Throw­ers thrive at Ti­tahi Bay club

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Top shot­put­ters Tom Walsh and Jacko Gill would both be smil­ing from ear to ear at the throw­ing tal­ent com­ing out of the Ti­tahi Bay Ath­let­ics Club.

Club rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tina Ti­u­malu said last sea­son was one of the most suc­cess­ful sea­sons for the club, with medal plac­ings and records – no­tably for ath­letes com­pet­ing in the throw­ing events.

At the an­nual Welling­ton Ath­letic Cham­pi­onships event held at New­town Park in March, five Welling­ton cham­pi­onship records were bro­ken by th­ese young, tal­ented throw­ers, she said.

‘‘Start­ing with gifted young­ster Nels­son Ti­u­malu in the [un­der-8] shot­put 1.5kg, throw­ing 9.57m,’’ she said.

This beat the record by more than a me­tre.

‘‘I’m told that this throw is not his per­sonal best in ath­letic terms, so we will def­i­nitely watch this name com­ing through the ranks.’’

This was fol­lowed by his cousin Dante Ford-Tu­veve throw­ing 33.39m in the un­der-9 dis­cus. ‘‘Not only did he break the ex­ist­ing record throw of 30.70m, held for 24 years by rugby star Thomas Wal­drom, this was the

CLUB REG­IS­TRA­TIONS

Club reg­is­tra­tions are be­ing held at Kura Park: Fri­day, Oct 13, 5.30-6.30pm; Satur­day, Oct 14, 9.30-11.30am; Fri­day, Oct 20, 5.30-6.30pm; Satur­day Oct 21, 9.30-11.30am The club of­fers the ath­let­ics pro­gramme through the nurs­ery grade, held on a Satur­day morn­ing, and the ju­nior grade, age 7 to 15, held on a Fri­day night. The sea­son starts in Novem­ber with Re­gional In­ter­club Events. See https://www.face­book.com/ Ti­tahi-Bay- Am­a­teur-Ath­letic- ClubInc- first year that Dante has com­peted in ath­let­ics.’’

Nels­son and Dante also won gold in the dis­cus and shot­put events re­spec­tively at the event.

Va’a Tui won the un­der-10, 2kg shot­put, and also won shot­put gold in the North Is­land Col­gate Games held in Jan­uary in Hast­ings.

Ti­u­malu said Zion Trig­gerFaitele smashed the ex­ist­ing records by over 2m when he won gold in both the un­der-14 5kg shot­put and the un­der-14 dis­cus.

This fol­lowed him win­ning gold in the shot­put and sil­ver in the dis­cus at the North Is­land Col­gate Games.

‘‘To cap off the bril­liant throw­ing sea­son for the club, Nels­son Ti­u­malu and Zion Trig­ger-Faitele were both fi­nal­ists in the ju­nior boys throw­ers cat­e­gory at the Welling­ton Ath­let­ics Awards held in May.

Zion won the award, be­ing named the 2017 Ju­nior Thrower of the year, and Nels­son was the youngest fi­nal­ist, a tremen­dous feat for an 8-year-old.

JARED NICOLL

Ti­tahi Bay Ath­let­ics Club mem­bers, back from left, Caitin Moore, Tamara Pick­er­ing, Nels­son Ti­u­malu, An­ton Ford-Tu­veve, Dante Ford-Tu­veve, Ash­ton Hamer, Ty­rone Resch, and AJ Ti­u­malu with his dad. Kneel­ing, Jakob Moore, Ayla Hamer and Prayer Ed­monds.

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