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, BikesportNZ.com 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.