Kapiti Observer : January 16th 2012
16 KAPITI OBSERVER, JANUARY 16, 2012 SPORT 4107774AG 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 #7: Swimming -- Have you practiced in the open water? Training in the pool is great but what happens without the black line on the bottom? Try making one swim each week open water, preferably with some buddies. The KWT organise two FREE practice swims at Raumati Beach (meet at the pool) on Wednesdays 1st & 8th of February. Meet at 6.15pm for a 6.30 start. Paekakariki surfclub are in attendance. Unless you are confident in open water you should come to one or both of these. Please check our "Training" page on kwt.org.nz Testimonial: • "When Penny Gray learnt she had a deteriorating eye condition she gave herself two choices: sit in a corner and cry about it or get up and get on. Penny chose the second. With almost no vision at all, the Eastbourne woman got up and onto a bike and starting training for the KWT. She can now boast completing ten triathlons with only a tiny tunnel of vision in front of her. Penny talks as if it's no big deal and says she takes her inspiration from a 70 year old woman who took up triathlons in her 60s after having done no exercise all her life. It kind of makes all the excuses for not entering the triathlon pretty weak!" Kapiti ready to be home of softball By BEN STRANG Final preparations are underway for Kapiti s first hosting of the New Zea- land Under-17 Softball Tournament. The 12-team tournament, at Te Atiawa Park from Thursday, will showcase top junior talent from around New Zealand, including Paraparaumu s Sean Mulholland who will represent Southland after missing out on the Wellington team. Wellington president Lorena Ste- vens said the tournament was an exciting prospect for the association, and Te Atiawa Park was a great venue for it. It s a real tester for us, because we have never held an event of this size in Kapiti before, she said. If it works then it provides a great option for other big events in the future. With two full sized, lined diamonds, and capacity for two more, Te Atiawa Park is the biggest softball ground in the Wellington region, she said. Stevens said the only other option was in Hataitai, but there were only two diamonds to use there. While Wellington and Hutt Valley will be the local teams competing, Stevens said teams will be coming from as far north as Auckland, which was sending a good side, and there would be a number of South Island teams. It s a great location for the event with you guys getting a bit more sun down there, Stevens said. And with the airport there now too, it will be good for the Auckland team. The level of competition during the event will be higher than usual, with players fighting to secure spots in the under-19 Black Sox side this year. Two players in the Wellington team are confirmed in the squad. Regarding Mulholland playing for Southland, Stevens said it was great for softball in Wellington to have their top talents loaned to other asso- ciations to gain experience. He missed out on the Wellington team, but we are more than happy for him to still get this experience by playing for smaller associations, she said. It s good for softball as a whole to have this happen. The tournament starts on Thursday at 10am, and runs until Sunday afternoon. Play on Friday and Saturday will start at 9am, with the final games starting at 5pm. In front: Kapiti's Josh Whyte on his way to winning the intermediate 500-metre race at the national championships in Timaru. World title would be 'champion' for Josh By BEN STRANG Kapiti s Josh Whyte has four more gold medals to his name, along with a New Zealand record and spot in the national squad for the Oceania cham- pionships, after a strong per- formance at this month s speed skating nationals in Timaru. Josh, 16, won the intermedi- ate men s 200-metre time trial, 500m and 1000m races at the road nationals, going on to claim the 300m time trial title at the flat track nationals. His time of 28.321 seconds in the latter was a New Zealand record for the grade, surpassing the 29.632 record set in 2005 by current world champion Peter Michael, of Manawatu. It would have been a senior men s record had Upper Hutt s Antony Nalder not set an even faster time in the grade. I was pretty happy, said Josh. It was a really good track, and we just picked the right wheels. Everything went right really. As the tournament went on, Josh said he found it harder to push the pace, leading to some disappointing performances in the 800m and 1500m indoor races, where he finished second. I had problems with my shins, which meant I couldn t race exactly like I wanted to at the end there. It s shin splints. I ve been seeing a sports doctor to try and fix them, and it has been getting a bit better lately. Josh also picked up bronze medals in the 3000m track race, and the 5000m road relay and 1200m pairs relay, with fellow Kapiti skater Brett McCormack, who lives in Dunedin. Josh says his injury will not stop him competing at the New Zealand marathon in two weeks in Feilding. The following weekend he will race at the banked track nationals, which is part of the selection process for the New Zealand world team heading to Italy later this year. They pick the team based on the nationals, and the banked track, and then we should know within a couple of weeks if I ve made it. A senior next season, Josh says he has tried to make the most of his final year in the intermediate division. He is looking forward to the step up to senior level, and already races in some open events against the best skaters in the country. After making his mark on the open racing scene in New Zea- land, Josh is clear on his goal for the future. I want to be a world cham- pion. I don t mind what event it s in as long as I m the world champ. Roadworks end so race on again with new twist Back on: Riders head out of Waikanae in the 2010 Kapiti Cycle Challenge, which returns this year. Photo: DAVE CHAPMAN After a year in the wilderness with road closures halting the race, the Kapiti Cycle Challenge returns this year with a new two-person relay introduced. The 95 kilometre race starts in Waikanae at 8.30am on Sunday, March 18, and runs south to Paekakariki, over Paekakariki Hill Rd and Haywards Hill, north through Upper Hutt and over the Akatarawa Summit before finishing back in Waikanae. Co-organiser Peter Ellis said the event was for individuals in the past, but a new two-person relay would add a new dimen- sion to the race. In the relay, the starting rider will race from Waikanae to the Hutt Valley over two small peaks, with the second rider then taking up the challenge and riding over the Akatarawa Summit. Entrants must be over 13 years old, and can enter online at kapiticyclechallenge.co.nz or by filling out an entry form and posting it to Kapiti Cycle Chal- lenge. Entries cost $55 for individuals, $75 for the relay, and late entries on race day cost an extra $10. Councillor still an iron man Kapiti councillor and multisport competitor Peter Ellis has another title to his name, winning his age grade at last week s Port of Tau- ranga Half Ironman. Ellis, 70, posted a time of 6hr 17m 31s, on the course which consisted of a two kilometre swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run. He finished more than 10 minutes clear of Auckland s Warren Hill, the only other competi- tor in the 70 to 74 age grade. It was good conditions, flat sea in the harbour, a bit of wind on the bike and it started raining then -- ideal for the run with rain to cool you off.
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