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Brother, sister luge champs
By CHE BAKER
the 2012 New
The 2012 New Zealand Luge Champion
ships took place at the Naseby Luge
Track on Sunday with the hot favourites,
Ranfurly brother and sister duo Josh and
Elle Steele, winning their respective
New Zealand Luge Association president
Geoff Balme said Elle, 13, capped off a
dominant season by winning her first
New Zealand Championship title in the
junior women's event.
She was the most consistent junior
women's racer during the season,
winning all three Naseby Cup races, and
moved up from her fifth overall position
last year, Mr Balme said.
Elle recorded a time of 44.28 seconds on
the track with Tayla Ward, of Dunedin,
placing second after recording 48.24sec
and Cheyan Vowles, of Ranfurly, placing
third after recording 49.75sec.
Elle's older brother Josh, 15, continued
his seasons' form, winning the junior
Like his younger sister, Josh was the
most consistent junior men's racer
during the season, winning all three
Naseby Cup races as he did last year and
Josh was also able to regain his New
Zealand title, which he first won in 2010,
after losing it last year to Tyler Cathro-
Carson, of Timaru.
On Sunday Josh recorded a time of
42.79sec to win the competition, with
Bailey Dowling, of Naseby, recording
43.75sec and placing second and Callum
Clark, of Dunedin, placing third with a
time of 45.82sec.
A total of 27 athletes competed.
Small club kicks butt
Top trio: Roxburgh Taekwondo Club
team members Joseph Groters, Brayden
Whyte and Taylor Hair show off some of
their medal winning moves in Roxburgh
Photo: CHE BAKER
By CHE BAKER
Three high-kicking Roxburgh taek-
wondo enthusiasts have returned as
champions after competing at the
New Zealand Taekwondo Nationals
Taylor Hair, 14, Joseph Groters and
Brayden Whyte, both nine, competed
with over 300 other fighters at the
nationals in Christchurch earlier
Taylor, a black-tip, won gold in the 43
kilogram division and the under
Brayden, grade four, won silver in
the under 31kg division and Joseph,
grade five, won two bronze medals in
the 34kg division and patterns
Roxburgh Taekwondo Club presi-
dent Richard Groters said all three
boys were in contention for gold
medals and had done well to place
after some tough fights.
The club, which has seven members,
was the only one of its type in
The competition attracted large
teams from the North Island.
The trio train twice a week and were
coached by Taylor's father Bruce.
Taylor said he was drawn to the
sport after watching his father, a
black-belt, take part and he wanted
to follow in his footsteps.
Brayden and Joseph were inspired
to pick up the sport after watching
Taylor and Bruce train.
All three said they have been
watching taekwondo fights during
the Olympics Games and were
taking notes to improve their skills
for when they next compete.
By CHE BAKER
Venue: Alexandra Rugby
Time: 7.30pm -- doors open
Cost: $20, which includes
The 2012 Central
Otago netball sea-
son will be cele-
brated after its
final whistle on
Saturday with an
evening of guest
former New Zea-
''A Question of
Sport'', being held
at the Alexandra Rugby Clubrooms, will feature
talks from former All Black Grahame Thorne,
former Black Cap Shayne O'Connor, former All
Black assistant coach Tony Gilbert and former
Silver Ferns coach Leigh Gibbs.
Event organiser Jenni Bruce said funds raised
from the event would go towards the resurfacing
project at the Central Otago Netball Centre.
As well as talks from the guests, an auction will be
held featuring a signed 2011 All Black's training
jersey, donated by Andrew Hore, and a bottle of
port signed by Prime Minister John Key.
CONC president Sally Bell said the centre had
been fundraising for the $620,000 resurfacing for
three years and so far had raised about $335,000.
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