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Selwyn Times: September 05, 2018

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36 Wednesday September 5 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Kirwee boxer in first SELWYN TIMES female main event DETERMINED: Kirwee boxer Michaela Jenkins will main event the Pacific Warriors 2 event on September 15. PHOTO: STRIKEFORCE BOXING ​ PREBBLETON’S JACK Milligan has secured a drive for the South Island Endurance Series starting in Invercargill next weekend. He will race with George McFarlane in the former series winning Porsche 911 GT3 R as JADEN RANSLEY is aiming to be a championship contender in what will be the most competitive ever season in the Toyota 86 Championship. The multiple-time karting champion started his race car career in the Toyota 86 series, learning how to drive a manual and the circuits in his first season. He was a quick learner and became a regular front runner in his second season winning a race before a big crash at Teretonga put a major dent in his season and left him battered and bruised, but determined to come back. “It was a big hit and left me concussed and the car a write off,” said the Prebbleton16-yearold. “By missing races my championship hopes went out of the window, but we wanted to come back strongly and we were lucky enough to secure some sponsorship from Speed Works in the form of their own car and got back out there as quickly as we could.” It was the right decision, as the talented youngster fought back to win another race and ultimately finish a remarkable fourth overall. The off-season has been a busy time, with Jaden taking part in the Elite Motorsport Academy and the Neale Motorsport team preparing a new car for his third season. The focus all round has been on upping the game for a serious part of the three hour series. Milligan, 21, won the Toyota 86 championship last season with a race to spare, which saw him race across the country. He raced in the North Island endurance series throughout • By Jacob Page KIRWEE’S NEW Zealand Muay Thai champion Michaela Jenkins is set to break new ground in the boxing ring. In 11 days time she will be part of the first professional women’s bout to main event a show in Christchurch, when she takes on Megyn McLennan at Strikeforce Boxing’s Pacific Warriors 2 fundraising night at the Hagley Sports Centre. There will be at least six corporate and amateur bouts on the under card with McLennan facing Jenkins in the four-round contest at the top of the card. Ransley sets sights on Toyota 86 Championship shot at the title. Backing for the championship campaign has been secured from Miles Toyota, Kitchen Studios, Paterson Brothers Tyres and Hartnell’s Cafe and there’s great optimism in the Ransley camp ahead of the new season. “I’m feeling the benefits of lots of off-track preparation,” said Jaden. “The Academy Personal Trainer Alastair Wootten has been a tremendous help and I’m definitely fitter and stronger than I have ever been.” The championship gets into gear on November 2 to 4 over the Supercar Championship weekend at Pukekohe Park, includes a round at Cromwell’s Highlands Motorsport Park for the first time since 2013. Milligan in SI endurance series the winter months winning one round at Pukekohe Park. The South Island endurance aeries shifts to Christchurch’s Ruapuna Raceway on September 29 and concludes at Timaru’s Levels Raceway on October 13. The 28-year-old is coming off winning her New Zealand Muay Thai title in June and was offered this bout almost straight away against 39-year-old registered nurse McLennan “I’ve been in camps since February so it seemed like a good match-up to take.” Jenkins, a community healthcare worker by day, said she was impressed with McLennan’s effort in her loss to Dawn Chalmers. “I thought she showed how tough she was because Dawn is a very credible fighter so I’m looking forward to the challenge of • By Jacob Page HANNAH BATES has moved her focus to the New Zealand Short Course Championships in October after a challenging four days at the Pan-Pacific championships in Fiji. The open-air competition pool at the Damodar Aquatic Centre was home to 201 athletes from 11 nations who came to compete, across four days of tough international competition. New Zealand fielded a strong team of 18 swimmers, including Lincoln’s Bates. The 18-year-old battled all kind of conditions over the four days from searing heat and high humidity in the first couple of sessions, to lots of wind and torrential rain in the last couple of days. Bates finished 17th in her opening event, the 200m butterfly which was an improvement Hannah Bates taking her on.” Jenkins has split her time between boxing and kick boxing and said she’d like to compete globally in kick boxing if she could earn the opportunity. “I got into (combat sports) a few years ago when an ex-partner got me watching UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).” “I’ve always enjoyed the contest and switching between boxing and kick boxing really makes me work hard on my stance in the ring and keeping my guard tighter when I box. “I’m really looking forward to the challenge of the night.” Bates looks to Auckland’s short course event on her 20th ranking coming into the event, She was then part of the New Zealand mixed relay team which finished fifth behind America, Canada, Japan and Australia. Day two saw Bates battle a blustery wind to finish 16th in the 400m individual medley. Day three saw her compete in her favoured 100m butterfly event but strong head-winds saw her unable to swim the times she would have liked as she finished 14th overall. Bates completed her campaign by finishing 14th in the 200m individual medley before competing in the 4x100m girls medley relay where the Kiwis finished fifth. St Andrew’s College swimmer Quinton Hurley earned a personal best in the 400m freestyle to secure a spot in the B final. SURF’S UP SCOTTY RAZOR ROBERTSON PROFILE APRIL 2018 TJ’S CHASING GREAT CALEB ONE MORE COVER LINE The power of Perenara 6 issues (1 year) $44.50 • 12 issues (2 years) $79 • 18 issues (3 years) $115 rugbynews.co.nz 0800 77 77 10 SUPER RUGBY’S G.O.A.T CORY JANE Social Media Animal RRP $9.95 + WHO PLUS... KEEPING TABS ON MATSON Chief Tabai’s Tron tribe CLARKE Chip off the old block XVs 1ST XVs PLAY LIKE PROS A school boy rugby investigation WHO WILL MAKE THE AB CUT?

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