Fast-stacked for success

Black Stacks: Nicolas Kananghinis' fast hands have earned him a place in the New Zealand Sport Stacking team.
Black Stacks: Nicolas Kananghinis' fast hands have earned him a place in the New Zealand Sport Stacking team.

The ability to stack plastic cups very fast has earned an Upper Hutt boy a spot in the New Zealand Sport Stacking team for the World Championships to be held in Germany next year.

Nicolas Kananghinis, a 10-year-old from St Joseph's School, is one of six children chosen to make up the New Zealand "Black Stacks" team.

His third-place overall finish at the National Sport Stacking Tournament in Palmerston North was enough to see him qualify with five others for the team.

Nicolas says he was very excited when he heard he got into the team.

"We got a call and then Mum came in to my room because I was already stacking.

"Then I was really excited. I was just running around everywhere."

Sport stacking features one or two children stacking 12 cups in certain sequences. They must stack the cups up and down in the quickest time possible.

The current world record for the fastest "sport stack cycle" is 5.63 seconds.

Nicolas has been sport stacking for a year and says it is addictive.

"All my friends did it and went to nationals. I just really like it and if you do it once you have to keep on doing it again and again.

"When I first did it, it [his time] was like 47 seconds and I did it with a stop watch because I didn't have a proper mat or anything.

"I thought 47 seconds is really good but now I'm way faster."

His current fastest time is 8.03 seconds and he hopes to get down to a low seven seconds in Germany.

"I'm aiming for a low seven because that's the time you need to get up to the top ten.

"The first day is to get you into the finals and the second day is the finals, so I want to make it to that second day."

Sponsorship is needed to help the team get to Germany. Potential sponsors should contact Speed Stacks (NZ) on 06 326 9535 or Richard Lloyd on 021 737 806.

Upper Hutt Leader