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Locals lace up for marathon By Nikki Papatsoumas

The Wellington Marathon is set to take place later this month. Established in 1986, the annual June event has been Wellington’s major marathon event for 30 years. Event manager Michael Jacques said in recent years it had become New Zealand’s fastest growing marathon event, attracting some 5000 participants, to be one of the New Zealand’s “Big Five”, alongside the Auckland, Queenstown, Rotorua and Christchurch marathons. Based at Wellington’s much-loved Westpac Stadium, the event follows a flat, fast and scenic tour of the Harbour bays. As well as the Marathon over the classic 42.2k distance, other options include the Half Marathon, the 10 km, 5 km run and the Kids’ Magic Mile. Michael said not everyone was up for a marathon but that is not to say there wasn’t a challenge they wanted

A rising softball star has hit the ball out of the park having been selected to represent New Zealand in an upcoming tournament in Australia. Rongotai College sportsman Tobias Makisi has been selected to play for the New Zealand Emerging Sox at the Friendship Games in Sydney next month. The year 13 student, who plays catcher and outfield, has been playing softball since he was a toddler. “I just love getting into the game, the excitement and the intensity in the game.” He currently plays for the Rongotai College senior team and the Wellington U17 team. He is also a member of the Miramar Softball Club, playing for the U17 team, U19 team and Premier 2 grade. The multi-talented student is also on the 1st XV Rugby team at Rongotai College, and all up, spends more than 14 hours per week training. Tobias is all set for his trip to Australia later this month with his family and said he hoped taking part in the series would help him on his

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to meet. “As much as it is a serious race, 99 per cent of people are doing their own challenge. I call it ‘every man’s Everest’. “With a bit of training you can set yourself little mini goals and do things you would not have otherwise done.” Michael said as well as thousands of locals, the event attracted more than 1000 participants from outside the wider region. He said this and the event organisation itself generated annual economic impact for the City of more than one million dollars. “This is an aspect we’re really keen to increase,” said Michael. “The bigger the event grows, the more Wellington benefits, both altruistically and economically.” The Wellington Marathon will take place on June 26.

journey to becoming a professional sportsman. “I am hoping to improve on my skill set and to come out a more confident and knowledgeable player. “Hopefully I will make it as far as I can with the sport. “One of my goals is that if I follow this pathway, hopefully I can achieve. A lot of hard work has been put in.” Rongotai College principal Kevin Carter said Tobias was a “great all-round young man”. “He is also a great rugby player – an absolute cornerstone of the 1st XV. “It has been really great to see the resurgence of his sport in the last year or so, it is really good to have a current New Zealand rep and some on the conveyor belt as well.”


Runners participating in the Wellington Marathon, which is held each year.

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Young sports star heads to Australia By Nikki Papatsoumas


Sold-out stadium for All Black match The All Blacks will be going head to head with the Welsh this Saturday to a sold-out Westpac Stadium. Following the first test match in Auckland last Saturday, the All Blacks will take on Wales from 7.35pm this Saturday in the capital. With more than 35,000 tickets sold for the game, the Wellington City Council was warning ticket holders to plan their journey ahead. Bunny Street would be closed to traffic prior to the match, but there would be

drop off points at the Wellington Railway Station, the council said. Thorndon Quay would then be closed after the match to allow crowds to make an easy exit from the stadium. The council suggested ticket holders walked, cycled or took the bus or train to the stadium for the game this Saturday evening.  For more information, head to metlink. and  Event train tickets can be purchased at a reduced cost at Transmetro Trains.

Diana Foliaki, 14, steals the ball away from Wainuiomata players

Loss for Ories Tobias Makisi will head to Australia later this month.

Womens rugby teams from around the region gathered to take part in the Women’s Gala Day at the Petone Recreation Grounds on Saturday. First round champions Oriental- Rongotai took to the field against Wainuiomata and

after a tight game lost 31-30. After two games Oriental-Rongotai sits at fifth on the points table for the 2016 Senior Women’s Victoria Tavern Trophy. They will play Old Boys-University at the Polo Ground in Miramar this Saturday.

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