Stu­dents com­pete in Moto X

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By KAICEY AL­LI­SON

Mata­mata Col­lege’s mo­tocross team re­cently com­peted in a sec­ondary schools com­pe­ti­tion hosted by St Paul’s Col­le­giate in a maize pad­dock out the back of Huntly.

The team, con­sist­ing of stu­dents Carl Tiddy, Tay­lor Na­tor, Daniel Stutt, Dy­lan Ryan, Jack Web­ster, Tyler Lang, Cameron Colville and Brodie Con­nolly, trav­elled from Mata­mata at 5.30am.

They trav­elled for an hour on the tarseal road and then 30 min­ute­son a gravel road to get to the con­test, Moto X in the Maize.

Af­ter a hot and dusty day of rid­ing, the Mata­mata team came fourth out of 16 com­pet­ing schools. Teams trav­elled from all over the coun­try for the event.

Af­ter some close races and bat­tling for the lead, Mata­mata boys Dy­lan Ryan and Jack Web­ster placed sec­ond in dif­fer­ent classes over­all. Dy­lan scooped up the tro­phy for sec­ond over­all com­pet­i­tive 125 while Jack claimed the sec­ond over­all as­pir­ing 250 tro­phy.

Dy­lan wants to thank Phil’s Mo­tor­cy­cle Cen­tre, Cun­ning­ham Dec­o­ra­tors and DJL Mar­ket­ing for their spon­sor­ship and sup­port. ‘‘The com­pe­ti­tion was top notch and we are all very thank­ful for our fam­ily and sup­port­ers,’’ Dy­lan says.

The keen mo­tocross stu­dents have also re­cently com­peted in Ro­torua at the Sec­ondary School North Is­land com­pe­ti­tion and have more com­pe­ti­tions later this year.

The team is al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers and the teacher in charge, Sean Ful­lick, es­pe­cially en­cour­ages any young girls who are in­ter­ested in mo­tocross to join. A Mata­mata swim­mer has fol­lowed in her brother’s foot­steps and gained a place into the Jet­star Su­per Swim Squad.

Mi­lana Tap­per gained a place in the na­tional squad af­ter com­ing first in the girls’ un­der- 9 age group at the State Sand to Surf swim re­cently.

Her brother, Tyler, was in the squad in 2013 af­ter win­ning the same event in the 10- year- old boys’ sec­tion.

Mi­lana’s mum, Kazuko Tap­per, said her daugh­ter trained with Mata­mata Swim­ming club nor­mally but dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days she was par­tic­i­pat­ing in a surf life sav­ing pro­gramme in Whanga­mata for six days a week. ‘‘This is where she gained her strength for swim­ming ocean,’’ Tap­per said.

The Jet­star Su­per Swim Squad is made up of the 30 8-10 years age group win­ners of the 200m OceanKids events at the State NZ Ocean Swim Se­ries. The squad mem­bers and a par­ent will travel to Auck­land for a week­end train­ing camp in late April with elite swim­mers, who are yet to be named. They will be of a sim­i­lar cal­i­bre to last year’s elites, who were Melissa In­gram and Moss Burmester and na­tional swim coach Rick Wells, the State NZ Ocean Swim Se­ries event or­gan­iser Scott Rice said. ‘‘The camp will also in­clude spe­cial sur­prises and spe­cial­ist swim clin­ics.’’

The last six in the squad will be picked af­ter the State King of the Bays swim, on April 18.

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