Teams pre­pare for su­per-ac­tive days

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT / TE PAE WHAKANGAHAU -

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.

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