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Girls' basketball team makes Taranaki history

Girls' basketball team makes Taranaki history

When Shay Haira started coaching girls' basketball at a Taranaki high school she told her team that before they finished their education they'd win a national title.

Oakura surfer and New Zealand team member Ariana Shewry finds freedom out on the ocean

Oakura surfer and New Zealand team member Ariana Shewry finds freedom out on the ocean

In October, Oakura surfer Ariana Shewry will fly to Huntington Beach in California to represent New Zealand at the world junior champs. The teenager recently took visual journalists Andy Jackson and Simon O'Connor on a few training sessions along Taranaki's Surf Highway 45 and told them about her love of the sport.

Claudia Kelly and Junior Black Fins preparing for World Champs

Claudia Kelly and Junior Black Fins preparing for World Champs

It’s an action-packed year for the Junior Black Fins team as they prepare to take on the world at the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide in November.

Year 12 New Plymouth Girls’ High School athlete Claudia Kelly and the team's co-captain wouldn’t have it any other way in a sport she loves.

“It’s really exciting to be training hard at the moment to represent New Zealand, for a young sportsperson it is the highest level to reach so it feels amazing to be able to do this,” said Claudia who represents the East End Surf Life Saving Club.

“This week I am at a swimming training camp near New Plymouth so it’s a big workload at the moment, we have two two-hour training sessions each day plus a gym or dry land session as well.”

Claudia is the second youngest person in the 12-strong Junior Black Fins team that features a dedicated group of current and recent school-aged surf lifesavers from around the country. The youngest is Briana Irving from Gisborne Girls’ High School.

The Lifesaving World Championships consists of 43 pool and beach lifesaving events over five days of competition, including three days of pool events and two days of beach and ocean events. Claudia is an all-rounder.

“I am a craft person, so I do board and ski but my main event is the ironwoman, and I also do some pool events as well.

The ironwoman or oceanwoman is like a surf rescue medley event. “It is sort of like a triathlon of the water, it involves a surf swim and then a board leg, and a surf ski leg with a run transition in between. It’s a full-on 15 minute race.”

Claudia has recently returned from Japan with the New Zealand Surf Life Saving High Performance team that finished second behind Australia at the annual Sanyo Cup competition.

“We did really well as a young team and we were quite close behind Australia. They won by 20 points on day one but on day two we pulled together and they finished only eight points in front of us.”

Other countries competing at the Sanyo Cup included USA, Great Britain, Netherlands, South Africa, Hong Kong and Japan. Claudia said the World Championships will be a step up in intensity and with more countries competing, but this and other recent high level competition means they know what to expect.

Future Champion Keegan Joe places 17th equal at World Championships

Future Champion Keegan Joe places 17th equal at World Championships

Sport Taranaki Future Champion & Spotswood College student Keegan Joe has just returned from the World U19 Beach Volleyball Championships in China. Keegan & his partner Ryan Gunn had a successful tournament, placing 17th equal overall, with convincing wins over Vanuatu & Bolivia.  Keegan describes the trip as "awesome" with the opportunity giving "insight into the youth world level of beach volleyball."

3 Taranaki Athletes to represent New Zealand at World Under 19 Championships in Nanjing China

3 Taranaki Athletes to represent New Zealand at World Under 19 Championships in Nanjing China

Taranaki will be well represented at the World Under 19 Beach Volleyball Championships in Nanjing China. Keegan Joe, David Jeffrey, Maya Dickson and AJ Joe (Head of Delegation and Boys coach) will be heading to China on the 5th July for the World Youth Beach Volleyball .

Sport NZ releases new participation survey

Sport NZ releases new participation survey

Sport NZ has today released the first report from its new Active NZ participation survey, providing a point-in-time snapshot of participation in sport and active recreation explored through the lenses of age, gender, ethnicity and deprivation.

It's Japan, New Zealand, France then Bulgaria for determined Taranaki 17-year-old

Seventeen-year-old Hannah Baker has two major sporting events on the horizon.

Taranaki teens set to take on the world in pool championships

Taranaki teens set to take on the world in pool championships

Two young Taranaki pool players are off to represent New Zealand in the United States later this month.

Opunake basketball player named in historic New Zealand team

Opunake basketball player named in historic New Zealand team

A coastal Taranaki girl has been named in the New Zealand women's basketball team who will head to the world cup in Europe.

'Sad joy' for Spotswood College principal moving on after eight years

'Sad joy' for Spotswood College principal moving on after eight years

Spotswood College principal Mark Bowden says he is struggling through "a sense of sad joy" as he prepares to depart the school after eight years in charge.

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