Club plays strong
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.