Wright makes NZ moun­tain­bike team

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

Cross-coun­try moun­tain­biker Paul Wright (pic­tured) of Hawea Flat has been se­lected to race the Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onships in An­dorra from Septem­ber 1-6. He will be com­pet­ing in the un­der-19 cat­e­gory. Queen­stown rider Kate Fluker (elite women, cross coun­try) and down­hillers Alana Columb (elite women) and Mathew Gil­lan (ju­nior men) have also made the NZ team. Other cross coun­try riders in­clude Com­mon­wealth Games gold and sil­ver medal­lists An­ton Cooper and Sam Gaze (un­der-23 men) , who are chas­ing qual­i­fy­ing points and se­lec­tion to the Rio Olympics. Dunedin rider Shan­non Hope (un­der-19 women) is also in the team. The down­hill team is headed by world class pro­fes­sion­als Sam Blenk­in­sop of Wan­ganui, Brook Mac­Don­ald and cur­rent na­tional cham­pion, Ge­orge Bran­ni­gan, both from Hawke’s Bay.

Run­ner-up Cur­rie still hunt­ing USA Xterra ti­tle

Wanaka triath­lete Braden Cur­rie ex­its the James river swim course on his way to sec­ond place on Mon­day in the Xterra East cham­pi­onships in Vir­ginia. The win­ner was US ath­lete Josiah Mid­daugh in 2:24:53, about four min­utes ahead of the New Zealan­der. Cur­rie has to win both of his next two Xterra races in the US to claim the over­all ti­tle. Cur­rie says he is feel­ing pos­i­tive about his bid to be the first Kiwi to win the US Alabama] a month ago. I just have to get some solid train­ing in,’’ Cur­rie said. He joins his fam­ily in Costa Rica this week and will race the Red Bull Es­cape from Al­ca­traz multi-sport race be­fore re­turn­ing to his base in Steam­boat Springs to train for he next XTERRA se­ries race on July 18 in Colorado. The USA cham­pi­onship race is on Septem­ber 19.

Sea­gate’s Fa’avae not rac­ing 2016 God­zone

Sea­gate ad­ven­ture rac­ing team cap­tain Nathan Fa’avae has agreed to help de­sign the 2016 God­zone course in the Tas­man dis­trict, af­ter de­cid­ing to take a break from the event next year. The world cham­pion South­ern Steel net­ball play­ers (from left) Stacey Peeters, Storm Purvis and Brooke Leaver, paid a fly­ing visit to Wanaka on Satur­day. A crowd of about 100 Up­per Clutha ju­nior and in­ter­me­di­ate net­ballers turned up to see them, learn drills, and get photos and au­to­graphs. Net­ball Up­per Clutha trea­surer Carolyn Mur­ray said the play­ers were avail­able for an hour. ‘‘It was the first time I can re­mem­ber that our girls have ever seen that level of net­ball in Wanaka so it was pretty ex­cit­ing.’’ The Steel’s sea­son is over, af­ter it lost the New Zealand con­fer­ence play­offs at the end of May. Mur­ray said she only learned last Tues­day the trio were com­ing to Wanaka, so it was fan­tas­tic to get so many turn­ing up. Sev­eral other Steel play­ers spent the week­end teach­ing skills all over the dis­trict.

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