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BMXers to display tricks By Dave Crampton

The Gary Delany Photography Wainuiomata BMX trophy meet is on this weekend at Hugh Sinclair Park, with a special ‘Wainui trick’ display competition set to be a feature of the event. The trick competition, to be held on the straight in front of the judges, is for those aged 11 and over, but the trophy meet is open to riders of all ages. This includes pre-schoolers – called strider riders - who haven’t yet mastered pedalling, and sprockets - those who are in the first years of school. The meet is named after photographer Gary Delaney, a club member since 2007, who is sponsoring the trophies. All runners-up will get a trophy, Wainuiomata BMX club spokesperson Rod Badcock said. The trick competition is a novelty event, introduced this year and is an open event. “They`ll be high in the air,” Rod said. “The best trick wins a trophy.” Rod said the meet is a good opportunity for those who didn’t attend Nationals in Te Awamutu at Easter to get back on their bikes. The club sent the Wellington region’s biggest team – 28 riders – to Nationals, and as

a group did better than last year, with many top eight placings, despite the flooding. “We were competing in the middle of Cyclone Debbie,” Rod said. “We had fields that were no longer fields - kids were wakeboarding.” Young rider Zoe Hilton, despite crashing three times, came a credible eigth at her first national event, Natasha Hargreaves was placed third and senior rider Dave Waistell was eight and Cohen Moore third. Even the pre-schoolers got on with it. “They just box on and go for it - I thought they did really well,” Rod said. Zac Furniss, who is only four, came sixth in the country in the 5U event. There were as many as 40 riders in some categories. Many will be riding this weekend. All club licenced riders are eligible for the weekend’s trophy meet and all strider riders have free entry; other entries are $5.00. Entries close on Friday and can be emailed to entries@ WainuiomataBMX.com, or entered online at https:// nzbmx.club/events.

 Above and left John Smoothy (296) gets plenty of air at a recent competition. Credit: Deena Laurence

 Check-in starts at 1pm Saturday, with racing commencing from 2pm. The club’s annual prizegiving will be on Saturday May 27.

New juniors compete well in Shaw Baton relay

Captions By Dave Crampton

Local athletes kicked off the winter season at the Shaw Baton relay at Battle Hill on Saturday, with a record number of teams from the local club entering the event. The Shaw Baton relay in Pauatahanui traditionally marks the start of the Wellington cross-country season, and is run over 2km laps. It was clear and

sunny Saturday, with the slight northerly, but soft underfoot due to the rain earlier this month. Juniors, in particular, were a highlight. Some were in their first crosscountry event in their first season. The U18 boys team was one of the youngest teams in its division - with three aged under 15 - and came fifth. Wainuiomata Harriers and Athletic club spokes-

person Amanda Brew was pleased with the young athletes. “We`ve got some good up-and -coming runners, and two of the U18 runners are new this year,” she said. One, Joel Carman, got the team to a cracking start with a 6 minute 40 second lap, with 13-yearold Cameron Forsyth just a minute slower in his lap. Joel’s brother Jesse was

also in the team and their dad, Alan was in the senior team. The U13 girls also did well for sixth, Amanda said. Most of these in the junior teams will also be young enough to be in the same grade next year. The senior men’s division was taken out by Wellington Harriers and Athletics Club, after rivals Scottish Harriers had won the event for the previous 21 years.

with Jacob Page

Sports talk

Boxing gives itself another black eye This is why it’s hard to take boxing seriously. The world title fight between Hughie Fury and Kiwi champ Joseph Parker was meant to be at Auckland’s Vector Arena in two weeks but now appears off. The Fury camp is claiming an injury while the handlers of Parker, Duco Events, are not buying that at all. It’s another black eye for a sport which has given itself so many uppercuts to the jaw of credibility over the years. Duco now look likely to try to hunt out a top 15 ranked opponent willing to take a fight on super short notice enticed by the carrot of being a shock world champion. It’s bad news for Parker’s camp and the punters who have purchased tickets to see a genuine title fight between the Kiwi champ and a fighter hungry and well prepared for the opportunity. Parker has said this was likely to be the last world title fight in New Zealand as he predictably and quite rightly looks to chase bigger purses overseas. Having said that, a big name fight doesn’t always deliver. Mayweather/Pacquiao anyone? Maybe this will be better than the original scheduled bout. Anything is possible.

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