Wright broth­ers pur­sue sport suc­cess

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - MAR­JORIE COOK

While Paul Wright, 19, chases the sun around the world on his moun­tain bike, his younger brother Camp­bell, 15, has cho­sen the snow hound’s back-to-back win­ter life­style.

Paul has been study­ing a premed course at Wil­son College in North Carolina this year and re­turned to his par­ent’s home at Hawea Flat, near Wanaka, two months ago to pre­pare for the 2018 un­der-23 Na­tional and Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onships.

On Satur­day Paul won the 75km Ban­nock­burn Gut­buster ti­tle, af­ter a 3 hour 15 minute blast through the Ne­vis Val­ley, with Alexan­dra’s Mike Sang­ster, 24, and Arrowtown’s Richard Dun­nett, 28, in hot pur­suit.

Mean­while, Camp­bell has been calmly roller-skiing around Wanaka’s streets at dawn, pre­par­ing for a three month north­ern hemi­sphere win­ter so­journ in Italy and Canada.

The year 10 Mt As­pir­ing College stu­dent is work­ing on se­lec­tion for the 2020 Youth Olympics in Switzer­land. He flies out on De­cem­ber 10 for his sec­ond north­ern hemi­sphere sea­son and will be trav­el­ling with the Aus­tralian ju­nior ski team and stay­ing with a Cana­dian host fam­ily in On­tario.

Dur­ing the 2016 north­ern hemi­sphere win­ter, Camp­bell as­tounded him­self by com­pet­ing strongly in On­tario club com­pe­ti­tion, tak­ing wins and sec­ond places and rank­ing 11 at Canada’s Eastern Cham­pi­onships.

Camp­bell said to rise through the On­tario age group ranks was a big deal be­cause he did not – and still does not – have a lot of age group com­pe­ti­tion at home, apart from year 13 MAC stu­dent Louis Jones.

Dur­ing the 2017 NZ win­ter, Camp­bell manned up to race ath­letes twice his age and size.

‘‘I sound pretty good on pa­per. This year I have won the na­tion­als, the Merino Muster 21km and at the Win­ter Games I was pretty happy with re­sults, con­sid­er­ing I was the youngest there by quite a bit’’.

Mean­while, Paul’s Com­mon­wealth Games and World Cup am­bi­tions have been some­what dis­rupted, following two shoul­der in­juries in 2016 and his de­ci­sion to study in the United States in 2017, which meant he did not com­pete in last year’s Na­tion­als or Ocea­nias.

This sea­son, Paul is determined to get the points he needs for a good start in the 2018 World Cup se­ries. He is tar­get­ing the New Zealand Road Na­tion­als in Napier in Jan­uary.

MAR­JORIE COOK

Sport­ing broth­ers Paul Wright, un­der-23 NZ rep moun­tain­biker, and Camp­bell Wright, un­der-18 NZ rep cross coun­try skier.

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