Wednesday April 19, 2017
Harriers looking forward to winter season By Dave Crampton
Wainuiomata Athletic and Harrier Club is gearing up for another good winter season, and will host the Wellington mountain running champs and the 6km Wainuiomata Classic, both on April 29. Unlike championship events, anyone can enter the 6km event, as you don’t have to be a member of a club. Both events will take place on the hills between Wainuiomata and Lower Hutt City up above the Wainuiomata Hill Road, starting and finishing at the Parkway Playground. Entrants are encouraged to pre-enter by April 27. The club will also be entering athletes in the annual Vosseler Shield at Mt Victoria on May 20, and the 5k/10k Dorne Cup, run by Hutt Valley Harriers, at Trentham’s Memorial Park on June 10. On August 19 the club is hosting the Wellington Road
Championships off Moore’s Valley Road, with talented Wainuiomata High student Joel Carman, who came 2nd in last year’s champs and is expected to do well, as is Don McGowan who was first in his age group at champs last year. McGowan recommenced athletics aged 58 after running as a teen and joined the Wainuiomata club five years ago. He is most looking forward to the Wellington half-marathon, and the North Island cross country championships - but still enjoys beating those aged 20 years younger. “I just go for the fun of it. It’s quite good beating those young buggers,” he said. Talented cross country athlete Cameron Forsythe, 13, heads the younger local athletes. He came fourth in his grade in last year’s 3km Dorne Cup and is one of around 15 club members expected to attend the North Island championships. “He’s a very strong runner,”
Wainuiomata Harriers coach and club president Nikki Branniff-Jones said. She said the club has great potential “Many of them will get top 10 – and there’s two to three (in the club) that could medal.” “That’s pretty good for a small club.” One is Don. He was placed second at North Islands in his 65-69 age group last year. I`m aiming for a gold this year,” he said. Nikki said one of the social highlights will be a mid-winter Christmas dinner, which is also a social fund-raiser for the club. The club used to be one of the bigger ones in the Wellington region, before members left Wainuiomata as they got older, but it is now primarily focusing on cross-country and road, rather than also track and field. It is always on the lookout for new local talent. “We welcome more members -especially more kids from local schools.”
Carman medals at North Islands
Don McGowan running at the Vosseler Shield race 2016.
Hutt sports award finalists named Two finalists with Olympic medals – Nick Willis and Mary Fisher - are amongst the Hutt Valley Sports Awards finalists, with both looking like they are in contention for the main award. Fisher won gold at the Rio Paralympics by setting a world record in the backstroke S11, whereas Willis got a bronze medal in the 1500m. There were more than 100 nomina-
tions with good representation from both Upper and Lower Hutt. The toughest category was Junior Woman, where the finalists are swimmer Chelsey Edwards, Junior White Sox captain Pallas Potter and promising runner Phoebe McKnight. The overall winner will be announced at the awards dinner at the Walter Nash Stadium on Thursday May 18.
with Jacob Page
When a sporting fashion statement means so much
Joel Carman heads fellow team member Jack Hammond at the North Island champs. PHOTO: Jo Murray By Dave Crampton
Wainuiomata High School’s Joel Carman achieved his aim of getting into the top three North Island Secondary School championships at Inglewood last weekend. He came second in the senior boy’s 1500m in a personal best time, followed by Jack Hammond, from Hutt Valley High, in third place. Joel clocked 4:03.17, just 0.02 seconds behind Harrison Porritt from Manawatu. Jack was not far behind, with a time of 4:04.13. in the Junior event, Hutt athlete Finn Seeds won both the 800m and 1500m, the latter more than 11 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.
Joel was part of a Wellington team that had fantastic results, Sport Development Manager Jo Murray said. Two Hutt athletes broke meet records, with Chilton St James’ Josephine Reeves clearing 1.76m in the intermediate girls high jump, and Sautisa Mita ( Upper Hutt College) did 1.85m in the junior boys high jump. However, Sautisa got a silver as another jumper broke his record shortly after. Joel is now heading into his cross country season and is aiming for a top 10 placing at the National Secondary Schools Cross Country championships which will qualify him to represent New Zealand in the national Secondary Schools team to Australia.
Here are the two sporting winners from the past week. Angela Akins and BNZ. Angela is the fiancé of the new Masters golf champion Sergio Garcia. Not only is she set to marry a man who ripped off the chokers chain that had been around his neck for almost 15 years after he won his first major in 73 attempts, she seems to have won the world over with her charm, wit and good looks. Not since Duchess Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton, has a woman endeared herself to so many people so quickly. BNZ wins by Sonny Bill Williams trying his darndest not to give them any publicity at all. The polarising part-time All Black, rugby league player, model and mediocre boxer taped over the BNZ logo on his Blues jersey collar in his return to rugby last week. Turns out his faith is against the advertising of banks and finance companies for gain. Of course, by doing this BNZ has gained more exposure than they could
have dreamed of. Who even knew the bank sponsored the collar on the jerseys? I know I didn’t. Speaking of fashion statements, isn’t it ironic that Sergio has earned millions of dollars from golf over the years but the thing he’ll be most recognised with now is a $200 green jacket which is ghastly to look at but sought after and revered by golfers all over the globe. Everyone has that one jacket in their closet which goes with nothing and therefore goes with everything. That’s the cool thing about tradition, it makes people desire things they otherwise wouldn’t normally bother with. Look at the Ashes cricket urn. It’s all of 15cm tall and looks ridiculous held aloft yet grown men want it so badly. The Indy 500 trophy has men’s faces on it. The NRL trophy is two grown men embracing. The weird and wonderful part of tradition in sport is kept alive with things like the green jacket. Long may it continue.
Published on Apr 18, 2017