On the starting blocks for summer

by Kent Caddick

As the winter sports season ends and summer competitions get underway one of Selwyn’s fastest growing clubs reflects on a successful winter and looks forward to new beginnings this summer.

The Selwyn Athletic Club marked the end of the winter with a number of athletes competing successfully in cross country and race walk events, with three runners being named in the Canterbury primary and intermediate inter-regional cross country team.

Kobi Maslin, Cooper Wightman and Daniel Prescott, who are coached by Lincoln High school student, George McNaughton, were all named in the team.

The club is now looking forward to the start of the summer season, and this Sunday will hold a registration day at the club’s home ground at Brookside Park in Rolleston.

SAC committee member, Sarsha Wightman, said they are really looking forward to this season.

“Christchurch’s new athletics facility, Nga Puna Wai, is on track to open in time for the season start next month.”

It will be the first time since the Canterbury earthquakes that local athletes will have the opportunity to perform on an international standard all-weather track since QEII Park was destroyed in the quakes.

Regular club meetings were held on grass at Rawhiti Domain in New Brighton, while representative athletic meetings were held on an artificial surface in Timaru.

The club’s registration day will be held at Brookside Park between 10am and 2pm, Sunday, September 16.

More information can be found on the club’s Facebook page or website at sporty.co.nz/selwynathletics.