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Breathtaking: Athletes in action during the run stage of the Paradise Triathlon and Duathlon series in 2013 with
wonderful views of Mount Aspiring National Park.
Photo: TIM CLAYTON 626143027
What: Paradise Triathlon,
Duathlon and Run.
When: Saturday, 1pm start.
Where: Paradise, Glenorchy.
Register: Between 10.30am and
12.30pm, Paradise Homestead.
Top athletes tri-ing
By BROOKE GARDINER
Some of the biggest names in
New Zealand triathlon are
expected to turn out to compete
at Paradise this weekend.
Paradise Triathlon organiser
Adrian Bailey said although
triathletes were typically slow to
register themselves for events,
he expected another impressive
lineup in the third event in the
Outside Sports sponsored five-
part triathlon series.
''I'm not 100 per cent sure yet
but I am expecting Olympian
Nicky Samuels and her husband
Steve Gould and local athletes
Thijs Hubber, Adam Wilson and
Fynn Thompson to compete.''
Wilson recently qualified for the
world long course triathlon
championships in France in
June and young emerging talent
Thompson is fresh from two
wins in the 16- to 17-year-old
male section of the Contact Tri
Series held in Christchurch and
Wanaka this month. Hubber is
sitting fifth in the open male
division of the Contact spon-
The triathlon is one of two off-
road events in the series and
offers athletes the rare oppor-
tunity to compete at Paradise,
''There is a novelty in doing a
race at Paradise in the shadow
of Mt Earnslaw.''
With the multi-sport and triath-
lon calendar constantly expand-
ing, athletes have more race
options than ever before but
Bailey believes the stunning
setting of the races he organises
helps to bring the competitors
back year after year.
And, the scenery makes it a lot
easier to attract the all-
important volunteers, he said.
''They are nice places and it
helps because people actually
want to come out and enjoy
Last year the event, which also
includes two duathlon and two
run options, attracted about 240
Powered up: Christchurch powerboat driver Raymond Hart behind the wheel as ''The
Boss'' kicks up a huge plume of wake in a recent practice run for Queenstown's New
Zealand Powerboat Federation Festival of Speed event to be held in March.
Speedsters raring to go
By GRANT BRYANT
March's powerboat Festival of Speed
event in Lake Wakatipu's Frankton
Arm could be ''petrolhead heaven''
for motorsport enthusiasts from all
over the southern region, the New
Zealand Powerboat Federation reck-
Competition secretary Denise
Moughan, who was in Queenstown
last week sorting behind-the-scenes
details for the massive gathering of
powerboats, said the course, just off
the Kelvin Heights Peninsula at
Kelvin Grove, offered spectators
vantage points unheard of in other
The televised event will be free to
attend even for those watching from
close by and promises spectators the
chance to witness all the risks
involved in any high horse-power
If the March 23 and 24 event went
well, Queenstown could be con-
sidered to host a world champion-
ship event in 2014.
Commercial jetboats and cruising
craft would not be restricted from
normal operations, and spectator
craft would be allowed within 100
meters of the course.
The powerboat pit area would be
opened up to the public at certain
times, Moughan said.
Extreme athletes: Red Bull's elite Kiwi athletes, including, at rear from left,
enduro motorcyclist Chris Birch, FMX rider Nick Franklin, renowned fixed
gear and mountainbike rider Jenna Makgill, high-speed drifting specialist
Mike Whiddett, BMX rider Jaden Leeming, downhill mountainbiker Brook
MacDonald and, front, whitewater kayaker Ben Brown and FMX king Levi
Sherwood gathered in Queenstown for the company's annual summit last
week. Red Bull New Zealand communications manager John Forder said
taking time to concentrate on the mental side of the athletes' careers was
vital, especially given their extremely busy training and competition
schedules. Having some bonding time was also important for the high-
calibre solo athletes, who often travelled alone. During the summit, team
building and motivational exercises were led by former Auckland Warriors
captain and NRL star Steve Price, as well as seminars by leading social media
experts. Activities included golf, jetboating, helicopter rides, knife throwing,
shooting and trampolining.
Photo: MILES HOLDEN
Their win also earned them
the title of Etchells National
Wanaka's India Fitzgerald
and Dunedin's George Early
were successful in the junior
dinghies division, Andrew
Child of Queenstown won
the senior dinghies section,
and the trailer sailor
category was taken out by
Southlander John Dale.
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