Defending the title

A local athlete, Dougal Allan, is training meticulously towards defending his title at February’s gruelling 2020 Coast to Coast Longest Day race. The Coast to Coast demands a high level of fitness, as well as skill sets across three sporting...... Read More

Council pitches idea for more sports fields

Stage Three of the Queenstown Lakes District’s (QLDC) Proposed District Plan (PDP) suggests the zoning of the old oxidation ponds, section 32, 100 Ballantyne Road to active sport and recreation, and Sport Central and Upper Clutha Sports Community...... Read More

Hāwea Honeys knock it out of the South Island

The Hāwea Honeys, a 13-girl squad of Jump Jam athletes took gold at the South Island championships last weekend —  a huge feat for a tiny rural school. If the North Island doesn’t score higher points this weekend, then the NZ title...... Read More

Commitment pays off for karate champ

MAC year 7 student Ryan Enoka won both of the premier gold medals in the Southland Otago Karate Championships held in Queenstown over Labour Weekend. He competed in the 12-13 year old boys premier division taking out Kata and Kumite with convincing...... Read More

A clean sweep for Wānaka in sevens

Hundreds of footballers converged at the Molyneux sports ground in Alexandra over the weekend. Typically the sun shines and there is a real party atmosphere as the summer begins with a great festival of football. Three tournaments take place simultaneously...... Read More

Currie’s guide to Ironman nutrition

Braden Currie isn’t quite made of steel — but almost. The professional Kiwi Ironman gave the Wānaka Sun some advice on what it takes to be a real Ironman. When asked about the diet, training regime and mental endurance, Currie said, ”The...... Read More

The mental game of an Ironman

Running down some of the best endurance athletes on the planet, Red Bull’s Braden Currie finished the 2019 Vega Ironman World Championship, as the first Kiwi to cross the finish line, in seventh place. In addition to the gruelling physical component...... Read More

Swimming champ wins two national golds

Wanaka’s local swim team competed at New Zealand Short Course Swimming Championships which were held during the school holidays at the National Aquatic Centre in Auckland. Four swimmers finished well with the most outstanding results going to...... Read More

Gold, silver and bronze at NZ Champs

As if reaching extraordinary achievements isn’t remarkable enough, doing it before turning 16 is even more remarkable. For Wānaka’s local girls, this is now their reality. The girls just returned from the 2019 New Zealand Gymnastics Championships,...... Read More

Prize-giving ceremony for the 2019 Junior Freestyle Champion

The Snow Sports NZ Junior Freestyle Nationals wrapped up at Cardrona Alpine Resort on October 4 2019, with skiers and snowboarders throwing down in the 22ft Olympic halfpipe. For some junior nationals competitors, the day began early with an Australia...... Read More