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Wednesday January 31, 2018

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All-in training for local triathlon By Dan Whitfield

Locals who have not signed up to Wainuiomata’s TriAbility Triathlon are being encouraged to give it a go by taking part in free training sessions on Sundays. The event is being held on Saturday, March 17 and is an inclusive multisport event that supports people of all abilities in a competitive environment. It is being organised by Sport Wainuiomata for the fifth year in a row. In the past, the event has attracted healthy competition with athletes given the choice of three distances: Super Sprint (300m swim, 9km cycle, 3km run); and Super Sonic (20m swim, 40 0m cycle, 120m run). Terina Cowan, who is part of Sport Wainuiomata, says training sessions are held every Sunday morning until the event, with everyone welcome to attend.

The TriAbility Triathlon welcomes all levels of competitors, from first-timers to seasoned veterans of the multi-sport, she says. Terina says the training and have a go sessions give people the chance to try all three, two or just one of the different disciplines. Sessions start at 8.30am for running, 9am for cycling, and 9.45am for swimming. Those interested in taking part need to bring their own gear, bike, running and or swimming gear, and meet the Sport Wainuiomata team outside the Wainuiomata Summer Pool prior to the training times. Registrations for the TriAbility Triathlon are open and can be completed at the Wainuiomata Library on Queen Street. A Facebook page has also been set up for the event and can be found by searching ‘2018 TriAbility Triathlon’.

A group of locals at one of the recent training sessions. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Cleaning up the bays for event day

The Sport Wellington Round the Bays team and Sport Wellington staff after the clean-up. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Sport Wellington Round the Bays team and Sport Wellington staff have cleaned up the shoreline along Shelley Bay Road and Massey Road in preparation for the 2018 Cigna Round the Bays fun run/walk on Sunday, February 18. The event starts at Frank Kitts Park and ends at Kilbirnie Park and will see thousands of participants take part. Cleaning up the beach side

course was a high priority for the eco-conscious event team. Event director Anna Carrington had been for a drive around the course and says “some of the little beaches around Shelly Bay were just litter havens.” “It was very sad, so we are doing something about it,” she says. The clean-up crew worked in groups to pick up rubbish

along the coast where the half marathon course takes place. Broken glass and plastic were the main items found but there were a number of spots where people had dumped bag loads of rubbish.  Re gis trations f or the event can be made online at www.cignaroundthebays. co.nz with the early bird rate being available until January 31.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Women return serve at Aussie Open The women’s tennis at the Australian Open has been of high quality and may signal a resurgence for the women of the sport. After 15 years of men’s tennis dominating the landscape thanks to such surnames as Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray, it seems like that era may be coming to an end. The women’s final between Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki was absorbing tennis across three sets between the two highest ranked players in the world. Wozniacki prevailed against a tiring top seed Halep who had survived match points and epic three setters earlier in the tournament. Halep’s tenacity had seen her win many admirers over the fortnight and I’m not ashamed to admit she was the reason I tuned into the women’s side of the draw. Wozniacki in her own right finally delivered on years of

being the bridesmaid and never the bride. The duo look set to lead the women’s game into the next chapter while an ageing Serena Williams lurks in the background as she makes her return after becoming a mother late last year. It was refreshing to see compelling tennis that didn’t involve the big four. I’ve long zoned out of women’s matches at grand slams because of the vast number of champions at the top level over the past decade and the seemingly one-sided shorelines that have become the norm. The men’s is set to have a golden era end very soon and the time is right for the women to take the momentum and go with it. On a side note - Federer at 36-years-old is phenomenal. Goes to show you that Father Time can be slowed if you are smart and manage your playing workload and don’t punish your joints too much on court.

All Black remembered Former All Black Graham Williams has passed away. The loose forward played 18 games for the All Blacks between 1967 and 1968, including five test matches. He also played a record 174

matches for Wellington and nearly 200 club games for the Wellington Football Club. For many years, Williams was one of the principal partners of Williams and Adams, which was Wellington’s longest estab-

lished and largest motor vehicle dealership. “Graham was a huge figure in rugby, and for many years was the pride of Wellington,” said Wellington City Council Mayor Justin Lester. “He was revered at

the Wellington Football Club, and understandably so.” “The Williams and Adams car dealership was a big employer in Wellington and Graham was always a popular boss, someone many people speak fondly of,”

he says. Justin says he understood Graham had not been in good health for some time, but “his death is very sad news for everyone who followed his career and came into contact with him in business.”

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