Waitaki Herald : January 20th 2016
20 WAITAKI HERALD, JANUARY 20, 2016 Sport Sports carnival hits 140 The Waimate Caledonian Society is celebrating a milestone – reaching its 140th year. The society is believed to be the oldest continually running Caledonian Society in New Zealand. Society secretary Bernie Blackgrove said the annual sports carnival would be a great family day out in the beautiful Victoria Park setting. ‘‘This will be a fun day out for all with the gates opening from 9am and competition starting at 9.30am with the children’s athletics events,’’ Blackmore said. ‘‘All age groups are covered including the popular gumboot throw.’’ stuff.co.nz Steampunk NZ Festival directors Helen Jansen and Iain Clark with a couple of Splendid Teapot racing vehicles are looking forward to the competition of the remote controlled teapots at the festival in Oamaru in June. Dexterity the key to teapot racing ESTHER ASHBY-COVENTRY It’s never too soon to get in some thumb-wiggling training for the Splendid Teapot Racing at the upcoming Steampunk NZ Festival in Oamaru, one of the event’s directors says. The unusual sport was intro- duced in a world first at the Oamaru 2014 Steampunk NZ Festival by creator Simone Montgomery of Dunedin. It has since captured the imagination of Steampunkers internationally. It will again be a highlight at the festival in Waitaki in June over Queen’s Birthday weekend, with the addition of the inaugural World Championship Teapot Racing, which has received international attention from potential competitors. A new favourite sport for Steampunk enthusiasts, it consists of radio-controlled chassis attached to the bottom of teapots. For the time trials, the teapots race individually around an obstacle course with tunnels, ramps and jumps. The winner was the best time under three minutes – and there are no second chances. In the drag racing all teapots compete at the same time. Steampunk NZ Festival director Helen Jansen said drag racing could see 25 teapots on the course together and it was chaos. ‘‘But heaps of fun.’’ One competitor at last year’s festival had used ‘‘clever electronics’’ on his teapot to create steam puffing from the spout. Becoming proficient and skilled at teapot racing could take 10,000 hours of practice, Jansen said. ‘‘Dexterity is required to manoeuvre (the teapots) around corners and obstacles and around and up a U-shape ramp. It’s time controlled and they must not go outside the boundaries.’’ Getting the teapot to do exactly what the controller wanted was where the skill lay, she said. ‘‘It could take years to perfect ... then there’s the tree octopus hunt – but that’s another story.’’ They may be short and stout but teapots compete splendidly in a drag race. Splendid Teapot racing is all about dexterity when using the remote control in the Steampunk inspired event. PHOTO: LEE JAMIESON/WAITAKI HERALD TheWaimate Caledonian Society celebrates its 140th annual sports carnival on Saturday, January 23. At 10am the piping and high- land dancing events begin bringing a Celtic touch to the day. The roadster, junior and senior cycling events start at 10.30am as does the speed skating with grades for all ages. At noon the 5-kilometre road running race begins and the senior athletics events are at 1pm. The tossing of the caber and heavy ball throw follows. All competitors must be regis- tered with their respective NZ Association except those purchasing an athletics day licence or competing in the children’s athletics and roadster cycling races. Society member Bill Begg organises the skating events and said he is expecting about 40 speedskaters, including several from Dunedin and as far afield as Melbourne and Argentina. The Waimate Caledonian Society annual sports day is on January 23 at Victoria Park – if wet the sports will be postponed until Sunday, January 24. Adults $5, children under 14 are free. Young cricketermakes town proud BRAYDEN LINDSAY Oamaru’s Nathan Smith continues to amaze on the cricket pitch. The 17-year-old had a standout tournament for the Otago under19 side at the national under-19 tournament held in Lincoln in December. Smith was one of Otago’s best throughout the duration of the tournament, impressing in all of his matches. A number of times he took early wickets, or came back late in the spell to help restrict the opposition and his batting in the middle order was also a useful knock. At the completion of that tournament a New Zealand under-19 side was picked for the world cup in Bangladesh and the Waitaki Boys’ High pupil was lucky enough to have his named read out. Currently, they are in Dubai playing in a warm-up tournament against Pakistan and Australia ahead of the under-19 world cup beginning in February. Smith took a wicket in the sides first match a win over Australia. He was then rested for their match against Pakistan but returned to the New Zealand side on Sunday as they faced Australia again. Batting at number 9, Smith made a useful 19, to help New Zealand through to 281-9 from their 50 overs. He was then the chief destroyer with the ball picking up 4-51 which included two lbw’s a bowled and a caught behind. Smith will be hoping to continue to improve each game.
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