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Selwyn Times: January 10, 2017

Selwyn Times: January 10,

FREE TUESday JaNUaRy 10 2017 379 7100 Selwyn Times Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Kea (Nestor Notabilis) Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthurs Pass Young Nathan serves it up to much older rivals • By Gordon Findlater A 13-YEAR-OLD is taking the Ellesmere interclub competition by storm and is unbeaten through six games in the division one competition. Nathan McKenzie started his senior interclub campaign with Killinchy in style last year, accounting for Rolleston’s Malcolm Penny 9-0. That was the first of six straight singles wins, most of which he accomplished as a 12-year-old. What makes his achievement even more impressive are that all but two of his victories have come by at least a five game differential, all against opposition far older. The young gun dominated coming through the Ellesmere junior ranks winning the Ellesmere 10 and under titles in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. He then won the 12 and under titles in 2014-2015 and 2015- 2016. In December he competed for the Ellesmere open men’s title, losing 3-6, 3-6 to John Honeywell, who lost to Wilton Atkins in the final. “He’s highly driven and has a great attitude. The reason he’s so good is because he’s very mature for his age and he knows what he has to do to get better,” said Atkins. Atkins who is a coach in Ellesmere believes that Nathan has the potential to grow into one of the country’s top young players. “He’s got the potential to go for age group titles and play in Junior ITF (International Tennis Federation) events and go for an American college scholarship. If he wanted to he could even go pro, a lot of things will have to go his way but if he really focuses on it then anything’s possible”, said Atkins. Nathan has stayed sharp during the holiday season, with an impressive outing at the Canterbury Junior Christmas Classic at Wilding Park. Competing in the 14 and under age group he made the quarter finals in the singles competition before being beaten 2-6, 3-6 by tournament winner Nick Schneideman. He also finished runner-up with partner Jarred Hill in the doubles. Nathan will look to continue his remarkable run in the interclub competition when it resumes on January 17. Killinchy is unbeaten after three rounds of the division one championship and will take on bottom of the table Prebbleton-Lincoln in their first match of 2017. In other division one action second placed Springston play Rolleston. YOUNG GUN: 13-year-old Nathan McKenzie has been punching beyond his years in Ellesmere’s top interclub competition and doesn’t look like slowing down. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN Work starts at busy intersection to ease traffic congestion WORK IS under way on the $15 million bypass near the Waterloo Business Park to ease traffic congestion in the area. About 24,000 vehicles use the intersection at Main South Rd and Barters Rd each day. A New Zealand Transport Agency spokeswoman said there were 19 injury crashes at the intersection of Main South Rd and Barters Rd between 2011 and 2015. The project, led by the NZTA, is intended to ease congestion in the Hornby business area in response to increased traffic from the business park. Waterloo Business Park assistant development manager Joel Webber said it is expected between 3000 and 5000 people will be working at the park when it is completed. The project is expected to take 15 months to complete. Along with the construction of the bypass, stage two of the Christchurch Southern Motorway project has begun to improve congestion problems for motorists commuting between Halswell and Rolleston.