'Hard yakka' for van Velthooven in the kilo
Manawatu track cyclist Simon van Velthooven is stacking up the medals at international level.
He has won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, a bronze at the Games in Delhi, a bronze at the London Olympics and a bronze in the kilo at the world champs in Colombia in March.
The Kopane sprinter won silver in the kilo time trial at Glasgow yesterday, but this morning did not qualify for the final in the keirin
"Hard yakka in the kilo," he tweeted after the kilo ride. "Thanks @nzolympics and HPSNZ, the results are just rolling in!"
Still to compete are Manawatu shooters Martin Hunt and Ryan Taylor, road cyclists Jesse Sergent and Reta Trotman and the two Para Sport bowlers Barry Wynks and Mark Noble.
■ Palmerston North's Kris Gemmell is flying high these days with his competitive career not long over.
He has just become an executive board member of the International Triathlon Union. And he did a sterling job commentating at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony and in the triathlon coverage.
■ Hockey Manawatu will miss Ross Turner, who died in Feilding a week ago. The former player was one of Manawatu's big supporters. He and son Craig's company, C & R Engineering, did much work for them at generous rates. They repaired the fencing and signage at the twin turfs, which were damaged in the big storm last month, and have the contract for erecting the video tower and the electronic scoreboards.
■ Tickets for the Silver Ferns test against England in Palmerston North on October 31 will no doubt be in high demand.
Tickets went on sale today and the 2800 seats at Arena Manawatu are likely to sell out fast.
■ Massey University researchers have produced a book revealing the secrets of the All Blacks.
Legends in Black - NZ Rugby Greats on Why We Win was written by Massey PhD graduate and former All Black triallist Tom Johnson, Massey school of sport and exercise associate professor Andy Martin and senior lecturer in history Dr Geoff Watson. Other contributors were senior lecturer in sport management Farah Palmer and former professor Hugh Morton.
■ Former SquashGym Palmerston North and Central squash rep player Glenn Carson is among the action at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. He is NZ Squash's top referee and was refereeing the Games quarterfinals yesterday.
■ This year's 20th Targa New Zealand Rally won't be stopping in Feilding or Palmerston North for the first time in years. The six-day tarmac rally will wend its way from Christchurch to Queenstown in October.