Central bowlers win
Treble Cone a winner
Treble Cone is the first winner of the award for New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort at the World Ski Awards, held in Austria over the weekend. The awards are part of the World Travel Awards, known as the ‘‘Oscars of the travel industry’’, and are marking their 20th anniversary this year. Winners are voted upon online by ski tourism executives, travel buyers, tour operators, media and skiers. Other local businesses recognised include the Hilton Queenstown for best ski hotel, Eichardts for best boutique ski hotel and Azur luxury lodge for best ski chalet.
NZ Triathlon squads
Two Wanaka triathletes have been named in Triathlon New Zealand’s High Performance Squads. Nicky Samuels and Tony Dodds, pictured, joined 10 other athletes named in the 2014 squads. The will receive funding, support and mentoring as they continue on the Tri NZ High Performance athlete pathway. Central Otago bowlers claimed top honours at the New Zealand Open in Auckland last week, when the women’s triples team of Christine Buchanan and Margaret O’Connor, from Queenstown, and Linley O’Callaghan, from Alexandra, won the title. The team beat Diane Hazelton, Bev Crowe and Karen de Jongh 13-11 in the final. Pat Houlahan, from Alexandra, and Alvin Gardiner, from Christchurch, finished runner-up in the men’s pairs.
It was amixed bag for Central Otago teams competing in the Jump Jam national championships in Auckland in the weekend. Cromwell College pupil Emily White, pictured, finished second in the individual Jump Jam Idol section, while her college team was sixth in the Year 7 and 8 novice category. Goldfields Primary School finished fourth in the Year 4-6 open category, while Remarkables Primary School finished fourth in the Strictly Jump Jam category.
NZ Open Day
Golfers everywhere are encouraged to tee-off on December 7 for the inaugural New Zealand Open Day to support the 2014 NZ Open and The First Tee – a children’s golf charity which aims to ‘‘grow great Kiwi kids through golf’’. NZ Open organisers will give away two season tickets to the 2014 NZ Open at Arrowtown to every golf club taking part.
Charity golf tournament
The Cromwell Golf Club will play host to a charity golf tournament for the Prostate Cancer Foundation on November 29. The tournament is open to teams and individuals with lots of prizes up for grabs. There will also be an auction, raffles and hidden prizes, while New Zealand entertainer Jim Hopkins will be the MC, with celebrity caddies on offer. Entries can be submitted at tossersandturners.co.nz
Central Otago BMX riders performed well at the Southland Open held recently. Alexandra BMX Club members Ben James (7 and under), and Josh Smith (12-13 years) won all five races in their respective sections, while Lachie James (9 years) also won his section. Hamish Earl (7 and under) finished second, while Leon Adair (15 years plus) was third in his section.
Junior Challenge Wanaka entries open
Entries are now open for the Junior Challenge Wanaka triathlon event being held on January 17. The triathlon is a fun event for children aged between 6 and 15 years and will include a swim in Lake Wanaka and an offroad bike and run around Pembroke and Wanaka Station parks. Age group and team winners will also get to be the balloon runners behind the Challenge Wanaka champions in the finish chute the following day. Entry forms are available from school offices or at challengewanaka.com/juniorchallenge-wanaka