North Shore Times : January 25th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 11 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 25, 2013 SPORT Outrigger regatta grows on paddlers Increased popularity: More and more outrigger paddlers want in on the action at the Takapuna Beach Cup. New Zealand's premier out- rigger and paddling regatta continues to grow with this year's event having an extra day of racing and four new races. The Takapuna Beach Cup runs from February 22 to 24 and begins on the Friday afternoon with a 7km outrig- ger race as a warm-up for international and out-of- town crews. Due to demand Saturday's race schedule now features two new races. The three main races are now a 42km marathon race with sea changes, set on a course around Rangitoto, Motutapu and Rakino islands. This is a change race, with nine or 10 person teams rotating through six seats in the canoe. The changes are carried out throughout the race with those being replaced rolling out of the boat while their replacements are waiting in the water as the canoe approaches and have to grab the gunwale of the canoe and drag themselves into their designated seat as it surges past. A gruelling 35km Iron race with no sea changes in which a six-person crew pad- dles the full distance out and around Motutapu Island. A 24km ocean ski race, open to single or double skis, set on an out and back course to Administration Bay. Sunday is a colourful day on the water and more races have been added. There is the traditional 24km out- rigger relay and a new 24km ocean ski relay plus a 9km SUP relay race. All courses are set close to the beach to allow spectators to follow teams' progress. Go to takapunabeach cup.com to find out more. Youth Olympians home from Aussie with haul of medals North Shore athletes picked up medals in athletics, bas- ketball, golf, rowing and weightlifting over five days of Olympic-style competition in Sydney. The Australian Youth Olympic Festival, which includes 1700 athletes from 30 countries, saw New Zea- landers return home with 69 medals. North Shore Rowing Club's Jefferson Haldane has three medals to his name. The 19-year-old won gold in the men's fours and achieved silver medals in both the men's pair and men's eight. On the running track, Bir- kenhead's Megan Kikuchi was part of the women's 1000m sprint medley which collected silver. Also on the track 15-year-old Lucy Jac- obs from Takapuna finished third in the women's 800m. On the basketball court North Harbour representa- tive 16-year-old Ella Fotu was part of the 3x3 team that ended up with a bronze medal. NorthSport Olympic Weightlifting's Charlotte Moss,17, has bronze from the 53kg weightlifting class. North Harbour golfer Lita Guo, 16, also achieved bronze in the mixed teams. We have a depth of talent emerging across a number of sports and I hope to see many of these athletes at the Youth Olympics in Nangjing, China, next year,'' chef de mission Chris Arthur says. Softball event needs workers Hardworking volunteer man- ager Steve Hohaia is confi- dent he has found the right people for the jobs so far. But with the Men's World Softball Championships at Rosedale Park fast approach- ing he needs even more will- ing workers. More than 200 people have been recruited to the volun- teer programme and they will have the opportunity to inter- act with people of all nation- alities, ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities during the championships which start on March 1. The volunteer centre has enrolled personnel from a wide variety of backgrounds all wanting to play their part in these championships, but due to ongoing ticket demand, more volunteers are needed for spectator services such as information, ticket- ing, exits and entrances and other venue-specific infor- mation,'' Hohaia says. Event director Claire Beard says without the hard work and support of the North Shore community the endeavour would be imposs- ible. There are many people involved in bringing these championships together and the volunteer group will be part of a legacy which will be enjoyed by many in the years to come. This is a very exciting event and will demand the highest level of service and the championships will be remembered by visitors, and participants as a very special time spent at Rosedale Park,'' she says. Go to softball2013.com to sign up to volunteer. Top pairs net easy wins Volleyball winners: Germany's Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude won the women's section of the North Harbour Open while Kiwis Ben and Sam O'Dea picked up the men's title. FINALS Burik/Casebeer (USA) lost to O'Dea/O'Dea (NZL) 0-2 (17,21) (18,21) Polley/Tilley (NZL) lost to Laboureur/Sude (GER) 0-2 (17,21) (8,21). The New Zealand pairing of the O'Dea brothers dominated the North Harbour Open while the Germans were too strong for the Kiwi No 1 team in the women's competition. In hot conditions at the Mairangi Bay Beach Volleyball Centre Ben and Sam O'Dea collected their third North Harbour Open title as a team with a comfortable 2-0 win over the United States team of Mark Burik and Jeremy Casebeer. Ben O'Dea dominated the game from the outset with his serving and transition play to win his fourth NH Open title in four years after winning the title last year with Kirk Pitman. In the women's final the power and control of German pairing Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude proved too much for New Zealand No 1 team of Julia Tilley and Shauna Polley. The event was the first stop on the NZ International Beach Volleyball Tour. Play time: Run-outs, hat-trick balls and big boundary shots all featured on the final morning of the 2013 Junior Cricket World Series hosted by North Shore Cricket Club. The three-day competition at Devonport Domain this week is an annual event which attracts cricketers of all abilities. All children across the three grades -- little league, middle and senior -- were split into teams representing Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies. Go to northshore times.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see more photos from the final day of action at the Junior World Series.
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