Sport

Giving it a tri

  TriWanaka’s first race of its second series was held last Friday, with locals and holiday-makers getting together for the fun community event. Designed for all levels and ages, the series, which runs every Friday for the next four weeks,...... Read More

Epic swims for the Epic Swim

Hundreds of swimmers took to the open water for the tenth annual Epic Swim on Lake Taupo last weekend, among them were Wanaka Swim Club coach Camille Gulick and squad member Emily Heath, 15. Heath and Gulick, who are also members of the Wanaka Lake...... Read More

Locals athletes among Halberg Awards finalists

Four local athletes - Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (snowboarding), Nico Porteous (freeskiing), Adam Hall (Para alpine skiing) and Corey Peters (Para alpine skiing) - are among the 27 finalists for six categories in the ISPS Handa Halberg Awards. The awards,...... Read More

Roys Bay regatta

Lake Wanaka was filled with sails over the weekend for the annual Mitre 10 Roys Bay Regatta, hosted by Wanaka Yacht Club. After three days of racing, the winners were: Craig Fahey (Senior Dinghy), Alex Bruce (Trailer Yachts), Mark Williams (Etchells),...... Read More

Second solo swim of Lake Wanaka

Despite an injury and an intensive training schedule, a Wanaka woman is diving head first into another solo attempt to swim the 45km length of Lake Wanaka to Roys Bay in remembrance of her late husband. Fiona (Fi) Fairbairn, 49-years-old, moved her...... Read More

Massive mountain-bike trail project pedals forward

  Despite Central Otago opening doors to adventure in nearly every corner of its land, a local group of residents think the area is missing a key element: a world-class biking and walking track. Their solution? Be the first to build it. Six Wanaka...... Read More

New local community sport advisor

Kelvin “Tiny” Carruthers has been announced as the region’s new Sport Central community sport advisor. Sport Otago and Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) created the new role to support clubs with their needs, including quality...... Read More

Annual rodeo attracts crowds, competitors

  About 180 contestants competed at yesterday’s Wanaka Rodeo in front of a crowd of thousands. There were eight rodeo events contested on the day: bareback, rope & tie, saddle bronc, team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling and the...... Read More

Hudson holds on for GS victory

Local ski racer Piera Hudson faced -35 degree temperatures and strong winds at Wanlong Ski Resort in China, but held on to her first run lead in the giant slalom to take victory. On the final day of the four-day Far East Cup race series, racers’...... Read More

World Cup silver for Porteous  

Freeskier Miguel Porteous has claimed the first World Cup medal of his career, earning silver at the FIS Freeski Halfpipe World Cup at Copper Mountain, USA. Porteous qualified second in his heat to book his place in the 10-man final. His first run,...... Read More