Nelson Leader : February 14th 2013
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She has also secured five first plac- ings, a second, two thirds and two fourths out of the nine races she has entered in the Port Nelson Summer Sea Swim Series. Yet Lisa has to juggle any time she has to swim around bringing up her four children aged 14, 12, 10 and one Lisa, who swims in the 40 to 49-year-old age grade, said it had been impossible to get into a regular training pattern over the school holidays. We have just had eight weeks of school holidays and we have been away for a lot of that time.'' Lisa, who moved with her family to Nelson from Haw- ke's Bay one year ago, said that during term time she tried to get in three swimming sessions a week. When I do go I'm out there at 5.30am before the children wake up.'' However, she said she was not a fan of swimming in the pool and trained there only for safety reasons because she did not think it was a good idea to swim in the sea alone at 5.30am. But I do really enjoy long distance swimming races in the open ocean.'' Lisa said she was lucky to make the start line for last Sunday's Ironman Challenge race. She spent the weekend supporting her 10-year-old daughter Sarah who was tak- ing part in the Swimming Nel- son Marlborough age group championships at the ASB Aquatic Centre in Richmond. But I managed to sneak away for a while and entered the race.'' Sarah, who swims for the Nelson Swimming Club, is also an accomplished swim- mer. She won five gold medals and one silver at the age group championships and was awarded the Margaret Young Cup for being the best girl in the 10-year-old grade at the meet. Sarah also takes part in the short distance races at the Port Nelson Summer Sea Swim Series where despite being only 10, she is in fourth position on the under-16 girls' section for the short course swims. Lisa said it was par- tially because of Sarah's inter- est in swimming that Lisa had decided to make a return to competitive swimming so they could swim together. Lisa said she had always been a swimmer. I swam when I was a child as my parents were open water swimmers in Hawke's Bay even though there were only one or two harbour swims to compete in back then.'' However, she said she had a huge break'' from the sport after having children. I only really got back into it last year.'' Lisa said she was enjoying the fact there were so many competitive events in Nelson for swimmers to take part in with options such as the Thur- sday night Port Nelson Sea Swim Series and the Cle- ments Endurance series. This is the first-ever season that I have been able to go along and do all these sea swimming races.'' SPORTS SHORTS Tour de Moutere race The Tasman Wheelers are organising the three- stage Tour de Moutere this Saturday. The race heads through the Moutere and Motueka Valley with stage one starting from Upper Moutere village at 1pm. All riders finish each stage before the next stage starts. The club's Tuesday blast heads up 88 Valley on February 19. Registration is at Papps car park in Richmond with the start at 6.30pm. The finish is at the bottom of 88 Valley Rd. Race course choices The Santa Cruz Coppermine Mountain Bike race takes place from Almond Tree Flat on the Maitai Valley Rd at 9.30am this Saturday. Competitors have the choice of two 40km courses. The epic course is aimed at experienced riders which includes a climb to 900m to the top of Fringed Hill or they can do an easier version of the route. Road runners ready Athletics Nelson's summer road running series continues on Saturday with a run from the Wakatu Hotel starting at 3.45pm for walkers and 4pm for runners. The course of about 7km heads up the Maitai Valley and Cleveland Terrace.
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