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Sled dog racers'
Maniototo mushers Nigel and
Rose Voice finished third and
fourth respectively in
Midnight Madness,'' the
world's second longest dry
land sled dog race, over the
weekend. Mr Voice
completed the 85km Taupo
race in 14 hours, while Mrs
Voice finished fourth, just 10
minutes behind her husband,
and was also the first woman
home. Of the 16 teams
competing, two teams did not
complete the race.
A golf tournament to raise
funds for Otago Polytechnic
sports turf management
students will be held at the
Cromwell Golf Course this
weekend. Funds raised from
the mens and womens
ambrose competition will go
towards student study tours
of major sports venues.
Mountain bike champs
Central Otago school
students have until next
Friday to register for the
Central Otago Schools
Mountain Bike Champs. The
champs are in Earnscleugh
on September 22. Four age
group sections will be held;
under-20, under-17, under-15
Sprint racing returns to
Cromwell with the Central
Otago Motorsport Club
hosting a 1.5km sprint race
event in the industrial area in
Hell on three silver wheels
Hard ride: Sophie Williamson finishing second in the
womens 7.5 kilometre scratch race at the UCI Juniors Track
Cycling World Championships held at the Invercargill
Velodrome last week.
Photos: ROBYN EDIE
Finish line: Alexandra cyclist Liam Aitcheson competes at
the UCI Juniors Track Cycling World Championships in
Invercargill last week.
By CHE BAKER
Two of Alexandra's rising cycling
superstars Sophie Williamson
and Liam Aitcheson have brought
home three silver medals from the
UCI World Junior Track Cham-
pionships held at the Invercargill
Velodrome last week.
Williamson, 18, was able to one-up
her bronze medal performance
from last year's championships,
held in Russia, to win silver in the
80 lap women's points race.
She then went on to win another
silver in the women's scratch race
after Jennifer Valente, of the
United States, lost her gold medal
when she was disqualified for not
holding her line in the final lap.
Watching her team mates ''fight-
ing'' on the track to win a total of
10 medals had been the highlight
of the event, Williamson said.
Aitcheson, 18, was part of the New
Zealand mens 4km team pursuit,
along with Dylan Kennett, of
Waimate, Hayden McCormick, of
Te Awamutu, and Hamish
Schreurs, of Canterbury, who
were pipped at the finish line by
Australia, by just under two
New Zealand coach Ross
Machejefski said the boys dug
deep to get into the final.
''They've left nothing on the track
and earned a spot on the podium
so you have to be happy with
that," Mr Machejefski said. 25
countries competed at the event.
Winter camp boosts skills
Serious horsing around: Central Otago Pony Club annual instruction
campgoers, from left: Millie Harrex with Madame Satene, of Clyde, Georgie
Dickson and Bell Harry, of Hawea-Wanaka, national instructor Jennifer Howard,
associate national instructor Jane Withers, national instructors Kevin Lawrence
and Jacque Williams, Brooke Elstob with Flight of Fancy, of Hawea-Wanaka, and
national instructor Peter Barke.
Central Otago Pony Club's annual
instruction camp is paying off for
riders, with success at major
regional and national events
earlier this year.
For the fifth year running, pony
clubbers took advantage of an
end-of-winter visit by five
national instructors at Cromwell
Funded by a Pub Charity grant, 51
riders from Hawea-Wanaka,
Clyde, Wakatipu and Cromwell
pony clubs got a weekend chock-
full of theory and hands-on
learning about horse manage-
ment, dressage, showjumping and
Club member and camp organiser
Fe Howie said: "It's a great kick
start for the kids because it helps
them consolidate and extend on
what they already know.''
The camp, along with regular
visits by national coaches, had
helped lift the standard of riding
and contributed to competitive
successes by Central Otago riders,
Ms Howie said.
Earlier this year Cate Howie,
Callum Geddes, of Clyde, and Lisa
Milliken, of Wakatipu, were
members of the senior, junior and
training teams, which had a clean
sweep at the national eventing
championships in Oamaru.
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