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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).

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