Multi sport event en­tries open

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By LARRY SUL­LI­VAN

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.

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