Master returns for tilt at New Zealand titles
More than 15 years after putting down the discus and javelin Clyde man Pete Hoskin is in the hunt for his first New Zealand Master titles in the two disciplines. Hoskin will take part in the javelin, discus and shot put during the New Zealand Masters Track and Field in Wellington between March 1 and 4. Hoskin said the last time he competed at the event was in 1995 when he won a bronze medal in the 800m track event. However, after a break of over 15 years he decided last year to try his hand in field events. His first success was in October when he competed in the throwing events at the South Island Masters Games in Timaru. He placed first in the three events for 65 to 70 years. Now it’s time to step up and compete with the ‘‘big boys’’, Mr Hoskin said. While Mr Hoskin will be competing as an individual he will compete in Otago colours. However, training too hard and too long for the competition has left Mr Hoskin with a ‘‘decent dose of tennis elbow’’. ‘‘If I was to come home with a placing, I’ll be ecstatic,’’ he said. He urged anyone thinking about picking up a masters sport or was willing to start training to get in contact with him.
Golden glow: Wakatipu and Wanaka Rowing Clubs were thrilled to win gold medals at the New Zealand Club Rowing Championships in Twizel at the weekend. The Wanaka club claimed its first national title with the men’s under19 coxed four of (pictured, from left) coxswain Hamish Roulston, Nick Jackson, Jarrod Wellman, James Redai and Jamie Bowley, coached by Dave Varney, putting in a polished performance. The Wakatipu men’s novice four of George Dennison, Latham Jones, Reid Long, Logan Boyd and coxswain Henry Matthews won their gold medal by two boat lengths. It was the club’s first gold medal in more than 10 years.
Throwing ambition: Sixty-nine year old Clyde man Pete Hoskin will attempt to turn his three South Island Masters Games gold medals in the javelin, shot put and discus, into New Zealand titles this weekend.