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Top 10 2012 sporting moments in Sth Canty

Last updated 05:00 22/12/2012
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MEDAL WINNER: Bluestone school pupils Lucas Mullings, from left, Aaron Kavanaugh, Zac McLennan and check out Marc Ryan's bronze medal.
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WINNING SMILE: World 'Down The Line' champion Natalie Rooney.
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DELIGHTED: Hayden Paddon Rally won SWRC class in NZ.
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Olympic cyclist Shane Archbold holds the remnants of his mullet, after it was cut off following the PowerNet Tour of Southland. "The Flying Mullet" campaign raised more than $11,000 for the Child Cancer Foundation.

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1. Marc Ryan's Olympic bronze medal

The 28-year-old Ryan competed in his third Olympics in cycling's team pursuit. The team matched their Beijing efforts with a bronze medal. Ryan has yet to decide if he will have a crack at Rio but will marry Eve Anderson at Lake Tekapo next month.

2. Clay target shooter Natalie Rooney winning world championships

A tough year for Rooney after being selected for London Olympics and then dropped after a successful appeal from another competitor. She put the disppointment behind her to win World 'Down The Line' Championships in Wales.

3. Hayden Paddon two wins in the Super World Rally Championships

Paddon starting the season on fire but a change of team, mechanical and driver mistakes costs him the title he was chasing. He would love to step up to the top tier World Rally Championships but with costs prohibitive he is likely to have to settle for SWRC again.

4. Shane Archbold seventh at Olympics in omnium

Archbold showed he has the abilty to foot it with the best all round track cyclists in the world in tough six discipline event. Seems likely to switch to the pursuit team in 2013.
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5. Dylan Kennett three silvers at World Juniors

Kennett follows South Canterbury's proud tradition of producing world class cyclists. He impressed so much in Invercargill that he was given his first shot at an elite UCI event in the individual pursuit in Glasgow where he finished 4th.

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6. Cass Reid makes Black Sticks

After 58 years of waiting South Canterbury has produced a nataional hockey representative. The Craighead 18-year-old was a surprise selection but look to have a long future in international sport.

7. Emily Fanning in the swing

The 17-year-old won first professional title with partner Anett Kontaveit from Estonia in the women's ITF doubles in Mexico. Fanning has been a regular at the junior grand slams and is starting to get some real traction.

8. Netballer Alice Eddington shoots for NZ Schools

The Craighead goal shoot played against Australia. Her selection came after impressing a variety of national tournaments amongst some stiff competition. One to keep an eye on.

9= Clay target shooter William Rooney on world stage again

The Timaru Boys High School shooter represented New Zealand in the under-21 category and placed sixth in the world down the line championships in Wales.

9= Scullers Cameron and Russell Crampton finish sixth at World Junior Championships

The identical twins joined two Marlborough boys and made the final of the quadruple sculls.
They also took at the senior double for Timaru Boys' High School at the Maadi Cup. Looking towards Rio.

10. Inline skater Emily van der Heyden impresses at at World Junior Championships

Van der Heyden went to Italy for the experience as she is still eligible next year. Her best event was  the 500m where she finished 13th so can expect a big 2013 in Belgium.

- The Timaru Herald

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