Multi sport event entries open
South Waikato Super Sports 2013 has opened its doors for entries and once again the organisers are anticipating a capacity field. The best multi sport event in the world is set to happen on the last weekend in Febuary in and around the sporting venues of Tokoroa. The event is competed in by teams of two athletes to find the most competent all round sports duo.
The sporting prowess is tested to the maximum over the weekend starting on the Friday evening and the competition finishes on the Sunday afternoon. The teams of two start with a track and field competition on Friday 22 of Feb where the members share duties to complete high jump, long jump, 100mtrs, discuss, shot and 1500. Then on Saturday the competition ramps up with a full day starting with swimming 8 lengths of the indoor pool once again shared between team members then it’s off to the Kart Track where one member speed skates over the 1 km course. At 11am Saturday morning both members complete a run bike run duathlon before shooting Clay Birds at the Tokoroa Gun Club. Next up is the Hill Climb a gut busting run up the grass face of Colson’s Hill and to finish the day the Club Challenge consists of 500 mtr indoor row as well as darts and target bowls. Super Sunday is held at the Memorial Sports Ground and sees the competitors compete in Target Golf, Archery, Police Obstacle Course and Ball Sports, and just to finish off and further test all round supremacy a two man wood sawing race and 8km mountain bike time trial at Cougar Park.
Event director Larry Sullivan has said, ‘‘not only is a great fundraiser but a chance for people to have a go at sports they would never have the chance to normally and do it in a competitive environment. Yes there is a need for a basic amount of fitness but we see all levels entering and often there is as much interest in the competition for 20th and 21st place as there is for 1st and 2nd. In the past we have seen Uncles and nieces, husband and wives brother in laws join together as teams it is a great environment and the comradery and frienship amongst the competitors is the high of the weekend for the organisers.’’
There is a limited number of entries ( 50 – 55 teams) simply because of the logistics involved in running the event to a timetable. So it is vital teams sign up early and then concentrate on training. There are practice sessions on some of the events through Feb so tips and experience can be gained before competition weekend. Entries are available from Morrisseys Leith Plac,e Sports world and on line www.sportsground.co.nz - key word South Waikato Super Sports.
The event is a fundraiser for the Super Sports Trust which grant funds to support local athletes to compete internationally. This year one of our recipients was Danny McBride the Olympian rower.