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World champ to compete
Two-time ironman world champion Chris
Macca McCormack will compete in
Challenge Wanaka in
January. Widely regarded as
the sport s most successful
triathlete, the Australian has
won over 200 international
races since 1993 and is the
only athlete to break the
eight-hour iron distance
barrier more than twice -- he
has broken it four times. Defending champion
Aaron Farlow is returning, as is 2011 champion
Jamie Whyte. Four-time Challenge Wanaka
winner Gina Crawford is also returning.
Wanaka multisport athletes Dougal Allan,
pictured in the Coast to
Coast race, and Jess Simson
won the individual men s
and women s Lake
titles during the weekend,
beating former Queens-
town-based Richard Ussher
and his wife Elina. Allan has
run second to Ussher three times at the Coast
to Coast and was thrilled with his result.
Soccer grounds proposal
A $500,000 proposal to develop four soccer
pitches, 30 car parks, toilets and an irrigation
system on Kelly s Flat Reserve, in Wanaka, is
open for public feedback. The Aubrey Rd site
is next to Wanaka Primary School and is
intended to be complementary to the
proposed Wanaka Sports Facility. A drop-in
session on the proposal will be held on
November 26 at the Lake Wanaka centre.
More information is available at qldc.govt.nz.
Gratitude prompts funding
Playground: Top New Zealand BMX rider Paul Langland on one of the
trails that has received a $5000 sponsorship from Queenstown's Atlas
Cafe, the first sponsorship of one of the town's numerous bike trails by
a business that does not relate specifically to bikes. Photo: TIM PIERCE
By GRANT BRYANT
The Wynyard mountainbike
freestyle park and Wynyard
Express downhill track have
received $5000 sponsorship
from Atlas bar and cafe -- the
first non-bike related sponsor-
ship of tracks so far con-
structed on hope and faith.
The Fernhill freestyle park is
renowned as the most devel-
oped park in the country, with
take-off ramps of up to two
metres allowing bikers to
perform a multitude of aerial
tricks and manoeuvres.
The Wynyard Express down-
hill trail is revered by local
riders and a magnet to
visiting bikers looking to test
their mettle on one of the most
well-known downhill tracks
in New Zealand.
The park and track have
evolved over the last eight
years under the management
of Queenstown Mountain
Bike Club's track builder and
designer Nathan Greenwood.
Along the way, help has come
from the Community Trust of
Southland, and Central Lakes
Trust as well as contracting
firm Fulton and Hogan.
Mr Greenwood said there was
a ''real faith and hope aspect''
to everything the club built
almost a decade ago.
''Faith that the sport would
grow, and hope that the
people of Queenstown and
local businesses would see
that growth as adding real
value to their customer base.
''So it's really great to have
Davey, as the owner of the
first non-bike related business
to get involved, help make
''By giving us sponsorship
he's acknowledging the whole
biking fraternity as valued
customers and putting money
into the upkeep of the tracks
that draw and keep those
customers here in Queens-
Atlas owner Davey McKenzie
said support was something
he had been on the receiving
''Our first two customers were
guys who pulled up here on
mountain bikes, and ever
since then we've become a bit
of a hub for riders.
''They're a good exciting crew
to have as some of your core
customers, and doing some-
thing like this is just far more
beneficial than putting those
dollars into advertising. They
look after us, and now we feel
like we're helping look after
The money had been matched
by the mountainbike club,
and was being spent on a
rebuild of sections of the
downhill track and remodell-
ing of the freestyle park.
''The area was becoming a bit
neglected, and its really
exciting to see it overhauled
and becoming the facility it
''It was just a big mess after
the loggers had been in there
eight years ago and we turned
it into a great recreational
space that people can use for
free,'' Mr Greenwood said.
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