Wanaka freeskiers flying high
Photo: Sharron Bennett
A gold and 3 silvers at Maadi Cup
Dunstan High School’s Macaela Turfus and Lucy Geddes won the under-17 double sculls in New Zealand’s top secondary school rowing regatta, the Maadi Cup, at Lake Karapiro last week. They were the only gold medal winners of the Central Otago representatives.
However, Turfus also won a silver medal with Sydney Cook in the under-18 lightweight double sculls. Also collecting silver medals were Mt Aspiring College student Riley Bruce in the under17 single sculls and Wakatipu High School pair Jacob Flanaghan and Dylan O’Connor were second in their under-18 double sculls. Beau James of Wanaka (pictured) was one of three Wanaka top junior freeskiers who proved themselves a force to be reckoned with at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Freestyle Skiing Junior World Championships in Italy at the weekend, with three qualifying for finals in Slopestyle. BeauJames Wells finished second place overall, Jackson Wells was fourth, and Finn Bilous was ninth. Christchurch competitor Miguel Porteous was 18th.
Northlake duathlon a fun run in rain
There was fun, smiles and laughter as children raced in the rain during the second Northlake Junior Duathlon in Wanaka on Saturday. The proceeds of the annual event are given by race organisers Sally and Braden Currie to local primary schools. This year the event generated $2700. The event finished with a slip and slide on the last leg of the run. Sponsor GJ Gardner donated over $1000 worth of prizes from Outside Sports. Winners: 5-6 years boys: Lucas Haig; 5-6 years girls: Zoe Nicholson; 7-8 years boys: Tay Simpson; 7-8 years girls: Tara Hewitt; 9-10 years boys: Sasha Parize-Baker; 9-10 years girls: Scarlett Norman.
Tour de Wakatipu
The final event in the Queenstown Bike Festival gets underway on Saturday with hundreds of cyclists taking part in the Tour de Wakatipu. The ride from Millbrook Resort to Chard Farm winery in the Gibbston Valley is one of the biggest mass participation cycling events in the South Island. Elite entries this year include national crosscountry champion Kate Fluker and multi-sport legend Steve Gurney who will race the full 45km course. There is also a 36km trail available for recreational riders and families. Prizegiving takes place at Chard Farm winery where there will also be food vendors, wine, coffee and live music. Online entries close tomorrow with limited entries on the day.
Busy weekend for triathletes
With the New Zealand Secondary Schools Triathlon in Taupo on Friday and Triathlon Auckland on Sunday, students from across the Queenstown Lakes district were put through their paces. Mount Aspiring College student Janus Staufenberg placed 2nd in U16 boys at the New Zealand champs and Phoebe Young was 2nd in U16 girls. Matthew Prince and Gregor Findlay competed in the U16 team race and finished 2nd. Leo Staufenberg placed 3rd in the U12s, Julius Staufenberg was 5th in U14s and Archie Ritchie from Wakatipu High School placed sixth. At the Auckland triathlon four boys from Mount Aspiring College took the top four spots in the super sprint triathlon with Janus Staufenberg, 1st, Prince, 2nd, Julius Staufenberg, 3rd, and Findlay, 4th. Young was 1st in the 13-15 years female longer sprint distance triathlon.
In the second week of the Central Otago Premier rugby competition at the weekend Arrowtown beat long-time rivals Wakatipu 26-10 during an at-home game. Dubbed the ‘‘Battle of the Basin’’ the game saw Arrowtown reverse its fortunes after a loss to Roxburgh the previous week. Roxburgh also had a reversal, losing to Alexandra 15-12; Maniototo beat Cromwell 46-14; Upper Clutha beat the Wakatipu Wanderers 71-0; and Matakanui Combined beat Upper Clutha B 57-12.