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WSSC Primiero, Italy

Show Profile  PhillipH Posted: 25 May 2011, 7:07 AM  
HBToday wanting photos ... please check email to Louise asap. Thanks.

Show Profile  Chris Posted: 25 May 2011, 7:38 AM  
Awesome effort everyone. All power to the runners brains (and legs)! Keep up the good work and enjoy the middle distance event.

Show Profile  Chris Posted: 25 May 2011, 12:16 PM  
Something totally irrelevant but amusing, anyone else notice the kiwi in the middle of the long distance map?

Show Profile  tim.a Posted: 26 May 2011, 12:02 AM  
Both Junior Boys AND Junior Girls teams came 2ND overall! Girls beaten by England by only 3 mins and the boys beaten by the local students. NGHS Senior Girls got 6th. Snr Boys 10th.

Again website for full results

Results for the Middle Distance race last night:


Junior Boys
Callum Herries 13th
Devon Beckman 14th
Ieuan Edmonds 26th
Duncan Spall 35th
Isaac Sweetapple 41st
Senior Boys
Pearson Williams 32nd
Sam Clarke-Winiata 34th
Zane Tomalin 38th
Nathaniel Hinton 42nd
Liam Ward 52nd

Junior Girls
Vida Fox 5th
Brianna Massie 9th
Monieka Scott 16th
Alice Lumsden 31st
Katherine Rybinski 61st

Senior Girls
Naomi Anderson 15th
Holly Edmonds 23rd
Georgia Lindsay 39th
Amber Helliwell 46th
Laura Kaan 52nd

Show Profile  tim.a Posted: 26 May 2011, 12:41 AM  
Just through now - very hot off the press...
The Official Team Results are....

W1 7th place (Napier Girls Senior Team)
W2 2nd place (Napier Girls Junior Team)
M1 7th place (Napier Boys Senior Team)
M2 2nd place (Napier Boys Junior Team)

These are the combined overall results

Show Profile  tim.a Posted: 26 May 2011, 1:04 AM  
What a day - full of triumphs and disappointments... It has taken a few hours to get the actual competition results out of the organisation - but that's OK.

The day was a very good one up there at the event - Val Canali was the venue again, with the same event centre as Monday's race. The kids has less of a walk to the start today and a shorter course - it being the middle.

Some very good results - we ended up being 2min 16 secs from taking out the 1st place for the junior girls - there was 27 mins back to 3rd place. The junior boys were beaten by 26 mins by the local high school but were 4 mins ahead of England.
In the M1s we beat both Italian teams - the kids have done so well !

We were transported up and back by bus again - a major logistical undertaking that went a lot smoother today. The weather held off well - at times the temperature hit the early 30's.

After the race it was all go as we set up for the Meet The Nations evening that was held before prize giving. This involved each delegation setting up a stall showing info about their country. we also performed in front of everyone. Both schools did a haka, which was received so well. During the NZ item, most of the activity in the town square came to a halt, with a huge crowd gathered in front of the stage.

After dinner, most of the kids headed into town to catch up with new found friends before being all tucked up by 10:30.

Tomorrow sees the friendship event and the final prizegiving, farewell party and farewells to new found friends.

The friendship relay has 3 members - each from a different nation. They have controls that they must get individually, as well as controls they they must all punch within 20 seconds. All very complicated, all very easy.

Friday morning will see us leavng town about 8am local time - which will be 6pm NZ time, so think of us !

Catch up with you all tomorrow !

Show Profile  valerie Posted: 26 May 2011, 7:30 AM  
Wow!! Well done everyone sounds so cool.Enjoy the rest of your stay.....yay NGHS & NBHS.....way to go!!! Oh and well done Coach and helpers!!

Show Profile  jh Posted: 27 May 2011, 11:40 PM  
Just had a txt message asking to pass on this news: Arrived in Rome. Had a great train trip. Have been to the Colloseum. Now eating at a pizzeria. Can see the Colloseum and pizza is great.

Show Profile  tim.a Posted: 29 May 2011, 8:25 PM  
Hi folks, Tim here. have just arrived in Florence - Firenze - on a most delightful afternoon. We are going to have dinner here at the hostel shortly. This is just to say we have arrived safely. I will fill in the details shortly. Ciao

Show Profile  tim.a Posted: 31 May 2011, 12:52 AM  
What a stunner today has been. I saw the temperature a couple of times - 27 and 32 degrees ! We had a site seeing day today. The group split into smaller groups to look around. We had some going to the Football Museum, some over to Pisa, some on a foot tour of Florence and most on a open top bus tour of the city. It worked very well. We left about 8am and all met back at the station at 6pm for dinner. Some came back to the hostel for tea, while others had tea up town. The siteseeing saw lots of old buildings, shops, scenic sites - it was great.
The hostel here in Florence is an old family estate on the outskirts of the city. It has very grand and ornate marble and plaster work throughout it, it's about 4 stories high and in great grounds. There seems to be about 200 staying here, ranging from 14/15 - we are the youngest thru' to late 60/70's. A real diverse range.

Tomorrow we travel to Venice by bullet train, so I am just sorting the final details of getting to the hostel from the train station. At the moment I think we will travel the length of the Grand Canal by water bus - that'll be different for everyone !

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the end of this week - ciao for now !

Show Profile  tim.a Posted: 31 May 2011, 6:44 PM  
hi guys,
well a bit of excitment on several fronts. When we got to Venice we found that the water buses are on strike for 24 hours. A bit tricky when out hostel is across the water from St Marks square.. The hostel suggested that we walk to one point and take the boat from there ( some where working) however this meant a 2.5 hour walk with our suitcases .. we weren't that keen.. We managed to find us a water taxi which is more expensive but when we shared it amongst 31 people .. we still managed to hve our budget cover it.... so we had an exciting ride to the hostel.. loaded/squashed into 2 water taxis.. lets put it this way if it sank there was no way we would have got out... ..a few of the kids sat in the back.. Naomi was one of them.. she was as high as a kite and so excited to be in Venice.. she was squealing with excitement !!!!
The next news is that outside our hostel there is a party tonight being hosted by Elton John who lives/ has a house about 100 metres from here..
Apparently Sharon Stone is expected to attend.. they have got this huge boat.. you can see lots of lights, band, sound system, plants, carpet on the gangplank... and when I mean outside the hostel .. I mean RIGHT outside the hostel.. about 12 metres to the windows... it could be a long night....all very exciting....nothing like a bit of variety on the trip !!!!
The weather is stunning... and this afternoon we have explored the island and will do the main part of Venice tomorrow when the water buses are working.. The rooms seem ok.. the females all in one and the guys in the other...
Well thats the news from Venice... its stunningly beautiful.... the kids are off for a run with Derek in a minute.... good old Derek.. can you hear the kids groaning from NZ???
It's the interschool event one week from when we get back, as well as the East Coast Athletic champs on Wednesday.. so he wants to keep them fit.
We will let you know how it all goes !

Show Profile  valerie Posted: 1 June 2011, 2:10 AM  
For the first time, I wish I was with you....Elton John!!! Yay...lucky buggers.

Show Profile  Paul I Posted: 1 June 2011, 3:50 AM  
EJ just wants to show off his new baby. Would have presumed you'd seen enough babies by now Val.... unless you're getting in the mood for grandkids

Show Profile  DMjunior Posted: 1 June 2011, 4:10 AM  
Do you want grand kids mum?
Derek secretly doesn't really wana keep them fit, he just wants to keep himself fit. He has Queens Birthday Weekend when he gets back!

Show Profile  Paul I Posted: 1 June 2011, 4:58 AM  
It's worth the sacrifice for the good of nz orienteering and looking ahead to a future clan of O-men when Duncan gets too old.
Derek like any good stallion shouldn't be put out to pasture just yet!

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