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Local swimmers who placed in the top 10
for their age group at the New Zealand
Junior Championships in Wellington over
the weekend were: Queenstown's Mila
Jojic who races for Neptune Swimming
Club and placed fifth in 100m butterfly;
Molly Law of Queenstown Swimming
Club, placed fifth in 100m butterfly and
ninth in 100m backstroke, and Gregor
Findlay of Wanaka Swimming Club,
seventh in 100m backstroke and ninth in
Wanaka's Byron Wells was
fourth at the FIS World
Cup halfpipe contest in
Russia last week,
signalling a strong return
from a leg injury. Older
brother Jossi was ninth
and younger brother
Beau-James was 15th. Also from Wanaka,
Lyndon Sheehan was 22nd and Janina
Kuzuma was 15th in the women's event.
Triathlete wins run
Wanaka triathlete Ben Logan won the
second race in the Kathmandu Riverrun
Trail Series, on Saturday. More than 60
runners took part in the Wanaka event.
Logan finished with a time of 49:5. Shaun
Green (Australia) was second with 50:16
and Blair Smith, also Wanaka, was third.
In the women's field it was an all-Wanaka
finish with Kelly Spaans winning, Dani
Nicholson 17 seconds behind in second
and Shannon Foley third.
A record 3676 people will take part in the
ninth Motatapu on March 9, across five
events. Braden Currie will go head-to-
head with Richard Ussher in the XTERRA
event. Currie won the recent Coast to
Coast, with Ussher second. NZ Olympic
triathlete Nicky Samuels will compete in
the triathlon. Motatapu record holder and
junior world champ Anton Cooper will
compete in the mountainbike race.
Coast to Coast winners
Champions: Braden Currie and Jess Simson, of Wanaka, who respectively took out the one-day individual race
and the two-day women's individual race at this year's Speight's Coast to Coast.
PHOTO: JESSICA MADDOCK
By JESSICA MADDOCK
The number of successful
adventure racers making
Wanaka their base is growing,
giving Nelson -- the traditional
home of multisport athletes -- a
run for its money.
Local endurance coach, Val
Burke, said Wanaka ''domin-
ated the Coast to Coast this
Braden Currie and Dougal
Allan, who both live in
Wanaka, took out first and
third place respectively in the
men's one-day individual race,
also known as the longest day
and doubling as the World
Ailsa Rollinson, also of
Wanaka, who Burke described
as ''a dark horse, not even
rated in the top 10,'' was third
among the women doing the
one-day individual race, and
multisport newcomer Jess
Simson won the women's two-
day individual race.
The Wanaka athletes also
picked up several race records.
Burke said the young sport-
speople who based themselves
in Wanaka when she moved to
the town six years ago were
skiers and, these days, more
and more multisport athletes
were making the area home.
''Wanaka's getting a name as a
wonderful training ground.
The climate is perfect for
training, but young guys are
still going to have to find
employment and that's where
reality kicks in. It is hard to
make a living in multisport.
''But, on a positive note, it is
growing. People are realising
25 year olds can live here and
Currie, originally from Meth-
ven, and Simson, from Welling-
ton, were good examples.
Both had chosen Wanaka for
its many sporting and active
lifestyle opportunities, had
bought property in the town
and intended to stay long-term.
Simson said the training was
easy in Wanaka with great
mountainbiking, road riding,
lakes and rivers for paddling
''And there's the support --
physios, massage, good food.
It's the complete package,''
Currie said multisport club
premises would help cement
Wanaka's growing reputation
as a great base for the sport.
The club could stockpile gear,
so newcomers to the sport
could give it a go without
having to first invest in
It would also enable athletes to
meet and train together.
''You see each other out and
about, but everyone's doing
their own thing,'' he said.
Allan is also the president of
the Southern Lakes Multisport
Club and said the organisation,
which had 70 members
throughout the Queenstown
Lakes and Central Otago
districts, was facing problems.
Due to a lack of dedicated
space, its four kayaks had been
stored in a member's house.
But the house had been sold
and the club was now seeking
Allan was a strong supporter of
a proposed Wanaka Rowing
Club base at Stoney Creek and
was disappointed when con-
sent for the project was denied.
The storage space would have
been used by various water
Pines could convert
to energy source
By JESSICA MADDOCK
What: Energy forum to discuss
the region's current and future
energy needs and how they may
be sustainably met
Where: Queenstown Lakes
District Council's Queenstown
and Wanaka offices (linked by
When: Monday 25 February,
Potential future electricity
sources in the Queenstown Lakes
and Central Otago districts will be
explored at a public forum next
The two district councils, the
Department of Conservation and
the Energy Efficiency and Conser-
vation Authority have com-
missioned a study on the possi-
bility of using renewable energy
sources, such as wilding pines, in
Local businesses and organis-
ations have been surveyed on
their energy use and their interest
in switching to a renewable
Wanaka's swimming pool, Mt
Difficulty winery and Dunstan
High School were among exam-
ples of local facilities which had
switched from using coal to heat
spaces and water, to using wood.
But despite the abundance of
pesky wilding pines in the area,
the wood chips they used were
trucked in from forests.
The forum would discuss the
region's energy use, along with
the past, present and future
supply of energy and how it may
The speakers would include
energy consultant Lloyd McGinty
on the potential for using wilding
pines as a source and two solar
energy specialists, Yevrah Orn-
stein and Scott Jones. Task force
volunteers would also be sought to
develop the ideas further, before
presenting their recommenda-
tions mid year.
The forum is open and organisers
hoped people with interests in
potential energy sources, or with
views and expertise on traditional
sources, would attend.
Pumped up: Healthy hearts were the focus of Valentine's Day for the young pupils of Arrowtown Early Learning Centre
who wore red and spent the day learning about healthy hearts, good food and exercise. Teacher Alice Orr said the children
had dressed in red and they had a voluntary gold coin donation to raise funds for the Heart Foundation. ''We've been
learning about what makes a healthy heart and talking about the importance of good food and exercise.'' Above, Chloe
Ireland, 3, feeding her brother Cooper Ireland, 2, an apple, while Fehn Cox, 3, cuts his healthy treats in the background.
Photo: BROOKE GARDINER / FAIRFAXNZ 627619912
Health the heart of love day
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