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A 14-year-old Fiordlander has won
the junior section of the 23km
Otago Peninsula Challenge.
Alistair Green took up mountain
biking competitively about two
years ago. He became hooked on
the sport after attending regular
"Bike Jam" sessions in Invercargill
organised by the Southland
Mountain Biking Association.
"I sold my motorbike and bought a
bike and joined the club," he said.
In November last year Alistair
was crowned Southland under-15
mountain biking champion after
winning the club series. He won
the junior section of the Gowan
Hill event two years ago and was
second in the same race last year.
Two weeks ago he headed
to Dunedin for the peninsula
challenge. Wet weather made for
a slippery course and he suffered
a heavy crash but he fought on to
claim the gold medal.
So far he's avoided any serious
injury from his sport but those
a little older and wiser have
assured him it's only a matter
of time. However, to perfect his
technique and balance he has a
specially built track, similar to a
BMX course, featuring a series
of jumps, bumps and berms, in a
paddock on his parents' property.
What is it about mountain biking
that he likes so much?
"Just the speed," he said, with a
And biking's not the only thing this
teenager is speedy at. Alistair is
also a competent middle distance
runner and is the current under-
14 Southland cross country
He attends athletics regularly and
says training for the two sports are
His next goal is to gain selection
to contest the national secondary
schools' mountain biking
championships and to defend the
titles he won during the past 12
months. Long term?
Speedy teen wins gold
Fourteen-year-old Alistair Green with the gold medal he won by taking out the
junior section of the Otago Peninsula Mountainbike Challenge a couple of
Winton residents' annual clean-up
is under way as homeowners sort
their unwanted possessions for
the town's annual giant garage
sale later this month.
The All Winton Garage Sale
was started by the Winton Area
Promotions Association about five
years ago and has now grown to
be one of the most popular events
on the town's calendar.
Association president Jane
Miedema said more and more
people had got on board each
year and, as word spread, buyers
were coming from as far away as
Dunedin to nab a bargain.
For $10 anyone can register their
garage sale and their address
is added to a map that is sold
to visitors for a gold coin. Those
taking part are also supplied with
balloons to help motorists identify
the correct house.
The maps go on sale from the
Winton Primary School at 9am
on February 28 and the sales run
People can also sell goods from
car boots on the same basis and,
for the first time this year, table
space is being sold at the Winton
Hall for those from out of town
who want to take the opportunity
to sell goods or for those who
don't want to open their garages
to the public.
Some people held a garage
sale every year, in other cases
friends, families or neighbours
banded together to hold a joint
Local businesses also usually
joined in with specials tables of
The local schools take turns at
holding their school fairs on the
same day. This year it's Winton
Any money raised from the day
is invested into projects run by
Winton Area Promotions, such as
Christmas banners, promotional
brochures and informational
Last year there were 51 garage
sales and entries were already
coming in for this year.
The close-off date is February 24.
Such was the draw of the garage
sale day that roads were usually
jammed full of vehicles, many
heavily loaded, Ms Miedema said.
"Every year it just increases in
popularity... the amount of traffic
in Winton alone is just huge, it's
bumper to bumper," she said.
"At the end of the day you can
see trailers going around Winton
collecting bits and pieces -- cars
laden up with things coming out
the windows. It's been fabulous."
The range of items on sale
was enormous -- proving that
one person's trash really was
"You name it, we've got it," Ms
"There's treasures to be found at
the Winton-wide Garage Sale."
Garage sale time
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