Sport

Spar treatment for boxers

Aspiring boxers ended a gruelling eight-week boot camp by squaring off against their training partners in a series of exhibition bouts last Friday. The Contender training programme finished with 11 sparring sessions between boot camp members in front of a...

Back to storm the desert

Queenstowner Quinn Wilson's preparing for another hair-raising high-speed ride in the Mexican desert. He and former local Phil 'LP' Casey are starting the world's most prestigious off-road race, Baja 1000, next Friday. Last year, despite minimal preparation, they finished third in...

Hadlow going pro

Queenstown Commonwealth Games boxer Richie Hadlow is turning pro. The four-time New Zealand light welterweight champion says he's got nothing left to prove as an amateur, and reckons he'll pack a better punch as a pro. "It suits my style, I...
A FRANKTON filmmaker has returned from three weeks in Iraq building the country's first skatepark. Freelance cinematographer James Holman travelled to the northern city of Sulaymaniyah, in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, with non-profit organisation Make Life Skate Life. To...

Hurling returns

Irish Queenstowners go head-to-head with their Wellington brothers in a charity hurling match this Saturday. New resort team Band of Brothers, right, take on Wellington GAA in the fastest field sport in the world. Organiser and player Declan Malone says: "It's...

Gym club in a spin

Queenstown's gymnastics club hopes for a stay of execution once Wakatipu High School's decommissioned next month. Club boss Mark Kunath says the hunt for an alternative, affordable site for its 185 gymnasts to train in began about three years ago. To...

Vertical limits

Queenstown rider Conor Macfarlane plans to go big at the world's most outrageous and high-risk mountain bike event. He's in a group of 21 elite riders about to test their skill and mental toughness at the Red Bull Rampage in...

Scorching Hall to turn pro

Queenstown has a new age group world champion in its sporting ranks. Triathlete Jason Hall won his 18- to 24-year age group – with four minutes to spare – at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mooloolaba, on Australia's Sunshine Coast,...
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