Jones and Begg in dominant form

Sophie Lowen competes for South Canterbury in the Regional Speedskating at the Aorangi Stadium
Sophie Lowen competes for South Canterbury in the Regional Speedskating at the Aorangi Stadium

South Canterbury dominated the Southern Area South Island speed skating championships on the 100m indoor track at the Southern Trust Events Centre on Saturday.

Christchurch's world junior contender Ollie Jones was impressive, taking 30 seconds off a long-standing 5000m record that was no longer a standard distance for men's indoor national titles. Jones also dominated the other events.

While not in full training, South Canterbury's Nicole Begg was still able to show her class, by clocking 31.895 for the 300m time trial, recording the second fastest time of the day behind Jones' 30.463 seconds.

South Canterbury's Tyla Smith dominated the tough junior girls grade but fellow Oceania medallists Ariana Snook and Jazmyn McAuley fought out a tough battle for the silver medals.

In the junior boys, Jan Kuepper had the wood on Nick Frame, the Oceania cadet champion, on the indoor circuit.

Keaton Swindells picked up the bronze medals.

South Canterbury's Ella Benson continued on her winning way in the juvenile girls but Charli Nevin and Tasha McAuley were also impressive.

The primary girls was won by former Chatham Islander Isobel Hill,while Pippa Nevin fought out the other medals with Blenheim's Erin Green and Nelson's Charlotte Scott while newcomer Nicole Teixeira put in good efforts.

Ajay Caldwall won the primary boys.

The intermediate ladies was won by Sophie Lowen with Boudine Brown and& Analiese Le Roy, picked up the silver medals.

Nicole Begg won senior ladies from Dahna Penty but it would have been a difficult assignment for anyone, as Begg has not been beaten in any New Zealand titles on track, road or bank tracks over all distances for the past decade.

Twelve Nelson skaters competed, after an absence in recent years.

Cheryl Begg and Timaru club skaters and officials have made three coaching trips to Nelson in the last six months to support their rebuilding and growth, to strengthen the opposition in the South Island.

The Timaru Herald