Timaru Club X-TECH New Zealand Base

This is a report from your site presenter & about the successfull New Zealand Timaru based South Canterbury Roller Skating Club & X-TECH New Zealand headquarters.

Hi All Club Members & supporters, ( plus National Interest parties 2012 Possibilities )

I would like to thank all members of the club for contributing to some great achievements over the year. Apart from results, due the inspiration of our hard working ladies support group we also won for the first time ever, the best dressed club team on the opening night at Nationals & along with the xmas parade award, a just reward for members efforts.Not only is the club ” Talking the Talk, we are also Walking it ”

You all played your part, from those who were just social club members & came on Fridays, or those who attended the learn to skate, or adults night on Tuesday, also the members who helped run the public sessions.
Of course our valuable sponsors. The Aorangi stadium & the Levels car race track, who provide their facilities at realistic costs & Mitre 10, who will let us use their car park & the Timaru District Council who maintain the rink surrounds. The Sail Bar & Tavern who have helped feed & water special guests. We appreciate the part you all played.

Special thanks to the dozen or so adults who coach at the learn to skate programme & also competitive skaters Sophie & Analiese who regularly help out.
with anything up to 80 children on a Sunday afternoon, we need the help & support, to cater for everyone. Senior Coaches Cheryl, Heather, Nicole, Mark & new recruit to the team Alan, but if you are interested to develope as a coach, please let me know, as the club needs more, to deal with the work load & provide all skaters, with the opportunity to succeed. A good chance to commence would be. ( Sat Jan 23rd 7pm to 9pm & Sunday the 24th 9am to 11am Cost $20 Coaching Course by Bill Begg during Tour down time. )

On the administration side, we have a strong team of officials from very experienced to the new & very enthusiastic group, such events as the 3 Xmas parade appearances by the club at Timaru, Geraldine & Pleasant Point, could not have gone ahead without all the support. This gives us a very good public image & to be judged the 3rd best exhibit was a good reward. Plus those hard working committee members.
$2,000 from a garage sale what a great reward for the ladies who lead the task & those who also went out to the hotels selling raffles, names are too many to mention individually, but you all know who you are & most of you will be rewarded through your children.
Ensuring the club runs efficiently Liz Le Roy, Maree Lowen, Cheryl Begg & Judith Begg have accepted responsibility for the major roles, on a daily Basis & a big thank you to them.


I personally pushed to get the original Bank track & started pushing for a new replacement track, which soon came to shove & Mark Lowen, has lead the club move for such a facility, with also Bob Penty active, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel & its a very serious matter, that we have to have this facility, to not only flourish, but to survive. We have a planned major raffle, thought up by Mark, that has been held up due to a minor legal issue, but hopefully will be under way very soon, also we have grant applications in with the Southern Trust & Lions, that we have our fingers & toes crossed that come to fruitation.

This new 200 meter Bank track will be the only International Bank Track in Oceania up to World specifications, with the World body keen to see a World champs here in N.Z. in 2015, for sure New Zealand Bank Track & Oceania champs, will be held in Timaru, once we have the facility.

Our first priority is the track, such things as improved facilities & coating the track, may not happen at the same time, but a new user friendly surface will be great & the central space will help with our other programmes.


The good news is that the New Zealand Championships have been awarded to Christchurch for 2012, the tentative date for a shorter time span is the 31st December till the 5th January, taking two days off the current programme length, this is great news for all concerned.

So the club will need to source out suitable accomodation that we can procure at a minimal rate, to enable those with families to be able to afford to get their children to the championships, as a number of our youngsters not present this year, could have been medalists. We need to show N.Z. that South Canterbury & the South Island are alive & well. Our club can be expected to have around 30 skaters competing & taking advantage of the close location.

We will work in closer with Christchurch to help create good competition & coaching, as we need both, if the sport & our skaters are to succeed.

TOUR OF TIMARU 2012 If the N.Z. champs finish on the 5th January in Christchurch, we will need to hold our Tour earlier & center near the championships, like in specifically Italy who always have an array of events after Worlds in Italy to attract other countries to stay & compete.

There are big attractions on, close to this time, the N.Z. road cycling champs are on in Christchurch probably the next weekend, which most skaters are interested in & some will probably compete, then we have the last weekend of the Caroline Bay concert & carnival in Timaru, great for any families having an extended South Island holiday.
So the Tour could start on the Monday the 9th & finish on the Friday the 13th or Saturday the 14th.January.

If no one else chased for the N.Z. Marathon Champs, we could once again hold it, either Sunday the 8th January or Saturday the 14th, to cut the travel costs, of skaters already in the South Island, Also we would change the format slightly & one day try & fit in Stages at either Fairlie, Tekapo & Twizel, with Tekapo with an Ice Roller Rink, we could help them & our sport with a promotion. Also give others an opportiunity to visit the lovely region.

The Big Plus, with two big events close in a two week span & the one Fly in International airport, we would be able to attract overseas entrants, also hopefully with our new 200 meter Bank track that could see it very worthwhile competition for a couple of weeks in New Zealand, as we all know, that we suffer from lack of top competition, so this would be a great package to entice some top talent. With such a package on offer overall down south, more of our seniors could show a greater interest.

Tour Timaru this week & N.Z. Marathon Champs 18th to 23rd January

Statistics speak & the depth & Quality of the field for the Tour of Timaru speaks volumes, out of a total of 58 Junior ( Under15 ) Intermediate ( under 17 ) & Senior titles won at the N.Z. champs last week in Auckland, only the winners of 6 titles will not be racing at the Tour, Scott Arlidge Auckland the winner of two Senior Mens road titles, who is getting married, Jessica Van Bentum Wanganui winner of the Junior Girls 1,000 road race & Daina Gibbs Manawatu winner of 3 Junior girls track titles.

N.Z. Champions. ( Press info also )

Peter Michael Manawatu winner 4 mens Road titles, Current World Mens 5,000 relay Gold team member & 3rd 10,000 Points / Elimination World Champs. former four times Junior World champion & skates professionally for X-TECH MPC International Team. Injured lasy year when leading, but chasing for a victory this year

Nicole Begg Timaru won all 11 Track & Road titles, unbeaten at N.Z. champs for several years, current overall World Track Champion for 4th consecutive year. Former 2 times World senior Champion & Current World Cup overall Champion, Skates professionally for X-TECH MPC International Team. Won Mens A Grade last year, hands full in Womens this year.

Antony Nalder Upper Hutt Won 4 senior track titles, with 2 2nds & a third on the road, looks likely for a first up selection call for the World team in 2011, raced the Tour Last year & finished on the Podium, then won the 6 Pista event held in Mid South Canterbury.

Josh Whyte Kapiti won both track & road N.Z. Intermediate titles & likely member of World Junior team.

Mark MacDonald Christchurch Intermediate Track & Road champion 2 times Junior World Representative.

Renee Nyman Wanganui Intermediate Road racing champion & 3 titles, 3 times Junior World representative, also placed in open Ladies events.

Stephanie Challis Upper Hutt, Intermediate dominatede track events & placed in open events, has really stepped up & posted a serious challenge to Nicole Begg in the long track events, broke many N.Z. Intermediate track records, sure to be a member of the Junior World team in 2011

Ollie Jones Upper Hutt Junior, completely Dominated the Junior boys track & road & won the 10,000 open mens Track title, a sure Junior World team member, he is likely to extend all the top seniors, also a recent winner of an age group cycle tour. A big youngster who won best male speed performance, a first time for Timaru to see this talent.

Emily van der Heyden Timaru Junior the big suprize of the championships dominating the road events in the strongest & toughest grade at the championships, winning both the sprint road events & 2nd in the two others, also member of the Ladies road relay winning team, 3rd fasted N.Z. Female over the 200 meters.

Rebecca Smith Wanganui Junior, won the 3,000 meters points race, retaining her title from the previos year.

Other Competing stars

Livia Meir Switzerland, the Swiss Marathon Champion & former team mate of Nicole Begg in the Salomon Ladies team, will be a tough competitor in the A grade womens event, that has attracted 15 entries.

Salome Bader Germany Intermediate, Collected Podium places in all her grade track & road events, this student exchange skater has enjoyed her stay in New Zealand and stayed on so she could compete in the tour.

Samantha Michael Palmerston North runner up to Nicole Begg in the senior road events & 2nd in the open, a 3 times World Junior representative, who raced last years tour with the A grade men, is shifting to Timaru to train with Nicole Begg & the Timaru team, to revitalize her world aspirations, a tough competitor & younger sister of World champion Peter.

Tegan Roffe Palmerston North, much improved senior & competed in International events last year at Oceania & Haining China, sure to test the field.

Wayne Begg Timaru Former N.Z., Australian & Oceania Senior champion, 6 times top 10 at World Champs & 4th over 500 meters, not in top condition, but very strong fast & experienced skater.

Ben Squires Hamilton, raced B Grade men to test the water, very promising & sure to move up in 2011, great to see Hamilton again active with senior skaters.


Eleven skaters represented South Canterbury in Auckland to return with 15 gold, 10 Silver & 10 Bronze medals, an unfortunate accident to Jonathon Swindells, but not by his doing which cost him & the Club 3 or 4 further medals, was the only real downside & Nick Frame not performing up to his uaual level, was felt by us all.

Individual Medals

Nicole Begg Senior & Open Ladies 11 Gold

Emily van der Heyden Junior 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze

Jonathon Swindells Junior 1 Silver & two Brone

Dahna Penty Junior 1 Silver

Sophie Lowen Juvinile 3 Bronze

Keaton Swindells Primary 1 Gold, 4 Silver & 1 Bronze.

Club Relay Medals

Senior ladies 5,000 meters Road, Gold – Nicole Begg, Emily van der Heyden & Marie – Christen Kuepper.

Senior Ladies 1,200 meters pairs track, Silver – Nicole Begg & Marie-Christen Kuepper.

Junior Girls 1,500 meters track, Bronze – Emily van der Heyden, Dahna Penty & Analiese Le Roy.

Junior Girls 1,200 meters Track pairs, Bronze – Emily & Dahna.

Junior Mixed 1,600 meters track, Silver – Jan – Hendrick Kuepper, Nick Frame, Analiese Le Roy & Sophie Lowen.

Bill Begg

Team Manager South Canterbury.

Tour of Timaru Poster

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