SHORT AND SHARP
Wells to see specialists
Wanaka freeskier Jossi Wells flew to Auckland yesterday to meet with specialists and have an MRI after breaking a vertebrae in his neck in competition at Thredbo, Australia. Mum Stacey said he had been in a bit of pain during the past few days after a few physio sessions but was otherwise in good spirits.
Mad man speaks
Wanaka’s ‘‘mad man’’ Mal Law will talk about his ambitious goal of climbing 50 peaks and running 50 off-road marathons in 50 days in Queenstown tomorrow. The talk is at Outside Sports between 7pm and 8pm with all funds raised going toward the Mental Health Foundation.
Gurney joins board
The non-profit trust that runs Challenge Wanaka has appointed internationally renowned adventure athlete Steve Gurney to its board of trustees. It has also announced a 23 per cent increase in entries for next February’s full distance race, the first since moving from its traditional January date. A quarter of these entries come from overseas athletes. Gurney said he was looking forward to lending his event knowledge gained from 20 years competing and speaking around the world to Lake Wanaka and the broader sporting community. The Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival attracts more than 2000 athletes. The flagship event is the Challenge Wanaka long-distance triathlon (3.8km/180km/ 42.2km).