Writers Corner
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