Nelson Leader : February 28th 2013
30 THE NELSON LEADER, FEBRUARY 28, 2013 SPORT Seasoned seniors seek win Veteran triathletes: Last year's winning seniors' team: From left, Ned Smith, Bill Revell and Wayne Leighton. Photo: SIMON BLOOMBERG By PHIL BARNES Though the focus on this Saturday s Nelson Mail Team Triathlon Challenge is on introducing beginners to the sport, the event will still have its competitive side. Main organiser Peter Gibbs said that even though all of the event s substantial prize pool would be for spot rather than performance- based prizes, it was impossible to curtail the competitive instinct in many of those taking part. The race format is based on each member of a three-person team completing a course consisting of a 300m swim, 8km bike ride and 3km run. Each team member has to complete their leg before tagging the next team member. The event is particularly com- petitive in the senior category, which is for teams who have a combined age of more than 180 years -- meaning the average age of the competitors must be more than 60.Four teams have entered this section, proving age is no barrier to fitness. They include Peter s team, where the 64-year-old is joined by Ben Van Dyke, 62, and Murray Tewnion, 58. Ben won a gold medal at World Aquathon Championships last year and all three members have won medals in their age groups at vari- ous world triathlon championships. But they will face fierce compe- tition from the teams of Ned Smith, 60, Colin Wragg, 66 and Bill Revell, 56, as well as the team of Malcolm Anderson, 55, Bruce Wacker, 66, and Martin Thompson, 60. Ned is competing in a major triathlon in San Diego in April and like Martin and several other senior triathletes is keen to qualify for the World Triathlon Champion- ships in London in September. Bruce, a retired engineer from Colorado, who now spends much of his time training for triathlons, chose to settle in Nelson as a result of a casual conversation with five- time Coast to Coast winner Rich- ard Ussher at an event in the United States. The oldest team comprises the ageless Kerry Bateman, 77, Tom Dunn, 70, and Brian McGurk, 54. Though Kerry has been doing multisport for years, Tom has been a hard-tackling midfielder for Motueka Football Club for many years and, like Brian, has come into triathlons through a swim- ming background and both are reg- ular entrants in the Port Nelson Summer Sea Swim Series. Brian, who is a senior Nelson police commander, was so keen to retain his No 2 race number for future seasons of the sea swim series that he offered to pay to be part of the series last year even though he was away volunteering with the New Zealand provincial reconstruction team in Afghani- stan. Peter said he expected Saturday s triathlon to be similarly competitive in all the age groups. For example, race entries show some high-quality women s teams such as Team TRX comprising Pogo Paterson McAuley, Mandy Ste- phens and Susie Wood, and Tas- man Gold Mermaids consisting of Jude Vincent, Lucy Newberry and Eileen Searle. The race takes place around the Nelson Marina at 8.30am. It starts from the floating jetty in front of the Nelson Rowing Club and finishes at the boat launch ramp in Akersten St. Programme for beginner runners to try Nelson Marlborough Insti- tute of Technology student Sara-lee Tuson has devel- oped an eight-week beginner level running programme starting next week. Sara-lee said there were a variety of barriers to getting involved in exercise so she hoped her Running Your Resolution programme would help encourage people to have a go. Often people are scared they will do something wrong and injure them- selves or lack support or have no-one to participate with, she said. So I have designed the programme for anyone who wants to try running for the first time or perhaps used to run but stopped due to fam- ily commitments or what- ever reason. The programme runs over eight weeks and is based at Saxton Field in Stoke. Sara-lee said participants would walk or run on the athletics track during the first session to measure their present fitness level and would be able to gauge their progress as time went by.During the series, the group would hear from vari- ous speakers offering advice about technique and main- taining momentum. Sara-lee is in her final six months of a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation degree. Developing the running programme is part of her study requirements. I had to work alongside an organisation and identify a need within that area. So I chose to work with the Nel- son Tasman Get Moving project, she said. The project aims to get more people cycling, walk- ing and running on a daily basis for recreation and sport. However while there are cycling and walking programmes, there isn t much for beginner running. Sara-lee said she took up running because it was something she could do at her own pace, without com- mitment to a gym member- ship: I can put my iPod on and go for a run, with run- ning you always feel rewarded afterward. Running Your Resolution is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm at the Saxton athletics track. The series begins on March 4. See the Get Moving website to register: get-moving.org.nz or on registration forms on fliers at selected locations. Battle gamers clean up By PHIL BARNES Licensed to kill: Jamie Auld of Nelson in the Airsoft Nationals. Photo: RILEY BAKER ' Tactics, teamwork and stealth are more important than brute force. But it's teamwork that wins it for us. ' Jamie Auld Airsoft exponent Airsoft exponent Jamie Auld has won the individual marksman trophy and Nelson teams finished second and third at the Airsoft Nationals in Christchurch earlier this month. Another Nelson player, Joe Fraser, won the trophy for outstanding sports- manship. Jamie, who is the Nelson squad leader, has been playing the sport for 10 years. He said the game was an adult version of paintball. Participants eliminate opponents by hitting each other with plastic pellets shot from replica firearms. We all wear camouflage and our projectiles are only tiny plastic pellets weighing 0.2 grams. So it s a lot safer than paintball and we don t have to worry about our gear getting dirty through paint. Twelve teams took part in the event with one team travelling from Aust- ralia to compete. This was because replica firearms are banned in Australia. Jamie said the championship tro- phy consisted of three events. Firstly, there was a time trial in which the team had to go through a set path and fight their way past hidden enemies in an effort to record the best time. Secondly, there was a mixed skills event which was a mixture of target shooting and hostage rescuing. Thirdly, there was a close quarters battle (often referred to as CQB) tour- nament. Jamie s team, Nelson Airsoft Ham- merhead, won the trial event and the CQB tournament and the other Nel- son, Nelson Airsoft Makos, team was second in the CQB. The Makos finished second overall and the Hammerheads third in the event won by Wellington. The Nelson teams have always done really well but this time we cleaned up, Jamie said. Tactics, teamwork and stealth are more important than brute force. But it s teamwork that wins it for us. Jamie said the game first started in Japan but began in Nelson about 12 years ago. But now we have games every weekend and sometimes on both days and we play all around the region. Jamie said when they used to hold nationals it ended up being more of a get together of like-minded people with a common interest. However, the sport was now played at a reasonably high level in most medium-sized cities up and down the country, so the nationals were becom- ing a genuinely competitive event. Nelson has a player base of about 50 but we have lots of people on the fringes too, Jamie said. He said it costs about $700 for a player to equip themselves with a uni- form and gun. While the gun is an imitation of a real weapon, it is not made to fire real bullets. One of the benefits of playing air- soft is that the ammunition is rela- tively cheap as it costs $20 for 4000 shots, he said. Anyone interested can contact Jamie on 021 237 6586.
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