Braden Currie and Hannah Wells crowned Challenge champions

  Wanaka’s Braden Currie is the 2019 Challenge Wanaka champion, clocking four hours flat as he crossed the finish line of the 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21.1km run race. Currie was second out the water this morning after Christchurch’s...... Read More

Dougal Allan and Simone Maier win Coast to Coast

  Two Wanaka locals, Dougal Allan and Simone Maier, can now add World Multisport Champion titles to their lifetime achievement lists. Both endurance athletes were first-time victors of the Kathmandu Coast to Coast World Championship One Day...... Read More

Traffic management plans up to the challenge

As Challenge Wanaka organisers prepare to host up to 2800 participants and about 10,000 spectators for their 13th annual multi-day event, there are important road closures to be aware of now until Sunday. Six separate events are scheduled for the...... Read More

Sadowski-Synnott crowned snowboard slopestyle World Champion

  Zoi Sadowski-Synnott made history in Park City, USA, over the weekend. In a first for New Zealand, the 17-year-old has claimed the FIS World Championship title in women’s snowboard slopestyle. Sadowski-Synnott was the top scorer in February...... Read More

Allan returns to Coast to Coast after hiatus

  Several of Wanaka’s strongest athletes are gearing up for this weekend’s Kathmandu Coast to Coast with one in particular who is returning after a six-year hiatus from the race and carrying a new appreciation of the event. Multisport,...... Read More

Murray claims gold in Canada

Wanaka’s Craig Murray has claimed gold at the second stop of the 2019 Freeride World Tour in British Columbia, Canada. Murray said after the race, “It was a super cold day here, close to -30 in the morning but the sun came out and...... Read More

Team, individual wins for swim club

Eight Wanaka Swim Club members competed at the Alexandra Waitangi Challenge Meet over the weekend. Kate Bennie, Jojo King, Jorja Miles, Cruz Morland, William Schurink, Ben Silipo, George Young and Maddie Young were back in action after the long summer...... Read More

Novice girls shine at rowing champs

  With 1272 competitors taking part from 42 clubs, Lake Ruataniwha saw great conditions and great racing last weekend for the Meridian South Island Rowing Championships. Wanaka Rowing Club took their full squad of 25 junior rowers (pictured)....... Read More

World championship fifth for Bilous

  Local freeskier Finn Bilous finished fifth in big air at the Utah 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships on February 2. Freeski big air was added to the World Championship programme following the International Olympic...... Read More