Nelson Leader : February 14th 2013
30 THE NELSON LEADER, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 SPORT Whakatu Group Riding for the Disabled Thanks to the team at They made this ad possible HOLIDAY PROGRAMME FUN. Our holiday programme here at Whakatu Group in January was again a great success. Children of all ages had the opportunity to experience the fun of having a pony ride for the first time ever. Our programme was a full week with pony rides, pony care sessions, plus a camp over night where the children slept in a tent. Fun was had by all with rides in the arena, as well as treks up through the tracks in the pines. The ponies also got to enjoy a cool wash with the hose to freshen up in the heat. The Groups full riding programme began on Monday with riders back for their therapy sessions. The Group would welcome anyone, that has spare time on their hands for an hour or two during the week days, that are willing to come along and become a volunteer to assist wit h rider's sessions. A lot of riders do not have the core strength to be able to sit unaided while the horse walks. These rider's, often need a person walking on either side of them, giving support and encouragement when needed. Free training and knowledge of how you can best help each rider is given at the Group Whakatu Group RDA Tantragee Rd, The Brook Phone: 03 546 6366 email@example.com e Group. ith 'Scotty an 'Dinky' 5078921AC Whakatu Group R Group up in the pines. Enquiries and donations to: 5140672AA proudly presents the 33rd annual Nelson Half Marathon Quarter Marathon and 5km fun run & walk NELSON 2013 5111891AA Event suitable for all, from beginners & recreational athletes to serious competitors Sunday 5th May Don't delay - make that commitment today and get your training underway, enter on line athletics.nelson.co.nz/nelsonhalfmarathon or pick up an entry form at The Shoe Clinic 84 Bridge St, Nelson • Half Marathon 21.1km • Quarter Marathon 10.55km •5kmFunRun&Walk Proudly supported by SPORT SHORTS Touch champs The Tasman Secondary Schools Touch Championships take place at the Tahunanui Playing Fields from 10am this Sunday. Mixed, boys and girls teams will be trying to qualify for zone 5 finals to be held in Christchurch at the end of next month. Mountain racing Athletics Nelson's four-race mountain running series begins this Sunday with the annual Mt Robert fell race. The race begins from the Department of Conservation centre in St Arnaud at 10am. The course, which is approximately 25km, follows the western shore of Lake Rotoiti before climbing Mt Robert via the zig zag track and then descending sharply back to Lake Rotoiti. The other races in the series are the Grampians Challenge on March 10, Mt Campbell on April 14 and Takaka Hill on May 19. Records fall in pool Several swimmers from Nelson South recorded some outstanding performances in the Wellington long course summer championships held recently. Clara Foster, 13, won all three breaststroke events in her age groups while Ellie Rukuwai, 15, won two. Kaiori McGuinniety, 17 continued his record-setting pace, smashing six regional age- group records and two open records. After finishing second in the preliminary heats for the 50m butterfly, Kaiori upped the pace and won the event against stiff competition. Phillipa Dwyer, 13, won gold in the 800m freestyle, setting a new Nelson- Marlborough age group record while Matai McGuinniety, 12, won gold in the 50m butterfly. Nelson runners lead Nelson runners dominated the 31st Buller Marathon and Half Marathon last Saturday. Phil Costley led home a field of more than 1000 in the half marathon in 1hr 9min while Paula Canning was first woman in 1hr 22min and Robyn Deane third in 1hr 28min with both women running personal best times. Peter Hague won the half marathon walk in 2hr 12min with Raylene Stringer winning the women's event in 2hr 24min followed by Lyn Smith 90sec behind. Simon Mardon (2hr 39min) was third in the 42.2km marathon with Simon Leaning 39sec back in fourth. Motueka's Collete Read was second woman in 3hr 10min. Stoke's Andrea Campbell and Richmond's Kathryn Walker were equal first in the marathon walk in 5hr 7min. Junior athletes race The Athletics New Zealand men's and women's junior 3000m championships will be held as a climax to the second annual Harold Nelson Classic at the Saxton Field athletics track this Saturday. Some of the country's top juniors will contest the 71G2 laps on the fast Mondo surface. The women's event starts at 7.20pm, followed by the men's race at 7.40pm. Women contenders include Nelson's Jess Martin. The men's race pits 2011 New Zealand M16 cross country champion Mike Lowe of Nelson against 2012 New Zealand M16 cross country champion Jacob Priddy of Hamilton. Nelson team-mates Jeff Lautenslager, Thomas Andersen, Josh Barry, Allister Meffan, Sam Mackay-Wright and Hugo Lawrence will also compete. Paddlers geared to go Reviving traditional sports: Paddlers competing on annual Tuna e Hoe Ana Waka Ama Regatta on Lake Rotoiti. By PHIL BARNES At least 170 paddlers are expected to converge on Lake Rotoiti this week- end for the fifth annual Tuna e Hoe Ana Waka Ama Regatta organised by Nelson's Maitahi Outrigger Canoe Club. Club president Peter Bywater said the event was first held in 2009 and since then it has grown each year. This year's regatta had attracted teams from as far afield as Dunedin, Christchurch and Golden Bay. The event, which coincides with Festival Nelson Lakes, starts this Friday evening with single and double crew, small boat racing. Ten boats will com- pete over a 10 kilometre course. The rapidly growing popu- larity of stand up paddleboard- ing (Sups) meant that this year there will be a 5km Sup race. The main competition begins early this Saturday with the novices and youth divisions. Each team is allowed to have up to nine competitors although only six can crew their boat at any one time. Six teams will be taking part including a crew from Riccarton High School. They will be racing over 10km. The novices will be followed by 14 teams in the women's and mixed division with the open women racing for 20km. The open men and masters men will then race on Saturday after- noon, also over a 20km course. Whakatu Marae have entered open and novice men's teams and open and novice women's teams in the regatta. And while the marae's novice women's team have only recently been formed, their open women's team travelled to a regatta in Lake Karapiro in Hamilton in January. They were the only South Island women's team tak- ing part and finished 12th out of 48 crews. The marae said their open crews had been rowing together at least three times a week as well as doing extra individual training in preparation for this weekend's regatta. Peter said there would be a fun race on Lake Rotoiti at Saturday lunchtime for anyone to have a go''. Even if they have no experi- ence we can take them out to have a blast.''
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