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Selwyn Times: January 24, 2017

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20 Tuesday January 24 2017 SELWYN TIMES Broughton sprints to four golds • By Tom Doudney UP-AND-COMING athlete Maia Broughton, who last month broke a 44-year-old under-16 Canterbury 200m record, has again shone at the recent Colgate Games in Invercargill. Broughton, 14, of Rolleston, returned with four gold medals and was one of five outstanding young athletes to receive the Colgate-Palmolive Nick Willis Scholarship Award. The scholarship earned Broughton a $500 donation which she can put towards sports gear, coaching and other resources to help her toward her goals. Her gold medals were in the 100m, 200m, 400m and longjump events, while she was also part of the bronze medalwinning Selwyn Athletic Club relay team. Last month Broughton broke the 200m record previously held by her own coach Bev Peterson, a former Commonwealth Games athlete, with her time of 24.99 seconds at the National Secondary Schools Athletics Championships in Auckland. She said winning four golds and the scholarship at the Colgate Games was “so cool” and she would spend the scholarship on some new gear and travel expenses for upcoming events. She GOOD HAUL: Maia Broughton (centre) on the podium after winning gold in the 200m race. Altogether she won four golds and a team bronze at the Colgate Games. ​ will be travelling to Hamilton in March for the Athletics New Zealand Track and Field Championships. Altogether the 35 Selwyn Athletic Club athletes competing at the Colgate Games brought home 17 medals and 42 pennants. Pennants are awarded instead of medals for the younger children in grades seven to nine. Aside from Broughton, four of the club’s other athletes won gold medals. They were Jessica Langridge in the grade 10 girls discus, Charlotte Mercer in the grade 11 girls 400m, Kayla Simons in the grade 11 girls 1200m track walk and Jessica Dalton in the grade 12 girls track walk. Three Selwyn Athletic Club athletes received pennants in all the events they entered. Jody McCarthy Dempsey, competing in the grade nine girls won the 200m, long jump and shot put, second in the discus, 100m, and relay. Neihana Mata’afa, competing in the grade nine boys, won the shot put and discus, was second in the 100m and third in the 60m, 200m and boys’ relay. Eli Craig, competing in grade seven boys, was part of the winning relay team, was second in the 100m and third in the 60m, 200m, long jump and shot put. SPORTS FAST FEET: Kayla Simons (left) won gold in the track walk. Meanwhile, Chloe Edbon Collings, received her first pennant, a gold in the grade seven girls discus. GIVING HER ALL: Charlotte Mercer (left) competed in the grade 11 girls 200m. She received the silver medal in this race and went on to earn gold in the 400m. DESIGNER FASHION AT OUTLET PRICES SMART BRANDS SMARTER PRICES HORNBY 409 Main South Road | Open 10am–5pm, 7 days

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday January 24 2017 21 Combined tennis competition’s first round played • By Tom Doudney THE FIRST round of a new tennis competition featuring teams from Ellesmere, Malvern and North Canterbury was played on Saturday. An Ellesmere Tennis Sub-Association spokesperson said that if it went well, Mid-Canterbury would look at joining the competition next year. Senior tennis had been struggling for numbers in recent seasons, not just in Canterbury but elsewhere in New Zealand as well, and the combined competition would mean each team would have more teams to play against. “It’s basically because we have got a shortage of women, there are plenty of men around,” the spokesperson said. With teams consisting of four men and four women, this had posed a problem. The spokesperson said tennis had to compete with many more sports these days to attract young girls to play it at school, which had hurt numbers at the senior level. The new competition features five Ellesmere teams – Prebbleton-Lincoln, Tai Tapu, Killinchy, Rolleston and Springston; four from Malvern – West Melton, Courtenay, and two from Kirwee; and three from North Canterbury – Ashley, Kaiapoi and Woodend. It features two pools of six. Last Saturday’s results will be used to assess which teams should be put in the higher or lower of the two pools. A combined competition between Ellesmere and Malvern had been trialled two years ago but the spokesperson said the Ellesmere teams had proved too strong for their Malvern opposition. “This might even it out, hopefully, and we will have a good competition,” the spokesperson said. •Photographer Karen Casey was at the Tai Tapu v West Melton game to capture the action. Tai Tapu won 10-6. SERVED: Former junior tennis player Nick Johnson (right), of Tai Tapu, shows his long reach. ​ LINING IT UP: Tai Tapu’s Kate Williamson. VERSATILE: West Melton’s Matty Fitzgerald plays a two-handed shot. FOCUSSED: West Melton’s Vivienne Homewood has her eye on the ball. ‘Famous for their roasts!’ RESTAURANT & CAFÉ Kid's SPECIAL Two courses Seniors SPECIAL Two courses $10 We are family friendly. Great Kids menu plus designated play area. Soup/Roast or Roast/Dessert Special available lunch only Monday - Saturday 12pm - 2.30pm $20 Need Accommodation? We have GREAT SUMMER HOLIDAY RATES on Studio Units Book now! 03 342 7150 Sports Bar, Carbine Bar, HOOFBEATS Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner The RACECOURSE HOTEL & Motorlodge 118 Racecourse Rd, Sockburn, Christchurch. Ph 03 342 7150 H ORNBY WORKINGMEN’S CLUB «WHAT'S ON« FRIDAY 27 JAN, 7PM REMINISCE SATURDAY 28 JAN 4.30PM IAN MAC 8PM MEDIUM RARE SUN 29 JAN, 2PM NEVILLE WILKINS & THE VISCOUNTS $5 ENTRY THIS SUNDAY 11AM CLUB PICNIC MEMBERS & THEIR FAMILIES YALDHURST SCHOOL «COMING UP« SATURDAY 11 FEB, 7.30PM BATTLE FROM THE GAMES DOOR SALES $45 SATURDAY 18 FEB, 7.30PM RETRO ROCKIN’ WITH ANTHONY EASTERBROOK-CARTER & BACKPACK PRE-SALE TICKETS $20. DOOR SALES $25. FRIDAY 24 FEB, 7.30PM THE DIXIE PRIX SUMMER HOE-DOWN TICKETS $15. Club CAFE OPEN 7 DAYS LUNCH & DINNER Gluten Free & Vegetarian options Hornby WMC | ph 03 349 9026 | 17 Carmen Road | Hornby | Members, guests & affiliates welcome