Athletes off to games

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 12:02 17/04/2014
Pieter Bulling
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BACK IN TRACK: Pieter Bulling.
Anthony Peden
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HAPPY: BikeNZ men’s sprint coach Anthony Peden with rider Matt Archibald at the Invercargill velodrome earlier this year.
Eddie Dawkins
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UP FOR A CHALLENGE: Southland's Eddie Dawkins will carry a heavy workload at the world track cycling championships which start in Colombia on Thursday.
Tom Scully
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PODIUM FINISH: Tom Scully won silver in the men's points race at the world champs.
Jenna MacKenzie
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Jenna MacKenzie.

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Five Southlanders and two Wanaka triathletes have been named today in teams for this year's Commonwealth Games.

Southland cyclists Pieter Bulling, Tom Scully, Matt Archibald and Eddie Dawkins have been confirmed in a 14-strong BikeNZ team, along with Mossburn Club shooter Jenna MacKenzie, Wanaka triathletes Tony Dodds and Nicky Samuels have also been named amongst the six triathletes who will compete in Glasgow.

MacKenzie will become the first New Zealander to shoot in all three smallbore rifle shooting events at an elite competition.

''Indoor air rifle is very precise, with fractions being the difference between winning and losing. On the outdoor range we're also taking into account wind speed, direction and also lighting,'' MacKenzie said.

The 21-year-old preferred discipline is the 3P (three positions) which she described as dynamic and exciting.

MacKenzie will be part of a nine-strong New Zealand shooting team in Glasgow, with Ricky Zhao the other Games debutante.

Delhi gold medallists Mike Collings and John Snowden have again been named in the fullbore rifle.

New Zealand has won 51 shooting medals at the Games since first competing in 1966.

 

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- The Southland Times

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