Master re­turns for tilt at New Zealand ti­tles

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

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.

Photo: CHE BAKER 627653467

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.

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