Top ath­letes tri-ing

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By BROOKE GAR­DINER

Some of the big­gest names in New Zealand triathlon are ex­pected to turn out to com­pete at Par­adise this week­end. Par­adise Triathlon or­gan­iser Adrian Bai­ley said although triath­letes were typ­i­cally slow to reg­is­ter them­selves for events, he ex­pected an­other im­pres­sive lineup in the third event in the Out­side Sports spon­sored fivepart triathlon se­ries. ‘‘I’m not 100 per cent sure yet but I am ex­pect­ing Olympian Nicky Sa­muels and her hus­band Steve Gould and lo­cal ath­letes Thijs Hub­ber, Adam Wil­son and Fynn Thompson to com­pete.’’ Wil­son re­cently qual­i­fied for the world long course triathlon cham­pi­onships in France in June and young emerg­ing tal­ent Thompson is fresh from two wins in the 16- to 17-year-old male sec­tion of the Con­tact Tri Se­ries held in Christchurch and Wanaka this month. Hub­ber is sit­ting fifth in the open male di­vi­sion of the Con­tact spon­sored se­ries. The triathlon is one of two of­froad events in the se­ries and of­fers ath­letes the rare op­por- tu­nity to com­pete at Par­adise, near Glenorchy. ‘‘There is a nov­elty in do­ing a race at Par­adise in the shadow of Mt Earnslaw.’’ With the multi-sport and triathlon cal­en­dar con­stantly ex­pand­ing, ath­letes have more race op­tions than ever be­fore but Bai­ley be­lieves the stun­ning set­ting of the races he or­gan­ises helps to bring the com­peti­tors back year af­ter year. And, the scenery makes it a lot eas­ier to at­tract the al­limpor­tant vol­un­teers, he said. ‘‘They are nice places and it helps be­cause peo­ple ac­tu­ally want to come out and en­joy them.’’ Last year the event, which also in­cludes two duathlon and two run op­tions, at­tracted about 240 com­peti­tors.


Pow­ered up: Christchurch power­boat driver Ray­mond Hart be­hind the wheel as ‘‘The Boss’’ kicks up a huge plume of wake in a re­cent prac­tice run for Queen­stown’s New Zealand Power­boat Fed­er­a­tion Fes­ti­val of Speed event to be held in March.

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