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Skater plans on a return


Last updated 05:00 25/01/2011

STU PIDDINGTON/The Timaru Herald
TIMARU TOPS: World champion Peter Michael is impressed with how far skating has come in South Canterbury. Michael is pictured with fellow Tour of Timaru winner Nicole Begg.

Palmerston North inline skater Peter Michael is rapt with the Tour of Timaru and intends to return to defend his title.

Michael is in town until Thursday. He then departs for Cali, Colombia, to take part in their national championships and spend a couple of months training in South America.

Cali was the scene of the 21-year-old’s best result to date.

He skated the last leg of the Kiwi team’s road relay and snatched the gold from the hosts for his first senior world title along with Kalon Dobbin and Reon Kay.

Michael said he was impressed with the Tour and the depth of skaters in Timaru.

“The women are especially strong down here, you are certainly getting the numbers with what has been developing.

“One of the reasons I am staying on in Columbia is to get strong regular competition and racing, and I could get that in Timaru if I wasn’t a boy.”

Michael said the Tour of Timaru’s reputation was growing and he expected far more than 68 competitors to compete next year.

“They doubled the numbers this year and everyone I know is coming back and will drag someone else along.”

One of the highlights was racing events not available at the nationals and also the steeplechase around DB Mainland Breweries.

“People won’t believe we have raced around a brewery and then had a drink there is something special about coming to Timaru.”

He is also excited by the South Canterbury Rollerskating Club’s plan to build a world class 200m track at Caroline Bay.

“That would be cool, then you would have the best facilities in New Zealand and be inundated with skaters coming to train and race.”

Michael skates for the same team as Timaru’s Nicole Begg and is managed by her father Bill.

“Bill’s great for advice, especially if something pops up when you are skating. He and I will also be looking at my World Inline Cup marathon plans for this year.”

As for how Michael got into speed skating, it was by mistake.

His mum was supposed to drop him at he roller hockey but got mixed up.

“It’s a funny story really because the guy that encouraged me to stay and have a go was Kalon, who I won the world championship title with.”

– The Timaru Herald

World-class pair claim honours


Last updated 05:00 24/01/2011

No surprise winners emerged in the six-day Tour of Timaru, with the field’s two world-class inline skaters taking the A-grade titles.

Palmerston North’s Peter Michael and home-town inline skating star Nicole Begg took the honours, with Begg unbeaten in the 11 stages that covered all distances from a two-lap time-trial to a marathon.

Michael looked on track for a clean sweep till a stumble cost him in the 500m flying laps when he overcooked a corner and Upper Hutt’s Anthony Nalder snatched the win.

Kapiti’s Josh Whyte came out on top in the 8km elimination race, but Michael appeared to have eased off in standing up, allowing Nalder second and 14-year-old Ollie Jones third.

Nalder finished second overall in the tour, while Hutt Valley’s Ollie Jones and Kapiti’s Josh Whyte tied for third after only a point separated them going into the marathon.

Both talented young skaters appear on track for their first world junior championships in Korea this year.

In the women’s section, Begg collected the maximum 220 points, with Palmerston North’s Samantha Michael second. Third place went to the wire, with Livia Meier, Tegan Roffe, Stephanie Challis, Renee Nyman and Waimate’s Emily van der Heyden all in with chance of claiming third overall.

Whanganui’s Nyman managed to get enough points to pip the others in the marathon.

The junior titles went to Jones and van der Heyden. Both 14-year-olds look set to become key skaters for New Zealand and van der Heyden’s second place in the 500m and 1000m ahead of the country’s best women was one of the tour highlights.

At the New Zealand marathon championships raced yesterday at the Timaru International Motor Raceway, Begg took her 120th senior title easily, while Michael cleaned up the men. Swiss marathon champion Livia Meier finished second to Begg, with Michael third.

In the men’s section, Nalder was again second to Michael while Kierryn Hughes, who flew from Hamilton for the event, was third.

The tour is going from strength to strength, with 68 skaters doubling the numbers from 2010.

It looks set to increase again next year as it will be held straight after the New Zealand Inline Championships in Christchurch. The South Canterbury Roller Skating Club is hopeful it will have a new world class 200m outdoor track ready.

– The Timaru Herald

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