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Thursday May 17, 2018

SPORT

Sprinter, marathoner top athletics award winners Two local runners were the key winners in the Athletics Wellington awards at Newtown Park last week, with promising teen middle distance athlete Finn Seeds picking up several awards. Sprinter Alex Haye, who lives in Hataitai and is a member of Wellington Harriers Athletic Club, was awarded the senior male sprinter and the overall male athlete awards. He was a member of the winning Athletics Wellington 4x100m male relay team at the National Track and Field championships and won the 400m event in 47.63 seconds and came third in the tough 200m event. He also won two golds in regional sprint events. Marathon athlete Ruby Muir, from Karori and who runs for Scottish Harriers, was awarded the top female athlete award, and the award for the senior female cross country and road athlete. She is also the country’s topranked trail runner, and won both the Wellington marathon and half- marathon (competing in the latter for the first time), and was third in the Auckland marathon. Fifty-three awards were presented at the May 9 awards dinner, covering track and field, cross country and road events for both junior and senior athletes, masters, coaches and volunteers

Sprinter Alex Haye, of Hataitai, has been crowned Wellington’s best male track and field athlete for the 2017/18 season. With him is Athletics Wellignton co-chair Michael Wray. PHOTO: Supplied

in the Wellington and Wairarapa regions. Lower Hutt middle distance runner Finn Seeds was awarded the cup for the most outstanding athlete under 15, also taking out the middle distance and cross-country awards for his age group. Finn, 14, has won all the inter-clubs and secondary school

competitions he has competed in, with 18 gold medals in all. A special leadership certificate, recognising outstanding contribution to the development of athletics in the region was awarded to Jo Murray for her work as a volunteer as well as her work as the Athletics Wellington’s Sport Development Manager.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Aussies will be vulnerable for Boxing Day test The Black Caps being given a Boxing Day test against Australia in 2019 couldn’t have come at a better time. New Zealand, while not at their 2015 peak, are likely to be very competitive against an Aussie side bogged down in turmoil of their own creation when they play in the glamour match for the first time in 32 years. New Australian cricket coach Justin Langer has a few issues to juggle. Not only does he have to keep on-field performance high and the winning culture the Aussie public expects, but he also has to breed a better on-field culture. Doing all those things while getting used to his own role and assisting new captain Tim Payne won’t be easy. The Australians were easily cast aside by South Africa in their last test series and with Steve Smith, David Warner and to a lesser extent Cameron Bancroft all unavailable for the foreseeable future, these are shaky times indeed. Aussie’s best pace bowler

Mitchell Starc is also battling injury issues. New Zealand is reliant on captain Kane Williamson and veteran Ross Taylor to score the runs and Trent Boult and Tim Southee to take the wickets. A series win over England should give the group plenty of confidence. The team has areas of improvement it needs to address but also the players who can make those improvements. Tom Latham has shown glimpses of being a quality test opener, Henry Nicholls scored a big ton in the Eden Park win over England and Ish Sodhi is becoming more consistent with the difficult art of leg spin. If the team can get an all rounder like Corey Anderson or Jimmy Neesham fit, then all of a sudden depth would be created. Day one of a Boxing Day test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the event of the year. It’s a chance for the Black Caps to earn international respect and come 2019 they should be in a prime position to upset the form guide.

EASTERN SUBURBS

SPORTS TRUST SPONSORED BY MIRAMAR & KILBIRNIE THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED $5,050 IN APRIL 2018 TO EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS, KINDERGARTENS, SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND SPORTS CLUBS ETC.

DEAN GALT (ESST) WITH CARRE FITSEMANU – WELLINGTON U19 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TRAVEL COSTS

BRIAN GALT (ESST) WITH DAVID LONG – TRAVEL TO AUSTRALIAN SURF LIFESAVING CHAMPS PERTH

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DEAN GALT (ESST) WITH HAVEN DIXON – NZ U17 MENS BASKETBALL TRAVEL TO CHINA

THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED TO THE FOLLOWING EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS • MELANIE GRAHAM –CANSURVIVE DRAGONBOAT TEAM - TRAVEL COSTS TO DRAGONBOAT FESTIVAL IN ITALY • PARIS LOKOTUI – U19 BASKETBALL WOMEN’S TEAM COSTS • CODY LOKOTUI – U17 BASKETBALL TABA (TONGA AOTEAROA BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION) TEAM – TRAVEL COSTS • SIONE MATHIAS TOIMATA - U17 BASKETBALL TABA (TONGA AOTEAROA BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION) TEAM – TRAVEL COSTS • CARRE FITSEMANU - U19 BASKETBALL WOMEN’S TEAM COSTS • AMELIA MANCE – NZ U20 ULTIMATE FRISBEE TEAM – TRAVEL COSTS TO TOURNAMENT IN CANADA • SOPHIE MANCE – NZ U20 ULTIMATE FRISBEE TEAM – TRAVEL COSTS TO TOURNAMENT IN CANADA • MARANUI SURF LIFESAVING - FINS AND DIVING BRICKS FOR POOL COACHING• KILBIRNIE TENNIS CLUB – GROUP COACHING PROGRAM• GOT-CHA FITNESS/ORIES RUGBY CLUB • NIKITA HIROKI – JUNIOR WHITE SOX TEAM – COSTS FOR TOURNAMENT TO CANADA

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GIVEN AWAY TO DATE $1,702,805

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