Brilliant Foor at SBS center.
The newly laid floor at the SBS center has produced spectacular results, the open mens N.Z. 100 meter track record was destroyed by almost 1 second, along with 5 other grade 300 Time Trial records. Not only are the speed skaters impressed with the record breaking floor, but the Artistic Figure skaters & dance skaters, were also impressed, N.Z. Federation of Roller Sports Executive Officer Roger Boulcott himself a top master competitor for many years, described it as one of the best for Artistic skating. With the World Artistic championships in Auckland later in the year, the Artistic are hoping for a Similar Floor.
5 times World Sprint champion Kalon Dobbin had his 2006 N.Z. record of 28.378 sec smashed as Antony Nalder Upper Hutt scorched the track in a spectacular display to win in 27.394
slicing (0.984 sec ) off the old record, after having to beat a time of 28.374 his teamate Dale Christofferson had set earlier in the event. Kierryn Hughes was 3rd in 28.486.
To prove records are made to be brocken Kapiti Intermediate grade skater Josh Whyte set a new time of 28.22 to obliterate the previous record of 29.632 held by current World champion Peter Michael, this had also been beaten by an earlier skater Ollie Jones 29.024 earlier in the event.
With the World Class 200 meter bank track newly built, plus an Indoor track that has visitors excited, Timaru is fast developing as a very desirable skating destination for Championship events, all thats needed is a good 400 to 600 meter road circuit, which will be required prior to the proposed 2015 or 2016 World championships in Timaru.
From a South Canterbury Perspective, not as much success in the 100 meter track Time trial events appart from Samantha Michael who won the senior ladies in 31.780, this Did not challenge Nicole Begg’s time of 30.349, a despondent Nicole relegated to Coaching & not able to compete due to mystery health problem, was annoyed at not having the opportunity to slip under 30 sec. Stephanie Challis Upper Hutt & Tegan Roffe Manawatu were 2nd & 3rd.
The Juvinile Girls Title Holder & recordholder Olyvia Mayhew Upper hutt set a new record in 34.819 with local Leah McDonald 2nd & Mikayla Biggs Auckland 3rd.
Intermediate Ladies saw Waimate skater Emily van der Heyden 32.845 pipped by Manawatu skater Daina Gibbs 32.814, with Wanganui skater Jessica van Bentum 3rd in 33.067.
Junior Girls had a suprise winner in Judah Kelly in a time of 33.133 a new record from teamate Rebecca Smith Wanganui in 33.281, with Dahna Penty 3rd in 34.155.
Junior Boys Guy McDonald missed a medal but the Aucland short track Ice trio of Zachary Biggs, Jason Clague & Alex Lewis cleaned up 1,2 & 3, Matthew Biggs the father of Zachary said it was great that such a floor was found for the Indoor speed, with the grip the short track ice skaters relished the conditions, he could not understand why more short track ice skaters did not attempt the indoor, another former Roller & Ice skater Brett McCormack won the Masters 300 T/T in a record time of 31.693 taking out Gary Clark’s old time of 32.297, the evergreen Krystine Davies Clark’s Partner took 2nd place.
Matthew Grigg Christchuch 34.241 beat Jan Kuepper 34.638 & Nick Frame 35.317 to win the Juvinile Boys, while in the Primary Girls Ella Benson 27.057 lost her first race, when Serenity Griffith Manawatu 26.561 won, with a good effort from Roshean O’Connor for her first medal.
Long distance track races continue tonight, with 1,500 & relay events on Saturday.