New Zealand karate championships
Central Otago’s samurai karate kids achieved top results at the recent New Zealand Samurai Karate Championships in Queenstown. Gold medals were won by Charis Morrell and Aja Tate-Bell, both from Alexandra, Sophie McNee, Kobe Townsend, Seth Mawhinney, all from Queenstown, Jordan Kent, from Arrowtown and Michael Manson and Emma Henderson, both from Cromwell.
National Super G championships
Wanaka-based ski-racer Piera Hudson and Queenstown’s Nick Prebble are the national women’s and men’s Super G titleholders after claiming the titles at the New Zealand championships at Mt Hutt. Prebble placed second overall with a time of 51:81 behind Poland’s Maciej Bydlinksi in 51.24, while Hudson’s time of 56.47 put her in fourth place overall, but the first New Zealander. Harriet Miller-Brown, from Queenstown, was the third placed New Zealand woman.
National swimming championships
Nine Central Otago and Southern Lakes swimmers are competing at the 2013 New Zealand Short Course Championships in Wellington. Sophie Gibson, Patrick Harris, Nikayla Bolch and Rebekah Paul are representing Queenstown, Jack Harrison is representing Cromwell, Sophie Fairbairn and Hamish McLean are representing Wanaka, and Emma Dick and Campbell Pearson are representing Alexandra. The championships started on Sunday and finish tomorrow. Following the championships, Campbell Pearson, from Alexandra and Sophie Gibson, from Queenstown will be part of the South Island team competing in the first Zonal Championships.
Schumacher car at Highlands
The Benetton 191 Cosworth formula one car which launched seven times world champion Michael Schumacher’s driving career will be on show at the Highlands Motorsport Park during its first major racing event from November 8 to 10. The car Schumacher drove in the 1991 Italian Grand Prix is now owned by Highlands Motorsport Park owner Tony Quinn and will be on display in New Zealand for the first time.
Former Cromwell and New Zealand Olympic swimmer Andy McMillan has helped the New Zealand surf-living team claim second place at the International Surf Rescue Challenge in Japan last weekend.