Kapiti Observer : January 9th 2012
16 KAPITI OBSERVER, JANUARY 9, 2012 SPORT 4107774AF Have a Go Fun Run Run 4km Triathlon Swim 400m -- Cycle 12km -- Run/Walk 4km Duathlon Run 500m -- Cycle 12km -- Run/Walk 4km Swim/Cycle Swim 400m -- Cycle 12km Swim/Run Swim 400m -- Run/Walk 4km Half distance and Team Options are also available Sunday 19th February 2012 Marine Gardens, Raumati Beach For additional information and online entries please visit our website www.kwt.org.nz Email: email@example.com Phone 04 293 6921 Proudly supporting our Community KWT Tip #6: Be familiar with the course. Practice each discipline on the course you will be on the day. Maps & directions are on kwt.org.nz on the "about the event' page. This makes pacing yourself easier and being familiar with a course takes another element of possible stress out of your day. Our marshals are primarily there for your safety. Keep your motivation high by varying your workouts. If you typically train indoors, head outside for a trail run/walk. Testimonial: "I'dliketosayabigthankyou-mysoulisbetter-myheadisbetter-Ilovedit- I was in as a team member and we can't wait to do the very next tri on the calendar. Thank you for helping me do something wonderful for my self-esteem, my health and my family. " "Hi, I won the running shoes donated by Stirling Sports, Kapiti - what a blast! I want to give my heart-felt thanks to both yourselves, the organisers of KWT, and Stirling Sports. What a fantastic prize - absolutely inspirational. " 3650912BN In demand: Otaki College's Morehu Connor-Phillips has been selected as one of the top 100 under-17 rugby players in New Zealand. Big time beckons By BEN STRANG Two Kapiti Coast rugby players have been selected to attend Hurricanes region rugby develop- ment camps after impressing selectors last year. Liam Hallam-Eames, from Paraparaumu College, and Otaki College's Morehu Connor-Phillips will attend the camps for the top 100 under-17 rugby players in New Zealand. Morehu, who is an age group New Zealand touch representa- tive, said he prefers touch to rugby, but is starting to turn to the more physical sport. I play on the wing,'' he said. I didn't think I played that well, but I got a few tries and must have played well enough to impress them.'' He was playing for the Horo- whenua-Kapiti under-16 rugby side at the Hurricanes tourna- ment in New Plymouth in October when he was approached by a New Zealand Rugby Union official. He just talked to me about my game and about the camps and I said I was keen. A few weeks later we got the letter through saying I had been picked.'' Morehu said he will hope to take a leading role in the first XV at Otaki College, using his experi- ence as a seventh former to inspire younger players. Hopefully they look up to me a bit and I can help out.'' Liam, who is in Tanzania with a school trip until the end of Janu- ary, will be moving from Para- paraumu College to Palmerston North Boys' High School to further his rugby, said his mother. She said he had been told to look at the high school, or Wel- lington College, to develop his game and give him the best chance at higher honours. The boys will attend the camp in Wellington during June and July. Otaki volleyballers exceed all expectations By BEN STRANG Runners-up: Otaki College's junior girls' volleyball team after finishing second in the challengers' division at the North Island secondary school junior championships at Mt Maunganui. Otaki College is hoping to take its girls' volleyball programme to the next level this year after claiming second place at the North Island secondary school junior volleyball championships in December. The Otaki girls won five of six games in pool play and their quar- ter and semifinal before going down to Auckland's Orewa Col- lege in the final. The team of nine girls will move up to the senior ranks this year in local compe- tition, competing in the Northern division of the College Sport Wellington competition. Coach Jo McInerney said she has built the team up over the past two years. The success at the North Island championships was despite it being Otaki's first appear- ance at the event for about 20 years. They were doing really well so we decided to take them to the North Island champs and we did even better than we had expected,'' she said. Playing in Wellington's premier junior competition last year, the team had eight year 10 students and one year 9, and McInerney believes the side will get better. It looks like College Sport Wellington are going to put us into the Northern senior compe- tition, even though they are only year 11 girls,'' she said. It's a really good thing for us. It means it will be more of a chal- lenge for them.'' McInerney is also looking at taking the team to the secondary school national tournament in Palmerston North in March. She said that tournament would be a further challenge for the girls. In Mt Maunganui, the team defeated Hamilton Girls' and New Plymouth Girls' Colleges on their way to the final of the North Island championships, before succumbing 2-0 to Orewa College in the final, after a tightly con- tested second set, 23-25. The strength in volleyball between Otaki, Paraparaumu College and Kapiti College means McInerney is looking to bring more experienced coaches to Kapiti for joint training sessions. I know Candace [Lorcet] is doing a really good job at Para- paraumu and Kapiti are doing well, so maybe we can try and get some good coaches down to help us all as a group,'' she said. Rain, rain please stayaway. . . More than 100 runners are expected at this month's Paekakariki Road Races, the sixth year since the popular Wellington region event was resurrected by the Kapiti Harrier and Multisport Club. Runners and walkers can tackle one or two laps of the undulating 5.45-kilometre course around the village and into Queen Elizabeth Park, while there is also a 16.35km option for runners, a simi- lar distance to the old 10-miler'', said club spokes- man Bryn Kempthorne. The loop starts at the memorial hall on The Pde and goes through the village and into the park and back along the beach. The event is a memorial to the late Don Melrose, a founding member of the Kapiti Harriers and a regular competitor in the old Paekakariki Road Races. The feature 10.9km race is named after him. Mr Kempthorne said the event had been dog- ged by bad weather'' almost every year, restricting the walk-up crowd. But the last couple of years had pulled about 100 competitors and they expected to better that this time. Meanwhile, the club's third race of the 5km summer series kicks off tonight from the Waikanae Hotel, 6.15pm for walkers and 6.30pm for runners. Mr Kempthorne said there had been good fields of up to 55 runners, and 10 to 15 walkers. After tonight the series moves to Otaki Beach for three Mondays, then another three from Rau- mati's Village Inn. Paekakariki Road Races, Sunday, January 22, 9am, The Parade, Paekakariki.
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