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Teen track cyclist tops age group „„ By Andrew King ST MARGARET’S College student Jenna Borthwick was crowned under-15 champion at the age group national track championships in Cambridge this month. Her stunning effort of three wins and a second place helped take the 13-year-old from Ashburton to the title. “I am so proud and pretty excited,” she said. Competing with the MidSouth Canterbury team, she won the 5K points race, 1500m scratch race and 750m derby and was very close to winning the 500m time trial. In 2016, Borthwick won the 1500m scratch and 750m derby

races and was third in the 500m time trial. Growing up in Ashburton, her love of cycling came from her father, who got her into the sport at the Tinwald Velodrome, when she was four. “I started getting competitive when I was 13 . . . I would really like to make a career out of it,” she said. Her team was helped out by four-time national road race champion Hayden Roulston, who is also from Ashburton. “He was so good at working with us on plans and our warmup. He is such a professional,” she said. It was her first time competing in the North Island and the taste

SPORTS of it has left her wanting more. “I am looking forward to getting into next season . . . I have been given a two-week break by my coach and then I will start hitting the road again,” she said.

PEDAL POWER: Jenna Borthwick won the under-15 title at the age group national track championships in Cambridge. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

Student builds towards a career in triathlon „„ By Andrew King ST ANDREW’S College student Saxon Morgan won the Canterbury secondary schools triathlon championships last week at Scarborough ahead of great friend and rival Zachary Taylor. Morgan, 16, completed the 350m swim, 9km bike and 3km run in 31min 57.6sec. He finished 50sec ahead of Christchurch Boys’ High School student Taylor to come first overall in the under-19 category. Taylor’s brother, William, came third in the overall standings, but first in the under-14 individual category and only 24sec behind his older brother. “Zac (Taylor) was my main competition in the race and we both got into clear water in the swim and then he tried to pull away on the bike, but I matched his pace and surged in my run to take the win,” Morgan said. He said he and Taylor do a lot of training together and it is good to have that competitiveness between mates. All competitors start the race at the same time, but when they finish, they are separated off into individual categories ar-

ranged by age. Morgan is looking to make a career out of triathlon, and will head to Europe with his family in April for four months. “While I am over there, I will do a lot of training and compete in a few races to see if I like it,” he said. He spends about 15 hours a week training – three hours running, four on the bike and four in the pool and ocean. Before he heads overseas, Morgan is focusing on the upcoming New Zealand schools triathlon national championships on Thursday in Wanganui. “I feel like I am ready for the nationals after this win. I’m feeling confident,” he said. Overall results First: Saxon Morgan, St Andrew’s, 31min 57.6sec Second: Zachary Taylor, Christchurch Boys, 32min 47.6sec Third: William Taylor, Christchurch Boys, 33 min 11.4sec Fourth: Sola Kuwasaki, Cashmere High School, 33min 23.6sec

SPENT: St Andrew’s College student Saxon Morgan showed a clean pair of heels to win the Canterbury secondary schools triathlon championships last week.

NorWest News 28-03-17  

NorWest News 28-03-17

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