FROM MATT

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

I was ex­cited this week to have a go rac­ing in the Top of the South Trade Academy stu­dents’ go-kart and re­live a bit of my youth, but alas, it was not meant to be.

The au­to­mo­tive en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents got to prac­tice a bit of new-found trou­bleshoot­ing skills on the un­re­spon­sive go-kart...the ver­dict, out of fuel. It hap­pens to the best of us! The in­clu­sion of trade-based train­ing in NZQA is a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion, tai­lor­ing ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to stu­dents’ in­ter­ests and giv­ing them ‘‘real world’’ skills can only be a good thing.

I had an ex­cel­lent chat with ul­tra-en­durance cy­clist Craig Harper, mainly about the men­tal chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with com­pet­ing in ul­tra-en­durance events.

He said it wasn’t about be­ing ‘men­tally tough’ but more about hav­ing tech­niques to over­come the bar­ri­ers - a lot of things you can’t just tough through...good ad­vice that ap­plies to many sit­u­a­tions.

Sadly, we couldn’t fit the Wee Won­ders in this week - but watch out for the kids re­turn­ing in next Sat­ur­day’s edi­tion of the Sat­ur­day Ex­press. Oh, and re­mem­ber, the clocks go for­ward one hour on Sun­day.

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