Wright makes NZ mountainbike team
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.