Well things could not get much better for the Timaru Based South Canterbury Roller Skating Club in the past week. Although the N.Z. champs were rained out X-TECH skaters Nicole Begg Senior & Emily Van der Heyden Junior set New N.Z. records in the 300 meters Time trial. Nicole also won the 10,000 meters points / elimination race winning ever sprint, with X-TECH team mate Samantha Michael based in Timaru 2nd in the race, in which they lapped all the others, X-TECH WHEELZ senior Antony Nalder from Upper Hutt, won the senior mens won the senior mens 300 T/T.
This week Nicole was awarded a Local Hero Medal in the New Zealander of the year awards, 4 were awarded medals from the region, two from Ashburton & one from Fairlie for their Tireless Work in the community, Nicole was the only young person & the only one from the City of Timaru & awarded for her work in skating with the youngsters & work in the outer community also, where she is very active with schools & service groups.
The Timaru City council will Induct Nicole into the cities hall of Fame, a rare honour for a female sports person, this will be done at an official induction ceremony.
Also the new 3 in one size X-TECH speed skates have arrived, the demand was so grate with their initial release that we have had to weight almost 1 year, but production is in full swing & they have arrived, with 2 sets being brought the moment they arrived, Eden Preston & Jamie Atwill are the first proud owners of the new Youngsters 3 size in one speed skate concept.
Picture Shows new track facility organizor Mark Lowen & Nicole Begg Photo Press Timaru Herald
But the greatest news of all occured when it was announced yeaterday that we had received a $70,000 grant from the Lions foundation towards our new $400,000 Bank track, this ensures we can commence this month on getting the track part of the new facility layed.