2018 Otago Senior and Junior Champs - 9th Feb 2018

2018 Otago Senior and Junior Champs

The 2018 Otago Senior and Junior Championships are being held this weekend at Warrington and Waikouati Beaches. The Seniors will race on Saturday at Warrington and will then be joined at Waikouati by the Juniors for the programme on Sunday.

In the Senior age groups, a hefty 44 athletes are entered with a good spread across all the age groups; including particularly strong numbers in the Under 19 ages. There will be a number of athletes racing in their first Senior Otago Champs with particular notice given to the strong Under 16 female grouping of Olivia Andrew, Charlotte Underwood-Nicol and Olivia Pearce. A testament to the strength of the club is that three of our more experienced athletes Devon Familton, Olivia Gold and Ryan Shanks are all unable to compete due to injury.

In the Junior age groups, precise numbers are not available but there has been a good attendance at recent interclubs and St Clair has featured at the pointy end of the results in most age groups. Multiple New Zealand title holder Erika Fairweather headlines a strong Under 14 Girls age group with the club able to call upon another half dozen athletes in that age group. Under 13 athlete Emma Christophers has made great progress in her 13 months in the sport and is now featuring regularly among the place getters in that division. The Under 14 boys is also a strong group with any of 5-6 athletes able to win titles in that group and many of them with great skills for junior athletes.

Our younger athletes in the Juniors are still learning and developing their skills but are a committed group who love competing across the events.

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