Qtown triath­lete moves to Cam­bridge


Promis­ing Queenstown triath­lete Reuben Thomp­son won’t be miss­ing icy roads and rid­ing in gloves when he re­lo­cates to Cam­bridge next month.

The 16-year-old quit Wakatipu High School last week and will move to St Peter’s Cam­bridge to train for the Youth Olympics.

The change hap­pened quickly, Thomp­son said.

He vis­ited St Peter’s School, with its 40 hectares of fa­cil­i­ties, while in the town for the road cy­cling na­tional champs in May.

‘‘A swim­ming coach asked for my per­sonal bests - that was sorted within 10 min­utes.

‘‘Then a run­ning coach had a yarn.

‘‘It all hap­pened so quick,’’ he said.

The school had a velo­drome, a 10-lane out­door pool and six-lane in­door pool and a run­ning track on the site.

The velo­drome was avail­able to stu­dents for 400 hours a year.

‘‘Hav­ing fa­cil­i­ties at the site will be great.’’

Thomp­son will rub shoul­ders with Olympians and some of the coun­try’s top triath­letes.

Ryan Sis­sons, Dan Hoy and Tony Dodds will be coach­ing and train­ing at the same fa­cil­i­ties daily.

‘‘In the sum­mer the rid­ing here was re­ally nice but mov­ing to Cam­bridge I will be sur­rounded by all these top-level ath­letes that I can do my thing with,’’ he said.

Thomp­son won’t miss train­ing dur­ing Queenstown win­ters.

‘‘It’s hard be­cause you get home from school at 4pm and the sun is al­ready gone, but I used to get around it.’’

Thomp­son was ‘‘ex­cited but ner­vous’’ about the move to the North Is­land.

He knew three peo­ple in Cam­bridge, but was con­fi­dent he would meet like-minded stu­dents.

‘‘I’ve got one friend here who does a bit of tri, but up there it will be tonnes of them,’’ he said.

He was hop­ing to get one of two triathlon spots in the Youth Olympics rep­re­sent­ing Ocea­nia, with qual­i­fi­ca­tion in March next year.

A key fo­cus would be on im­prov­ing swim­ming skills.

‘‘I will smash some ses­sions at the pool and have a stel­lar swim.’’

Thomp­son’s par­ents will be fi­nan­cially sup­port­ing him for the re­main­der of the year and he plans to ap­ply for a scholarship for the last year in high school.

Thomp­son starts at the new school on July 24.


Queenstown triath­lete Reuben Thomp­son is mov­ing to Cam­bridge in July.


Ath­lete Reuben Thomp­son was ex­cited to train and study at St Peter’s School.

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