Wanaka freeskiers fly­ing high

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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.

Rugby re­sults

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.

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