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Stepping up the game By Julia Czerwonatis

The end of the school is approaching, and while senior students are still wracking their brains in final exams, many of them already start dreaming of what might come after graduation. For Christy Robinson, the next step into her future has already been decided. The Samuel Marsden Collegiate senior has been accepted at the Northern Illinois University (NIU) and will start college in August next year. “It’s amazing, I can’t wait to go,” Christy says. “I will be studying education and psychology, and I’m doing a minor in geography.” Christy, a young tennis talent, received a full athlete’s scholarship to study at the NIU – a great financial relief since tuition fees in the US can be costly. A year at university for local NIU students costs NZ$20,700 whereas international students pay $43.300. “I’ve been working together with Kiwi Athletes Agency to get the scholarship and was chosen for my academic as well as athletic performance.

Christy Robinson from Samuel Marsden Collegiate will study in Illinois, in the United States, to improve her tennis skills. PHOTO: Masanori Udagawa/

“The scholarship is secured for four years which is great, as I don’t have to worry about any fees at all and can concentrate on studying and training.” Christy will be joining the NIU Huskies women’s tennis

team for the fall 2018 season, participating in training sessions in the morning and hitting the books again in the afternoon. “The US offers so many more opportunities than New Zealand when it comes to tennis. We can

be quite limited here. “I’d like to progress, not only my tennis play but as a person.” Christy first picked up a tennis racket when she was 10, and at 12 she started playing competitively. She names reaching the quarterfinals of an ITF (International Tennis Federation) in September as one of her most significant accomplishments in her young career. In 2015, Christy was a runnerup for the New Zealand Masters 16 and under, which she is also proud of. While she is thrilled about leaving school and taking the next step in life, Christy will also miss school. “I’ve been there since year 7 and all my friends are going to Marsden. So it’s going to be very sad to leave and lose some of the people. “One of my friends has been accepted to another college in the US. It’s good to be in the same shoes as someone else and share that experience. “And my family, they are really excited for me, but I suppose they are also a bit scared as I’m an only child,” she says. “They always want the best for me.”

Racing down K-Hole at breakneck speed

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Mountain bikers from around the country come to race down K-Hole in Karori. PHOTO: Dan Sharpe/ By Julia Czerwonatis

Karori was packed with enthusiastic mountain bikers from all over the country as they gathered for the National Down Hill Race 3 a fortnight ago. It’s the first time since 2014 that the competition returns to Wellington’s mountain biking realms and organisers Wellington Mountain Bike Club were stoked with the turn-out. “We’re joining the race for a bit of fun,” Karori local Jason Gurr explains. Jason has been mountain biking on and off for about 20 years, and he enjoys the convenience of living in the city and having direct access to several mountain bike tracks at

the same time. “The track that we’re going down today promises heaps of action,” he says. “There’s always something new waiting for you around the next corner which makes for an exciting track.” Following Down Hill Race 2 in Napier on October 28 the champs of New Zealand’s downhill community tested their skills on the infamously steep and technical K-Hole – formerly known as 98DH. Khulan Tumen from Karori jumped on a mountain bike for the first time about four years ago and was hooked right away. “I love that the sport is out in nature,” Khulan, who just graduated from high school,

Karori mountain biker Khulan Tumen is getting ready to race down K-Hole. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis

explains. “I like the thrill of it. It’s an amazing feeling going down a hill.” Of over 280 participants, Rotorua’s Louis Hamilton recorded the fastest time, 1 minute 54 seconds, for the men and Auckland’s Vinny Armstrong for the women. Charlie Makea

from Napier took out U19 and also came third overall. Khulan came second in the U19 with 2 minutes 49. Jason took out the fifth place of the seniors men with 2 minutes 13. The event was supported by Mud Cycles, Marleen Wholesalers, the Garage Project and Trail Fund NZ.

Independent Herald 29-11-17  

Independent Herald 29-11-17

Independent Herald 29-11-17  

Independent Herald 29-11-17