Western Leader : January 12th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 15 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 12, 2012 SPORT S A n on o e ome m n m o e en n e e . om e A n on o e e n on ee , e o one A o e B oo & T om on T T on o C . A i m, Eve t E mi eve me t i i i ti i m eve t e i A m 1 2012 30 e 2013. eve t e t e t t e ti i te ti i te e t t t e e e t e e i ' ive bi it ex A ' e m . i e i eve t t t meet t e ite i t i e i A ' Eve t t te . A C i t e bi it t t mm it eve t e t e e te i t i e. t i m eve t i e t w t e i ti m vi it n n . om/m o e en on o OG_TEE 0341_SUB2 West club hits top form West wins: Goldberg Palota-Kopa, left, flies down the back straight in the 12-year-old boys 4 x 100 relay at the Auckland Relay Championships. The burgeoning talent of the Waitakere City Ath- letics club has been in sizzling form. And the club will be hoping its 14 representa- tives for the Trans- Tasman Challenge will continue its hot streak this Sunday at Mt Smart Stadium s No 2 ground. The competition sees some of the best Auck- land athletes in the 10 and 11 age groups com- peting in track and field against their New South Wales counterparts. Andrew Cave, Britney Ware, Cameron Halberg, Carlos Muru, Grace Liu, Jessica Depree, Joe Nevill-Jackson, Jonah Palota Kopu, Lazarus Salaivao, Lucy Makaea, Mogammad Ebrahim- Smith, TJ Paea, Zion Rasmussen and Zoe Tay- lor have been selected from Waitakere City. Over the past few weeks, 60 competitors aged between 7 and 14 years old have collected a swag of medals for the Henderson-based club. The athletes won the Papatoetoe Athletic Club s Festival Day and followed it up with a strong performance in the Counties/Manukau Relay Championships. The club won 18 gold, 11 silver and 4 bronze medals out of 56 possible medals. That performance was followed up with another complete effort of 18 golds, 16 silvers and 6 bronze medals from 58 events at the Auckland Relay Championships on December 3. The club also collected around 15 medals at the North Island Colgate Games last weekend. Club captain Paul Hand puts the success down to juniors commit- ting to the sport Instead of just focus- ing on a midweek club meeting our juniors focus on Saturday events as well which are held by the Auckland Centre. That extra competition is why they are getting bet- ter quickly. Birch on track for Lima The halfway point of the 2012 Dakar Rally has passed and Wai- mauku resident Chris Birch is still in the race to Lima. The 31-year-old, who featured in the Decem- ber 29 edition of the Western Leader, is coming 42nd in the field and aims to arrive in the Peruvian capital on January 15. Birch had a scare on day three of the rally when a crash resulted in more than $2400 worth of damage to his bike. Someone ran into meandoffIwent.I walked away without a scratch but the bike was quite damaged, the oil cooler was broken, his website said.
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