Nor West News : January 24th 2013
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 16 NOR-WEST NEWS, JANUARY 24, 2013 NEWS Be in toWIN a tailor-made $10,000 AUSTRALIAN HOLIDAY Competition closes 1st March 2013. Terms and conditions apply, see stuff.co.nz/travelprofiler for details. Hot air balloon Yarra Valley, Victoria Details in this week's High jumper leaps to success Perfecting practice: High jumper Cara Lonergan works on her arch at home in Kumeu. Go to nor-westnews.co.nz to see high jumpers display their different technique. Comfy success: Cara Lonergan of Kumeu is the national high jumping champion for 12-year-old girls following the North Island Colgate Games. Photos: CARYN WIGMORE By CARYN WIGMORE Golden high jumper Cara Lonergan admits she used to lack talent. The national champion could only vault using the scissors or legs-first method favoured by beginners. I wasn't actually any good,'' the 12-year-old from Kumeu says. You can't go very high with the scissors.'' Now she boasts the highest natio- nal record for 12-year-old girls after contesting the North Island Colgate Games. Cara leapt 1.51 metres, set- ting both a national record and a new personal best. The South Island Colgate Games saw the top 12-year-old girl reach 1.39m. Cara also made the North Island semifinals in the 100m and 200m sprints and placed 9th in the long jump with 4.24m. Her sporting career was forged at Riverhead Athletics Club at the age of 6. Three years later she moved to the North Harbour Bays Athletics Club where coach Peter Galavin urged her to try the high jump. She learnt the Fosbury Flop tech- nique -- vaulting back first -- and soon soared to dizzying heights, scoring the 11-year-old girls' high- jump club record. Cara has also broken the high jump, long jump and shot put records at her school, Takapuna Normal Intermediate. The tall young athlete heeded the advice of her coach. He always says the only person that you need to try and beat is yourself,'' she says. Don't focus on how high the oth- ers are jumping; try and beat your personal best.'' To perfect her technique, Cara bounces on the trampoline at home. At the moment I haven't got a good arch so I have to work on it.'' The multi-talented lass also plays soccer, touch and basketball. Dur- ing winter she trains every night. IN BRIEF Horse riding Members and guests of Waitemata Hunt will be taking in spectacular diverse views as part of their Auckland Anniversary trek. The horse riders will be soaking up the atmosphere at their cruisy pace thanks to Otakanini Topu allowing the group to go through the 2750ha property which covers Kaipara Harbour, Muriwai and South Head. This is the club's first trek following its first hunt last year. Hockey stop Black Sticks' Blair Hopping of Kumeu has decided to call it a day on his international hockey career. He played 264 games for New Zealand and is one of only four players to reach the 250-cap milestone for the Black Sticks. The 32-year-old played in two Commonwealth Games in Manchester and Melbourne, three World Cups in Malaysia, Germany and India as well as three Olympic Games in Athens, Beijing and London. Hopping says winning a silver medal at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games was one of his greatest career moments. Sport grants Is your nor-west group looking for financial help? Be quick as funding applications for KiwiSport's LocalFund are set to close tomorrow . The LocalFund government initiative was set up in 2009 to help projects which can provide new opportunities through organised sport for children aged between 5 to 18. Email kiwisport@sport waitakere.co.nz or phone 966 3120.
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