Ath­letes gather for transtas­man clash

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Mor­gan

Young ath­letes from around the Auck­land re­gion nar­rowly missed out on re­claim­ing the Transtas­man Chal­lenge ath­let­ics ti­tle from arch ri­vals New South Wales at Waitakere Sta­dium on Sun­day.

The an­nual event, which al­ter­nates be­tween Auck­land and Syd­ney, sees the best 10 and 11-year-olds from both ar­eas clash­ing for the ti­tle.

Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Rodger Brick­land says New South Wales got the bet­ter of the Auck­lan­ders in the field events.

“We were very strong in the dis­tance run­ning this year.”

Brick­land says they were also dis­ad­van­taged by in­juries sus­tained by ath­letes at the North Is­land Col­gate Games held at Mt Smart Sta­dium last week.

While Auck­land last won the ti­tle in 2008, he says the lo­cal kids are al­ways go­ing to be dis­ad­van­taged be­cause New South Wales has a big­ger pop­u­la­tion base to choose from.

“We do pretty well con­sid­er­ing the size of the two ar­eas.”

He says there was a good spread of chil­dren from around the Auck­land re­gion, with some ath­letes from other parts of the up­per North Is­land tak­ing part.

One of the most suc­cess­ful ath­letes on the day was Maiya Chris­tini from the Pt Che­va­lier Ath­let­ics Club, who won gold in the 11-year-old girls 800 me­tres and 1500m, along with the 400m re­lay race.

Next year the event re­turns to Syd­ney.

Pho­tos: FIONA GOODALL

Golden girl: Pt Che­va­lier Ath­let­ics Club’s Maiya Chris­tini won gold in the 11-yearold girls 800m, 1500m and 400m re­lay.

Go girl: Madi­son Young-When­uaroa of Roskill South Ath­let­ics gives it her all in the 11-year-old girls 100m fi­nal.

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