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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.

Surf life-sav­ing

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.

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