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Thursday June 1, 2017

SPORT

Council sponsors emerging sportswomen

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Living the sports lover’s dream This week must have been heaven for sports fans. Monday started early for me, watching Team New Zealand compete in the America’s Cup off Bermuda and Kiwi Scott Dixon start on pole at the Indianapolis 500. Say what you want about fat cats and their yachts, this America’s Cup racing is exhilarating to watch. The high speeds, intense tactics and short-timed racing make it perfect 21st century sports viewing for the easily distracted fan. Dixon’s crash, while a shame, was a testament to the safety equipment in the car. He walked away after being airborne at 350kph. Wednesday night is Origin night and if you’re a Queensland fan, you’re probably more excited about it than if you support the baby blue. The NBA finals start with the third consecutive finals series between

Jackie Kiddle, 2016 Sportswoman of the Year. PHOTO: Supplied.

Wellington City Council will be sponsoring the Emerging Sportswoman of the Year Category at the Wellington Hospitality Group Sportsperson of the Year Awards for the fourth time. The Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards would be taking place on Wednesday, June 14 at the TSB Bank arena. The Sport Wellington event celebrated sporting excellence in the capital, and Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester supported the contribution sport makes to the whole community. “This event is a great opportunity to not only showcase the remarkable athletes and sports teams we have in the capital, but also promote

the success and dedication of the coaches, volunteers, administrators, and of course, the supporters,” Mr Lester said. “We are celebrating a six-year-partnership with the currently second placed Pulse netball team this year. The team use our ASB sports centre in Kilbirnie as a practice space, and have access to our pools and Club Active facilities for training.” In November, council would be co-hosting a one day forum focused on increasing the visibility of women in sport and sparking a conversation around the power of sport to change the lives of New Zealand women and girls.

the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. It’s the best basketball on the planet. Watch LeBron James go into beast mode for the Cavs and Kevin Durant look for that elusive title he came to Golden State to win. The best movies are trilogies and this sporting clash will be no different. Add into that a Crusaders v Highlanders Super Rugby clash on Saturday night which pits the two best teams against each other, the start of the British and Irish Lions tour this weekend and cricket’s Champions Trophy beginning in England and the sports lover is spoilt for choice. How many matches can the Lions win on their month long tour? They’ll be lucky to win 40 per cent in my view. What a smorgasbord of sport to get excited about.

Lyall Bay club member off to Japan Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club member Atakura Julian will be part of the national team competing in the Sanyo Cup this month. The Sanyo Cup is an annual beach competition hosted by the Japan Lifesaving Association and this year it will be held at the Momochihama Seaside Park in Fukuoka from June 24-25. Atakura is both new to the team and new to the high performance

programme, having recently been called up to attend the Sanyo Cup. The two days of racing would include events such as Surf Race, Board Race, Oceanman/Woman, Beach Flags, Beach Sprint, Board Rescue Tube Rescue, Oceanwoman Relay and Beach Relay. New Zealand would join teams from Australia, USA, Great Britain, Netherlands, South Africa, Hong Kong and Japan.

Raising funds by riding across Canada By Emma McAuliffe

An Island Bay resident has got on his bike to raise funds for cancer research. Lindsay Gault headed to Canada on Sunday to set out on an extreme solo cycling adventure about the Arctic Circle with the aim of touching the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. He said he was inspired to do this as cancer had touched the lives of his loved ones. “In 2011 my life was rocked when my best mate Vince lost his wife to cancer. We were about to ride the length of Africa together. “I have seen so many close friends suffer, dreams lost and loved ones taken. My Dad died at age 49, last week both my sister and sister in law were diagnosed with cancer. “My sister had the added disappointment of having to cancel a world trip to see her children. “I want to carry the banner for seizing the opportunity and doing the things you love, but with contribution along the way,” Lindsay said.

This would not be the first time Lindsay, a veteran ultra-distance cyclist, had ridden to help others in need. In 2011 he rode 12,000 kilometres Cairo to Cape Town - raising money for bicycles for disadvantaged children and for remote transport for health workers in Africa, in 2013 he rode 3,000 kilometres Nairobi to Lusaka raising money for cancer and in 2016 he rode the length of New Zealand, again raising funds for cancer. Lindsay said this ride would be over 12,000 kilometres of transCanadian trails. “It will traverse the length and width of Canada. The ride is solo and unsupported utilising the TransCanada trails recently opened in celebration of Canada’s 200 year anniversary,” he said. He planned to have the journey finished on October 16.  For more information or to support Lindsay in his goal head to www.cancer-ride-arctic-pacificatlantic.kiwi.nz.

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Lindsay Gault has headed to Canada to raise funds for cancer research. PHOTO: Supplied.

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