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Future ski stars show skills




Snowboarders contest banked slalom STAFF REPORTER The inaugural Billabong Banked Slalom event was held at Cardrona Alpine Resort on August 20, with competitors aged nine to 56 taking part. More than 130 snowboarders from New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Austria, Korea and the USA competed for the $5000 prizepool in men’s and women’s under-18, open and masters categories. Queenstown’s Deni Bevin clocked the fastest time of the day with 48.351, coming first in the men’s masters category. Nick Kendrick (Qtn) was placed second and Wanaka’s Aaron Jamieson was placed third. Wanaka’s Alex Brady topped the women’s masters podium with a time of 60.625,

followed by Hanka Vojtechoska (Qtn) and Lake Hawea’s Kirsty Smith in third place. Local men Stef Zeestraten, Tim Herbert and Richie Johnston filled out the open men’s podium placing first, second and third respectively. While Adele Walker from Nelson was placed first in the open women’s race followed by locals Barbora Bobulova and 16-year-old Ellie Saulter. The youngest competitor of the day was Siddhaitha Ullah from California, USA, with a fastest run of 60.83 in the under-18 male category. The race was won by 14-year-old Lachie Blackmore (Ack) in 50.818. Wanaka’s Rory Johns and Fletcher Craig, both 15, were placed second and third respectively. Wanaka’s Makayl Kellogg, 14, was placed first in the women’s category with a time of 59.572.

The junior inter-fields ski races rounded off a clear and occasionally snowy weekend at Cardrona on Sunday (August 21). The introductory alpine ski racing series, run by Wanaka Ski and Snowboard Club, saw Isabel Watterson and Harry Seeto top the under-8 category, with times of 1:33.90 and 1:29.42 respectively. Mathilda Watterson and Ali Packer achieved times of 1:24.70 and 1:27.04 respectively, putting them top of the

under-10 category, while Mikayla Smyth’s time of 1:16.08 put her top of the under-12 female category. Sammie Packer came top of the under-12 male category with the fastest time of the day, 1:12.17. Sui Brooking and Romeo Giudici rose to the top of the under-14 category with times of 1:22.31 and 1:15.32, while Kate Richards and Shunnosuke Takada came top of the under-16 category with times of 1:13.95 and 1:12.65. Pictured: Number four Dongheon Woo competing in the under-12 male category.

Top team performance


STAFF REPORTER Wanaka’s Sammy Burke was the sole Otago representative on the New Zealand junior cross country team to compete at the 2016 Australian Cross Country Champs in Canberra on August 20. Ten South Island athletes were on the team of 12 boys and 12 girls and three coaches travelled to the competition, Wanaka’s Val Burke and two North Island coaches. Sammy sprinted into sixth place over the 4km Stromlo Forest Park course,

putting her into the top NZ relay team. Sammy, along with Hannah O’Connor (New Plymouth), Bridie Edwards (Nelson), Ari Graham (Christchurch) and Tessa Webb (Feilding) contested the 16 to 18 year relay division, winning their category, and beating the under-20 girls as well as the 14 to 15 year olds. It was the best result New Zealand has had in the female division. Sammy will now prepare for the National Secondary Schools Athletics Champs in Auckland in December.

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Otago primary school champions STAFF REPORTER The Wanaka Primary School Year 6 netball team scored 92 goals on the way to winning the Otago Primary Schools Tournament in Dunedin at the Edgar Centre earlier this week.


They played and won seven games, with scores in the pool games of 18-0, 10-4, 18-0, 13-1, 14-1 and 11-0. They won the final 8-4. Coached by Tracy Scott, the team, pictured, is Annalise Millar, Millie Scott, Isabella Soper, Emilie Nicholson, Sara Jewell, Pyper Arnold, Amelia Young, Estelle Gellatly, Georgie Gillespie and Eva Humphreys.

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Wanaka Sun | 25 - 31 Aug 2016 | Edition 780  

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