SHORT AND SHARPS
High fibre partnership for Winter Games
Snow Sports NZ athletes and coaches, and journalists and bloggers, stand to benefit from a permanent fibre optic cable network being installed atCardrona Alpine Resort this month. It has been designed to significantly reduce the logistical effort and cost of broadcasting live television coverage and online video streaming of the four FIS (International Ski Federation) World Cup events at Cardrona during this August’s Winter Games NZ. The fast and reliable connection will enable TV production units to be located off-site, eliminating the need to move portacoms around the mountain and risk damaging surface-lying cables. The project also enables Snow Sports NZ athletes and coaches to review training videos on the chairlift. High Performance Sport NZ performance and technique analyst Paul McAlpine believes it is the first permanent wi-fi video analysis system for a high performance snow sports team anywhere in the world. The investment is a partnership between Cardrona, Snow Sports NZ and Winter Games NZ.
Swimmers raised $5400 for Hamish
New Zealand representative swimmer Hamish McLean, 15, and his parents Claire and Alister are grateful for the support of Wanaka’s swimming community, which raised $5400 on Sunday so McLean can compete at the IPC World Championships in Glasgow in July. About 60 people attended an auction at the Wanaka District Club, with club members also presenting McLean with a $500 cheque. Claire McLean said it has been ‘‘outstanding and humbling’’ to receive the support of businesses and the Wanaka and Queenstown communities. McLean hopes to qualify for the Rio Paralympics in 2016 and has a personal goal of achieving merits or excellence in his NCEA level 1 subjects at Mt Aspiring College this year. McLean was born with achondroplasia (dwarfism) and has been swimming since he was four. He competes in the S6
Burglary investigations ongoing
Wanaka police are continuing to investigate two hotel burglaries in the past month. Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell said a positive line of inquiry is being followed into the theft of an undisclosed amount of cash from the Lake Hawea Hotel safe overnight on Monday May 4. Some damage to the entry of the hotel occurred. Two weeks prior to that, bottles of liquor were stolen in a ‘‘smash and grab’’ through the front window of the Albert Town Tavern. Grindell said that was a different ‘‘modus operandi’’ and the cases were being looked at in isolation, although links were not being discounted. The Lake Hawea burglary had ‘‘certainly not been put to bed’’ and Grindell was reluctant to discuss it further for now, or reveal the amount stolen.