August 2019,

Weekly Wrap 12 August

Gold Medal at World Junior Championships

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At the conclusion of the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships, three of New Zealand’s four crews made A Finals, with the women’s quad taking gold

Women’s Quad (JW4x) – A Final – Gold
After placing first in their women’s quad heat and A/B semi-final, Eva Hofmans (Bayfield High School), Rebecca Leigh (St Peter’s School, Cambridge), Shakira Mirfin (Southland Girls’ High School) and Phoebe Trolove (Craighead Diocesan School) were in the lead of the A Final from 1000m and comfortably ahead of Germany in second place. With Germany and Romania in third unable to close the gap, the New Zealand crew crossed the line first and took gold in at time of 06:54.32, 2.39 seconds ahead of Germany, who took silver. Romania took bronze.
Hofmans, Leigh, Mirfin and Trolove are coached by Hannah Starnes.
“I loved the second 500 meters in our race! We pushed into the lead and held well together. I’m over the moon with the result!” Rebecca Leigh – Quote supplied by World Rowing


Result for Triathlete Nicole van der Kaay

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The pressure was on in Ottawa over the weekend for the third and final Super League Triathlon Qualifier event before the main season officially kicks off in Jersey on 28-29 September.

It was the last opportunity for the professional athletes (Pros) to claim one of six Golden Tickets for qualification, and the men’s and women’s racing didn’t disappoint the crowds in the Canadian capital. It was the first time that permission had been granted for competitive swimming in theiconic Rideau Canal – a truly unique experience for all the triathletes.

New Zealand’s Nicole Van Der Kaay and Canada’s Desirae Ridenour secured the final two spots in the women’s race.

1.Charlotte McShane (AUS)
2.Nicole Van Der Kaay (NZL)
3.Desirae Ridenour (CAN)

1.Ryan Bailie (AUS)
2.Aiden Longcroft-Harris (CAN)
3.Michael Arishita (USA)

Classy Classic Moet Takes British Open

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Jonelle Price has added another top trophy to the cabinet this morning, winning the Magic Millions British Open Championship CCI4*-S at Gatcombe Park aboard her 2018 Badminton winner Classic Moet.

The Kiwi eventer was delighted with the efforts of the 16-year-old black British bred mare she co-owns with Trisha Rickards. “It is the quintessential British event and I have never won here before,” she said. “It is Classic Moet’s cup of tea and is really vital Burghley preparation for us. Obviously, I have had a bit of a quiet year with her – she missed Badminton in the spring so I am just delighted to have her here, to put in such a good performance over all three phases and to have the win.”

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8th overall at World 470 Championships for Kiwi Duo

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Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox took advantage of the drama that unfolded around them at the 470 world championships in Japan yesterday to finish second in the medal race and climb up to eighth overall.

Snow-Hansen and Willcox sailed a tidy race to finish second and that, together with disqualifications also handed out to Japan and France, saw them climb two places to finish eighth overall. The result comes on the back of their win at the World Cup Series regatta in Genoa and third-placed finish at the 470 European championships in San Remo.

“We just wanted to go out there and perform as best we could and execute our plan and we did that pretty well today and managed to get second and finish the regatta off in style,” Willcox said. “We are happy with that.

The pair will compete along with the rest of the New Zealand team at the upcoming Olympic test event, which is a dress rehearsal for the Tokyo Games which are now just under 12 months away. New Zealand will be represented in six of the 10 Olympic classes.

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New Snow Sports NZ HP Director

Snow Sports NZ are pleased to announce that Nic Cavanagh has been appointed as High Performance Director.

Nic joined Snow Sports NZ in February 2012 as the Logistics Manager, with his role developing into a High Performance Manager position in 2018. He has played a pivotal part in the growth and success of high performance snow sports in New Zealand, supporting New Zealand athletes to medal-winning success at pinnacle events including the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, World Cups, World Championships and the X Games.