Students compete in Moto X
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.