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Scots College student hopes to inspire others with his ingenuity By Colin Engelbrecht WHITIREIA JOURNALISM STUDENT

A teenager who built his own track bike and placed in the finals of the National Track Racing Championships showed off his project to other students this week. Last year Scots College student Henry Levett built his track racing bike as part of the International Baccalaureate, which required year 10 students to complete a solo project. International Baccalaureate is offered as an alternative to

NCEA. Henry said he spent about half of last year designing the bike and the rest of the year building it. All of the parts were ordered online and Henry said he assembled the bike himself. “I learned a lot during the project, like time management skills, it was a big project,” he said. After building the bike he raced it in the national championships, which were held last weekend and placed in the finals. For Henry, who usually rides

road bikes, placing in the finals in his first year of track cycling was a huge accomplishment. “I made it into the final, which was very exhilarating, the race was very fast,” he said. Last Monday, Henry displayed his bike project to year 10 students to try and inspire them to do similar things for their International Baccalaureate project. Henry said building the bike was a very enjoyable process and he’d like to do it again. “If I find the time I’d like to do it some more,” he said.

Some of the medalists who competed at the recent national’s event in Ohope. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Lyall Bay athletes named into New Zealand Life Saving squads By Bethany Tiddy MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Henry Levett stands outside Scots College with the bike he designed and made himself. PHOTO CREDIT: Colin Engelbrecht

Three athletes from the Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club were named into the New Zealand Surf Life saving squads last weekend. Members of the club competed against 1500 other athletes at the National Surf Life Saving Championships at Ohope Beach from March 25 to 27. Athletes Hayley Cox, 19, Lewis Clareburt, 17, and Alaynah Bettany, 14, were all named into New Zealand Surf Life saving squad, joining existing member Samantha Lee, 25. Coach Walter Maxwell said the athletes were on the beach up to 12 hours a day throughout the championships. “It’s quite an intense program of events,” he said. He said the athletes trained up to 20 times a week for 10 months of the year.

“It’s a massive amount of work,” Walter said. Walter has coached athletes at the Lyall Bay Surf Club for 13 years. “All of them I’ve known since they were grasshoppers,” he said. Wellington has the “harshest conditions in the country… but the kids just keep coming back,” he said. Plans are underway to replace the current Lyall Bay clubrooms, with a project funded by the Wellington City Council, New Zealand Lottery Grants Board and club funds. Walter said the new clubrooms will be ready for public use in November this year and he was looking forward to “a new home”. With Easter weekend marking the official end to the patrol season, the club will enjoy an enforced rest for nine weeks. They will begin training again on May 22 and the patrol season will resume in October.

EASTERN SUBURBS

SPORTS TRUST SPONSORED BY MIRAMAR & KILBIRNIE THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED $104,400 IN JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2016 TO EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS, KINDERGARTENS, SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND SPORTS CLUBS ETC.

DEAN GALT (ESST) WITH HAYLEY COX – TRAVEL TO AUSTRALIA SURF LIFE SAVING NATIONALS

DAVID LONG – TRAVEL TO AUSTRALIAN SURF LIFE SAVING NATIONALS

DEAN GALT (ESST) WITH LUTHER MAXWELL – TRAVEL TO AUSTRALIAN SURF LIFE SAVING NATIONALS

THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED TO THE FOLLOWING EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS. JO CRAWFORD - WORLD TRIATHLON MEXICO • LYALL BAY KINDERGARTEN - OUTDOOR PLAY EQUIPMENT • JOSEPH GRAHAM - TRAVEL ROWING REGATTA TWIZEL • EVANS BAY YACHT CLUB - FIRST AID COURSE • SHAKIRA GRAY - BASEBALL PLAYER TRAVEL • ZION FAITELE - ATHLETICS TRAVEL DUNEDIN • NIKITA HIROKI - EMERGING SOFTBALL PLAYER AUSTRALIA • SAMANTHA LEE - SWIMMER TRAVEL AUCKLAND • ALAYNAH BETTANY - SURF LIFE SAVING NATIONALS AUSTRALIA • THE SWIMMING TRUST WELLINGTON

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GIVEN AWAY TO DATE $1,432,370

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