Teams prepare for super-active days
Spots are filling up quickly in this year’s South Waikato Supersports.
Event co-ordinator Larry Sullivan said they have almost reached the 50-team capacity, and he is very happy with the number of new faces in the line-up.
‘‘The interest in the event continues to amaze me,’’ he said.
‘‘It is such a great event and it is good to see the longevity it has created. We are into our 29th year now and the event is stronger than it has ever been.’’
The unique sporting event starts on February 20 with a six-event track and field evening at Strathmore Park.
Participants get little reprieve throughout the weekend, tackling events at a ‘‘frenetic’’ pace, Sullivan said.
On the Saturday competitors will compete in a 200 metre swimming race at the indoor pools before speed skating at the kart club, completing a bike run duathlon from the Memorial Sportsground and clay bird shooting at the gun club.
The event then moves on to an obstacle course up Colson’s Hill and finishes at the Tokoroa Club for a club challenge of bowls, darts and an indoor exercise.
Sunday is based at the Sports and Event Centre with a full day of ball sports, target golf, obstacle course, crossfit, archery, two- man sawing and finishes with a 6km mountain event.
‘‘Supersports is a logistical exercise for the organising team. It generally runs like a welloiled machine but it does require plenty of volunteers and marshals over the weekend,’’ Sullivan said.
‘‘ So if anyone has a few hours to spare especially on the Sunday then any help is appreciated. Just give me a call or drop in and let me know if you are able to lend a hand and I will find a spot for you.’’
The event is a fundraiser for the Supersports Trust which financially assists local sportspeople competing on the international stage.
Over the last 12 months they have helped around 12 different sportspeople including cyclist Jim McMurray, women’s rugby star Chelsea Alley and barrel racer Caitlin McPherson.