Nelson Leader : March 28th 2013
33 THE NELSON LEADER, MARCH 28, 2013 SPORT 5234840AA A big "thanks" to you! We're Nelson --Tasman's Community Newspaper #1 It's fact: Our Leaders have the largest geographical reach and are the most read community papers in the region. * As independently surveyed by Neilsen Media Research 2012 49, 000 people will read one of our Community Leaders today, not to mention the viewers on our Online Edition Get your business in front of them, call your multi media advertising expert today 03 546 2835 www. nelsonmail.co.nz/digital-editions Cash rolls in for family's skate chance Ready to roll: Keiko Bamba with daughters, Mitsuko, left, and Hayley, right, who are heading to Sydney for the Oceania Roller Skating Championships next week. Photo: PHIL BARNES By PHIL BARNES Along series of sausage sizzles and raffles has enabled Stoke mother Keiko Bamba and daughters Hayley and Mitsuko to travel to Sydney next week to com- pete in the Oceania Roller Skating Championships. And while Hayley, 16, and Mit- suko, 13, will be representing New Zealand, Keiko, 56, will be represen- ting Japan. Keiko has represented Japan once previously when she finished sixth in the masters figure skating section in Auckland and Hayley has repres- ented New Zealand twice with a best place of third in Whanganui in 2010. However, although Mitsuko has competed for Nelson, she has been too young to skate for New Zealand until this year. So when Mitsuko and Hayley both qualified to compete in the Oceania champs through a selection trial in Whanganui last year and Keiko qualified to skate for Japan, Keiko said it was a bit too expensive to pay for three members of the family to compete in Sydney. Consequently the only option was to organise some fundraising. Our old friend Peter Ransfield helped us organise several sausage sizzles outside supermarkets as we had no experience of doing it,'' Keiko said. She said they also organised some raffles to help reduce the costs of the trip. Hayley and Mitsuko, who both go to Nayland College, said they had been training four times a week in preparation for the championships. Keiko will compete in the masters figure skating division in Sydney. Hayley will compete in the youth section and Mitsuko in the cadet sec- tion. Women's tri attracts big field Two of Nelson's major sporting events are taking place in April. The Taylors Nelson Women's Triathlon is now a quarter of a cen- tury old and continues its evolution on April 7 with the same successful format. Beginning with a 5km run or 3km walk along the Maitai Valley, com- petitors then switch to their cycles for 14km on the road and end with 4 lengths of Riverside Pool. Numbers are nearing 400 already so another huge field comprising women of all ages and abilities will again be on the Branford Park start- line. Trail running also remains popu- lar with a field of 400 set to compete in the Alpine Lodge Loop the Lake circuit around Lake Rotoiti in Nelson Lakes National Park on April 20. The Furneaux Lodge Captain Cook's Landing along the Queen Charlotte Track on July 20 is also a sellout. And the Abel Tasman Coastal Classic, which celebrates its 20th anniversary on September 28, is poised to join the sold out club'' as all 400 spots for the challenging 40km from Totaranui back to Mara- hau are almost gone with the waiting list about to be started. Meanwhile, entries open in mid- April for the Haven Realty Sanctu- ary Run or Walk on August 24. Set in the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary and surrounds, there are two options -- a challenging 25km course or shorter, less demanding 14km. For details of all events go to nelsonevents.co.nz.
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