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Selwyn Times: May 31, 2016

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24 Tuesday May 31 2016 SELWYN TIMES

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday May 31 2016 25 SPORTS Introducing Selwyn Sports Trust Just over three years ago a group of Selwyn professionals with strong interests in sport created Selwyn Sports Trust. They had grand ideas for the Selwyn District and in the past three years have been working hard to realise these, or at least begin to realise them. SST has a clear vision; to enrich people’s lives and community wellbeing through sport and recreation. Its mission is to promote and support participation in sport and recreation in the Selwyn District. Its primary objective is to increase participation and volunteering in sport and active recreation by supporting, coordinating and complimenting existing providers. As such SST has designed and currently hosts three annual events; the Lake Crichton Series – Triathlon & Duathlon, the Koru Games and the Selwyn Running Festival. Ellesmere, Malvern and Lincoln Road Runners are also SST organised groups that operate on a weekly basis. These provide active members of the community a chance to exercise with others of a similar ilk. It is now the mission of Michael Wilson to ensure SST utilises its current resources to have the greatest impact on the sport and recreation landscape within Selwyn. He is also very keen to grow the resource base that SST has at its disposal. Watch this space for the future SST initiatives for the Selwyn District. CENTURION: Ryan Odering has joined the 100-game club for Lincoln. ​ Prop’s milestone • By Gordon Findlater LINCOLN PROP Ryan Odering has a new addition to the wardrobe after he bought up his 100th cap. He received his special blazer after the match against Burnham/Dunsandel/Irwell. The occasion was a special one for the 28-year-old who has been playing for Lincoln since the age of 12. “Playing with the group of guys, that’s what keeps me there. We have a good group of eight or nine guys I came through under-15s and colts with who are still together.” Some of Odering’s fondest memories have come on the field during his matches for the first division team, which he has been a part of for 11 years, winning multiple Ellesmere titles. The highest honour, though, was winning the combined country finals in 2011 and 2014. “Doing the double, that was pretty special.” Unfortunately for Odering and Lincoln, hopes of another combined title are over after Rakaia made the most of home advantage in Saturday’s quarterfinal, in what was his 101st match. While he now spends his days in the front row it wasn’t always the case. Standing at 1.89m and weighing in around 120kg, Odering’s senior rugby days began on the wing. “I ran 100m pretty quickly and was always a biggish sort of a lad.” A desire to get amongst the rough stuff has since led him to the front row with Lincoln teammate and World Cup winner Joe Moody helping him make the transition. “Joe’s a real asset for the club, he came out for my 100th game and I’ve learnt a lot from him during my transition from the wing.” The cap count is only expected to rise in the future for Odering who is already committed to another season of rugby as he looks to see his teammates replicate his achievement. “A few guys I came up the grades with are going for 100 next year.” SELWYN RUNNING FESTIVAL Entries will be open on Saturday 4 June for the sixth running of the Selwyn Running Festival. This is a fun, flat, family friendly festival with a race for all ages and abilities. Included in the Festival are the following race distances; • Lay Associates Half Marathon – run, hybrid & walk categories • McMillan Drilling Group 10km – run (including 3 person team categories) & walk • Oakleys 5km – run & walk • 1400m Kids Dash For more information and to enter go to the Trust website. WEEKLY COMMUNITY GROUPS Malvern Road Runners – Tuesday evenings from the Malvern Netball Centre in Darfield Lincoln Road Runners – Tuesday evenings from outside the Lincoln University Rec Centre Ellesmere Road Runners – Wednesday evenings from Leeston Physio