On the 10th & 11th of December, Gisborne BMX club will host an action-packed weekend of racing. Saturday will be an annual race meet hosted by the club, while Sunday will be the Central Region Champs (Hawkes Bay, Taupo, Rotorua, Tauranga & Gisborne). This will also be the last of 10 Rounds towards the National Points Championship which are held at each Regional Champs around the country. Sunday will be the first time Gisborne has hosted the Central Region Champs since 2011.
The club are expecting 150-200 riders each day, including some top racers from all around the country here to try to clinch the National Points Series. Local Elite Rider Nick Fox will also be home for the event, after two months of competing in China & the USA.
Both days will make for exciting spectating, with food options and a great family atmosphere.
On Saturday, the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and Flight Centre hosted a water sports program at Midway Beach, to make surfing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) accessible to those with physical disabilities. The program was a first for the Tairawhiti region and will be the catalyst to similar events in the future.
The program ran with the help of the Ngāti Porou Surf Life Saving Club, and they were trained in the use of the modified equipment involved. The Ngāti Porou SLC will now take this program to other locations up and down the coast to allow even more Tairawhiti residents with physical disabilities to experience water surfing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding.
Last week over 200 high school students enjoyed a streak of sunny, blistering days during our Junior Sport Week. The students participated in a range of fun-focused activities including surfing, softball, waka ama, ki-o-rahi and many others.
The Junior Sport Week is our initiative to offer sport participation opportunities in a term that’s too busy to run our usual Wednesday Sport program. Instead the activities are packed into one huge week and students have the opportunity to select whichever sports appeal to them.
Today, the Poverty Bay Cricket Association held a Field Day for primary school teams to have a go at cricket at the Harry Barker Reserve. 7 schools entered a team and the students engaged in a variety of fun, informal games
The ‘Hot Wheels’ wheelchair basketball league is back in full force for the summer, having played (and won) their first game of the season last night. The Hot Wheels are coached by Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti Community Sport Advisor Ray Noble, and are now in their third year.
The program creates a fun and friendly environment in which children with physical disabilities can be part of a team. Social interaction and membership of a group working together to achieve goals are aspects of the exercise that have been hugely beneficial in each athlete’s personal development.
The program is made possible by the generous support of Lytton High School.