Timaru Skating Hits Pinnacle.


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.

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