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Wednesday February 8, 2017

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Club celebrates 2017 Grand Slam Summer finally arrived for the Wainuiomata Tennis Club at the weekend with the club’s annual Grand Slam. President of the club, Toni Kane, said the tournament had been a highlight for the club for many years. “It’s the favourite event of the season. While players “vyed” to be the tournament’s number one man, women or team the real reason they were playing was because the tournament’s a club favourite,” she said. As part of Saturday’s tournament, the club’s players played four grand slam tournaments in one day, listened to each country’s National Anthem and enjoyed country-based food and drink between each game. The French Open kicked off the

event and was followed by croissants and wine. This was followed by the US Open and hot dogs for lunch and the British Open and cucumber sandwiches. Toni said the Australian Open was the last tournament for the day with players “pulling out all stops”. “They were all long and really close games with many ending in a tiebreak,” she said. Overall winners on the day were Jennymae Keall for Top Woman, Adam Smith for Top Man and Elesha Smith, Leanne Smith, Martin Isberg and Ray Short for Top Team .  For more information on the Wainuiomata Tennis Club head to www.wainuiomatatennis. org.nz

The winners of the Grand Slam left to right Jennymae Keall, Adam Smith, Elesha Smith, Leanne Smith, Martin Isberg and Ray Short. PHOTO: Toni Kane

Challenge your work mates this month The Aotearoa Bike Challenge kicked off last week and locals are being encouraged to get involved. The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a month long free challenge encouraging colleagues to sign up, log their bike trips and compete against other workplaces in the Wellington region. The challenge, which runs through February, encourages participation and aims to get workplaces on their bikes for 10 minutes or more. The challenge is not about who rides the most but who encourages the most people to get involved. More than 100 Wellington workplaces have already signed up including six

government ministries and the Wellington offices of Inland Revenue, Westpac, ANZ, Z Energy, NZTA, NZ Post, ACC, local councils and health boards. The first big event on the Aotearoa Bike Challenge calendar was the Go By Bike Day breakfast held this morning at Queen’s Wharf. A Go By Bike Day breakfast will be held on Wednesday, February 15 in Lower Hutt from 7am to 9am at Dowse Square. The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is being promoted nationally by the New Zealand Transport Agency. Greater Wellington Regional Council, Wellington City Council and Hutt City Council are collaborating to run the challenge in the Wellington region.

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Young riders take part in the championships. PHOTO: Deena Laurence Facebook

BMX champs take place By Emma McAuliffe

The Wainuiomata BMX Club had a successful weekend after hosting the Wellington Region BMX Championships. The championships were held on Sunday at the BMX track at Hugh Sinclair Park on The Strand and are typically held in Wainuiomata once every five years. The club took to Facebook following

the event to celebrate the day, calling it a great success. “The weather was perfect. The track was perfect. The atmosphere was perfect. The racing was awesome. All the work put in by the club and zone members really showed today,” it was reported.  For more information on the Wainuiomata BMX Club head to their Facebook page or www.wainuiomatabmx.com/

An open letter to the Eden Park Streaker Dear Eden Park streaker, Thank you for interrupting an absorbing first Chappell Hadlee cricket match between New Zealand and Australia last week. I was sitting there watching this world class sports event hoping a muppet like yourself would interrupt it by taking your clothes off and running round on the grass like a toddler learning to walk for the first time. I was hoping you’d get taken down in a hard tackle from security. Sadly for my dreams, you have quite a good right-foot step which dashed my hopes. Sure, people cheered you on but in reality it’s embarrassing that an adult chooses to do such a silly thing.

You paid for a ticket to see a spectacle, not be the spectacle - show some respect. The fact you escaped a fine and only got a warning means it was probably job well done for you. When you decided to wear pants again you should have been made to put your hand in your pocket and produce a payment for a four-figure fine. Finally mate, work on your tan game, pasty is never in, take it from someone who knows. Anyway, being kicked out of the ground shows how foolish of a choice you made. Imagine missing that finish, the sixes, that run out. The joke isn’t just on you, it is you. Have a nice day.

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