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Te Anau classic motorbike
enthusiast Sid Chaloner has
realised his dream of racing in
Australia’s International Island
Classic at Phillip Island but,
typically, has played down his
“(Wife) Ellie reckoned I looked like
an old man in a mobility scooter
going round,” he quipped.
“I had a ball but I needed another
There were more than 70
superbikes in his pre-80s up to
1300cc class and he was up
against some of his heroes.
They included Wayne Gardner
(1987 World 500GP champion; U/L
FE lap record holder at 1:42.451;
winner of 2008 Phil Irving Trophy),
Robbie Phillis (2008 & 2006
Australian U/L FE Champion; twice
3rd in World SBK championship;
1st 1988 Australian 1000cc
Championship; 1st 1988 Australian
Endurance Championship; 1981-
1985 Superbike Series winner five
consecutive years) and Malcolm
Campbell (two-times Australian
Superbike champion; overall
winner 2008 Int Challenge; overall
winner 2008 MotoGP Aust Historic
support class; up-to-600 FE lap
record holder at 1:42.893).
Mr Chaloner missed qualifying for
division 1 by only 0.2sec, clocking
“I was pretty happy. It took a while
to learn the track and I got faster
His fastest lap was 1min 54.2sec.
However, as he got faster, his bike
began to misfire, probably due to
“But no excuses. We need a faster
rider and more horsepower,” he
Despite that he performed well in
the division 2 competition, picking
up a fourth, two seconds and a first
He also joined the International
Challenge, featuring 13 riders each
from Australia, England and New
Zealand and got a 28th
Mr Chaloner said he left Australia
exhausted but happy and is keener
than ever to return next year.
Dream ride for Classic enthusiast
Fiordland deer farmers produced a
small but quality line-up of velvet at their
association’s annual velvet competition on
Held at Chris Carran’s property just out of
Te Anau, the event was also an excuse for
late Christmas barbecue and social get
together for members.
Chairman Chris Petersen said the
association had about 56 paid up members
but many of them focused on meat, not
velvet. That coupled with low velvet prices
meant entries were light this year.
However, the quality of velvet continued to
improve with two-year-olds now reaching
around 4.5kg. The heaviest mixed age red
was about 10.6kg with the heaviest wapiti
elk about the same.
Judges Harry Robinson, of Invercargill,
and Deer Industry New Zealand producer
manager Tony Pearse, of Wellington, were
impressed with the velvet on show.
Mr Pearse had judged the Southland
association two-year-old competition the
previous night where the average weight
“The genetics are incredible.”
The Fiordland competition had turned up a mix
of styles, all with strong features that had made
judging difficult. Aside from wapiti velvet, which
showed little variation in style, red deer farmers
were choosing either trophy or velvet antler which
were quite different.
While recognising weight, in coming to their final
decision the judges had favoured a more classic,
clean velvet style, Mr Pearse said.
RESULTS: Two-year-old Red: Chris Petersen 1, Grant Lindsay and
Christine Pounsford 2, Chris Petersen 3.
Mixed Age Red: Chris Petersen 1, Grant Lindsay and Christine
Pounsford 2, Chris Petersen 3.
Mixed Age Waipti Elk: Brian Risk 1, Murray Hagen 2, Murray
Photo: Lesley Bryan
Sid Chaloner in action at the Phillip Island International Classic in Australia
First placegetters in the Fiordland Deer Farmers’ annual
velvet competition on Sunday (from left) Brian Risk
(mixed age wapiti elk) and Deborah and Chris Peterson
Deborah is holding the two-year-old red section
winner and Chris the mixed age red.
Quality of velvet impresses judges
Tap dancing classes are to be
held in Te Anau this year.
In response to requests from
local parents, Invercargill-based
teacher Maxine Hotton plans
to travel to Fiordland fortnightly
during school terms.
A dance teacher for more than 18
years, Mrs Hotton runs classes for
competition, class and exam work
from her own Sycamore Studio of
Tap Dance catering for those as
young as four to adults of all ages.
Performing in concerts and
competitions was a great
discipline and confidence builder
and could lead to a future in
musical theatre, she said.
“Tap dancing is also, of course, a
great way to bring the musicality
out in anyone and, along with
being fantastic fun, it is also a
great form of exercise.”
She has about 45 pupils in
Invercargill and was looking
forward to teaching in Te Anau.
“It’s good to share the love – to
show other people the sort of
enjoyment I get out of it.”
Mrs Hotton’s first lessons in Te
Anau begin on February 12 at the
Te Anau Primary School hall.
Classes will be divided into age
groups and open to anyone from
age four and up.
For enrolments or further
information, contact Mrs Hotton
on 03-217-0747 or email
taps into Te Anau
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