Nelson Leader : March 28th 2013
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Final push of race The final race of the Tasman Wheelers Tuesday Night Blast series takes place on April 2 on the Hope circuit starting at Haycock Rd at 6.15pm. Cyclists will race varying number of laps of nearly 5km according to their grade with the A grade racing seven laps. Athletic open day Athletics Nelson and Waimea Harriers are holding a combined opening day for the winter season on Saturday, April 6. The event will be a two-person relay in which the fastest and slowest runners and walkers will be teamed up. Those taking part should meet at the ASB Aquatic Centre for a 2.30pm start. Now it's winter training Top season: Port Nelson Sea Swim series open women's winner Lisa Birkett and Matai McGuinniety, who won the under-16 short course division. Photo: SIMON BLOOMBERG By PHIL BARNES The endless summer encouraged a record 450 swimmers to take part in this season's Port Nelson Sum- mer Sea Swim Series. Swimmers took part from as far afield as Marlborough and Golden Bay and for the long-distance races in the Clements Endurance Series they came from as far away as Christchurch and Wellington. Such was the popularity of the series that a record 179 swimmers took part one night and an average of 153 swimmers competed for each of the 15 nights of the series. The final points were calculated from each swimmer's best 10 swims of the series. Eighteen-year-old Kaiori McGuinniety won the open men's grade, winning all 10 of the races he entered to notch a maxi- mum tally of 100 points. He was closely followed by 15-year-old Luke Kelly who won the last four races in the series to finish with 91 points, and the consistent Matt Hansen who managed four second placings, three thirds and a fourth for 81 points. In the women's section Lisa Birkett recorded eight firsts and two second plac- ings to win the division with a near- maximum 98 points. Grace Woodall fin- ished second on 91 points closely followed by Amy Coulton on 90. Terry Bone was equally dominant in the short swim series with a late run of victories enabling him to overtake Wes- ley Harris and finish with 10 wins in the open division. Julia Garde won the open women's div- ision, finishing with a near-perfect 99 points ahead of Jane Alloway and Han- nah Brown. The end of the sea swimming season means a break from competition for some, but others have a busy winter planned. Fifteen-year-old Luke will be commit- ted to swimming and cross-country run- ning. He said he would train about eight times a week through the winter in the pool with Nelson South Swimming Club and hoped to qualify for the short-course nationals in freestyle and butterfly. However, he is also part of Greg Lautenslager's National Academy of Dis- tance Running and ran personal best times of 2min 6sec for the 800 metres and 4min 33sec for the 1500 metres at the Tasman secondary schools athletic cham- pionships earlier this month. He now plans to run the cross-country season with the intention of qualifying for the national secondary schools champs in Christchurch. I also do triathlons and will be doing the National Aquathlon championship this weekend,'' he said. Luke said he wanted to keep going with both sports as long as possible even though it was tiring. Kaiori, who finished school in Decem- ber, missed the end of the sea swim series because he had qualified to take part in last week's open pool swimming cham- pionships in Auckland. He has now moved to Christchurch for his gap year where he will swim with the Wharenui Club because he is keen to spend the year swimming in a more com- petitive environment. Matai McGuinniety, 12, will continue his swimming in the pool during winter but he also wants to find time to play football and basketball, which he plays at rep level for Nelson. Lisa, who also dominated this sum- mer's long-distance swimming Clements Endurance Series, also has a background as a triathlete, having completed in the world championships in 2009. She said her next focus would be on the autumn duathlon series at Rabbit Island which she would do with her family.
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