Club plays strong

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Ti­tahi Bay Am­a­teur Ath­let­ics Club ( TBAAC) brought home over 40 medals and pen­nants from the re­cent North Is­land Col­gate Games and will now turn their at­ten­tion to the Welling­ton cham­pi­onships in March.

The club’s pres­i­dent, Lafaele Lupo, says their ef­fort at the Col­gates in Hast­ings was ‘‘ab­so­lutely bril­liant’’, with many per­sonal bests achieved.

Fifty TBAAC ath­letes took part, 18 in the seven-to-nineyear-old di­vi­sion and 32 in the 10-to-14-year-old sec­tion.

The per­for­mances of 10-year- old Grace Hunter, who won four in­di­vid­ual medals (gold in 100m and long jump, sil­ver in high jump, bronze in 200m) and one for a re­lay (4 x 100m), and of 12-year-old Fa’ao­lataga Tau, who won four gold medals ( 100m, 200m, 400m and 4 x 100m re­lay) were par­tic­u­larly out­stand­ing.

Lupo says the ap­point­ment of three new coaches to TBAAC, in­clud­ing na­tion­ally ranked hur­dler, Nick Kalavati, shows they are in­vest­ing in the fu­ture of their ath­letes.

‘‘This is part of our de­sire to give our kids the chance to de­velop prop­erly, we want to be pro­fes­sional in our ap­proach and this will ex­pose them to a much higher level of train­ing.

‘‘We’re right in the mid­dle of our sea­son and yet we’re still get­ting new reg­is­tra­tions. The club is surg­ing along.’’

Mean­while, Lupo says they will meet with Porirua City Coun­cil, hope­fully in the com­ing days, over plans to build an all­weather ath­let­ics track.

Mooted for some time, he says it will be good for the pro­posal to gain some trac­tion and it can only ben­e­fit the tal­ented ath­letes Porirua al­ready has.

Dis­cus­sion around pos­si­ble sites could be a way off, al­though Els­don Park is firm­ing as an early favourite.

Cham­pion club: Mem­bers of Ti­tahi Bay Am­a­teur Ath­let­ics Club, who faith­fully at­tend train­ing at Kura St dur­ing the week, rep­re­sented their club and com­mu­nity with pride in Hast­ings re­cently.

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