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Island Bay student’s cycling success in national championships By Colin Engelbrecht WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

George Jackson (left) training at the Hataitai Velodrome. PHOTO CREDIT: Emmet Riddle

Island Bay’s own George Jackson has brought home three medals after taking part in the Track Cycling National Championships in Invercargill. George, who is part of the Wellington Track Racing Team, won two bronze medals and a silver in the under 17 scratch race, 500m time trial and sprint races, held at last week’s championships. The 16-strong team brought home six medals total, with Masters rider Bruce Cook winning two bronzes in the 44 to 45 age group and Regan Bang winning silver in the 3000m

individual pursuit in the 35 to 40 age group. George has won a few national podiums and titles but he said he was the most happy with this win. “It was really difficult, but I worked hard and got there,” he said. The team, who train at the Hataitai Velodrome every Sunday, were selected from all around the Wellington region to compete together. George started cycling three years ago after he had problems with his feet and ankles and a friend suggested he try it out. “I used to be a runner but had problems with my feet, I had a go and loved it immediately,” he said.

Cancer survivor relays for life By Colin Engelbrecht WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

Cancer survivor and mother of two Sam Marshall will be participating in Relay For Life next week. Relay For Life is a global fundraising event run by the Cancer Society and involves participants walking or run-

ning around a track for 24 hours. The 2016 Wellington Relay For Life will be held at Frank Kitts Park next Saturday and will begin with a survivors walk. This will be followed by a candlelight ceremony in the evening. The event will finish with a closing ceremony. Last year 3670 people in 78

teams took part in the Relay for Life and raised $390,000. This year 3750 people have signed up. Island Bay local Sam said she was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2014 and underwent chemotherapy during 2015. In 2015 Sam participated in Relay For Life and she said she spent all but six to eight hours

Miramar women win big at endurance events By Colin Engelbrecht WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

Two Miramar training buddies have achieved marathon success in separate events earlier this month. Lindsay Barwick won the New Plymouth Mountain to Surf Marathon women's division and Natalie Gaskin won the New Zealand Ironman for her age group. The two started training together in November 2015, just after Natalie had finished recovering from a stress fracture in her hip. On Saturday March, 5, Lindsay competed in the 42.2km marathon and completed it in three hours and five minutes. This was Lindsay’s fifth marathon but her first win. She said when she finished she initially didn’t know she had won.

“I heard the announcer say ‘it's a good day for the Bar wick family’ and assumed my husband Paul had won,” she said. Lindsay had in fact won the marathon, her husband had placed third in the men's division. On the same day Natalie competed in the New Zealand Ironman in Taupo, winning her age group and beating her personal best of 10 hours and

17 minutes, by 15 minutes. The Ironman event involves a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and a 42.2km marathon run. Natalie’s win also qualified her for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, later this year. This is the third World Championships Natalie has qualified for and will be her second time attending the event. She competed in 2014 but couldn’t go in 2015 due to her injury. Natalie has completed seven Ironman events but this was her first win.

Natalie Gaskin won the New Zealand Ironman for her age group this year.

at the event, only leaving to put her young children to bed. “I was right in the middle of chemotherapy when it started,” she said. This year she will be participating in Wellington Relay For Life, in both the survivors walk and the candlelight ceremony. Currently there were no spac-

es in this year’s Relay For Life. Anyone who signs up will be put on a waiting list and their details will be saved. They will also automatically be signed up for Relay For Life 2017. If you would like to donate to the Cancer Society, head to their website www.cancernz. org.nz

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