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Columb gets call-up

Queen­stown’s Scott Columb is pack­ing his bags for Europe where he will cap­tain Team New Zealand at the ‘‘Olympic Games of mo­tocross’’, the an­nual Mo­tocross of Na­tions in Latvia, at the end of Septem­ber. The 30-year-old is a for­mer na­tional cham­pion and has pre­vi­ously raced at the in­ter­na­tional event in 2008 and 2009 where the New Zealand team were eighth and 11th. He re­ceived the last minute call-up to fill in for cur­rent na­tional MX1 cham­pion Cody Cooper, who is in­jured. Photo by Andy McGechan, Bike­ the Re­mark­ables Ski Field ac­cess road on Satur­day, run­ning the 13km road and com­plet­ing 1284 ver­ti­cal me­tres. Wanaka ath­lete An­drew Town was the fastest runner in 1hr 22min, about seven min­utes shy of the record set by mul­tisporter Nathan Fa’aeve last year. Queen­stown ath­lete Roland Meyer was sec­ond in 1hr 28min, ahead of Wanaka runner Nick Cane in 1hr 31min. Fastest woman was Queen­stowner Tanya Stone in 1hr 51min. Some run­ners also ran a 5.5km course to the top. The event raised over $1000 for the Can­cer So­ci­ety.

Top freeski com­pe­ti­tion

The North Face Freeski Open of New Zealand gets un­der way at Cardrona this week. The event cel­e­brates its 10th year of com­pe­ti­tion with slopestyle, half­pipe and big moun­tain events. Lo­cal com­peti­tors in­clude Wanaka’s Wells broth­ers, Jan­ina Kuzuma, Sam Smoothy and Char­lie Lyons. Other stars are trav­el­ling from Aus­tralia, the United King­dom and Swe­den.

Gym­nast off to champs

Queen­stown Gym­nas­tics Club mem­ber Ana-Carolina Lozano, 10, has been named in the South­land Gym­sports Team to com­pete at the Na­tional Gym­Sports Cham­pi­onships in Auck­land in Oc­to­ber. It is the first time in nine years Queen­stown has been rep­re­sented at the cham­pi­onship. Ana-Carolina (Carol) will com­pete in the women’s artis­tic gym­nas­tics step 5 com­pe­ti­tion against other girls from around the coun­try. Carol has been trav­el­ling reg­u­larly to In­ver­cargill to train and com­pete as part of the South­land Re­gional Devel­op­ment Squad whilst also train­ing three times a week in Queen­stown.

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