School’s rowing trophy
Wakatipu High School won the inaugural Bell Trophy at the South Island Secondary Schools rowing champs at Lake Ruataniwha on the weekend. The trophy was awarded for highest number of points. Difficult weather conditions saw Sunday’s racing cancelled, including many finals. However, the school still brought home a gold for the girls under-18 novice coxed eight of M Jolly, M Campbell, S Gibson, T Allan, H Westenra, S Hotop, O Woodham, J Dicker and B Gibson, while Cam Murphy was second in the girls under-16 single sculls. Mt Aspiring College’s Riley Bruce, was first in the boys under-17 single scull.
Peters wins gold
Wanaka Paralympian Corey Peters won back-to-back gold medals at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Canada last week. He has added the Super-G and downhill medals to a growing collection of medals that includes a silver from Sochi in 2014.
Eight-time Race to Sky winner Monster Tajima of Japan is the man to beat at this year’s event.
Organisers are reporting an ‘‘overwhelming response’’ from 150 interested competitors for the motorsport event at Cardrona in April. More than 80 competitors have already paid the entry fee. Entries close March 17.
Course record broken
Arrowtown club member Jo Hicks-Beach broke the women’s course record last Thursday at the club’s annual tournament.
The Otago representative player is on a four handicap and scored a 70 off the stick (nett 66).
Hicks-Beach, a 31-year-old chef, hopes to reclaim the Otago champion of champions title she won last year.
Kuzma defends sport
Wanaka skier Janina Kuzma has hit out at accusations there has been a ‘‘lack of progression’’ in women’s freestyle skiing in the past 12 months. An article published during the X Games in January by a prominent commentator expressed disappointment at the quality of competition for women and questioned whether it had a place at the top level of freeskiing. Kuzma, who is the top ranked halfpipe freeskiing woman in the world said it was unfair as there had been progress in the way women were spinning and flipping in the pipe.
Pioneering bike race
The inaugural Pioneer mountainbike race will be raced across the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Queenstown in January. A week-long endurance event, it will cover more than 560km and 23,000m of climbing. The Government has spent $1.2 million supporting the event over three years while it aims to attract top mountainbikers from around the world. There will also be a 60km Pioneer stage race from Snow Farm to Queenstown on February 6 and a 20km ride option from Arrowtown. It is being promoted by Lagardare.