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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.

En­tries rock­et­ing

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.

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