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There’s been no slowing down for Te Anau’s
rising cycling star Logan Edgar since he donned
the New Zealand uniform for the first time last
His selection for the New Zealand men’s
under-19 road team to contest the Oceania
Championships in Australia last month was the
realisation of a dream to represent his country –
and has simply whetted his appetite for more.
As a team rider, it was Logan’s job to hold his
place in the peloton, thus helping his teammates
make a break out front – which they did to take
out the gold and bronze medals.
With 20km of the race to go and confident the
break was safe, Logan decided to see what was
left in his own tank.
On riding the course in training, he had taken
particular note of the winds down a long straight
and thought that was where he could gain
ground, even if it meant riding solo for the rest of
“I lit it up down there,” he said. “I was hitting
60km/h on that straight. I was flying. It felt so
By the end of the race he had gained a minute
and a half on the rest of the field to finish ninth –
the best possible result left to him.
He was happy with the ride because he was able
to show selectors he was a team player and that
he could pull out the stops when necessary.
On his return from Australia he competed in the
Track Nationals in Invercargill where he achieved
personal best times in the 4km team pursuit and
3km individual pursuit.
“But I can go faster. I know I can go a lot faster
on the track,” he said.
Last weekend it was off to the two-day, seven-
stage Tour of Canterbury and he returned having
turned in one of his best results ever. He finished
third in stage three of the tour and was about
sixth overall on general classification.
But at 150km both days, it was a mammoth
“All up it was the biggest weekend I’ve ever had,”
he said. “My body’s shattered.”
Despite that he’s back on the bike and in the
next few weeks will take on the Tour of Te
Awamutu and Tour of Rotorua. The next big goal
is the Australian National Road Championships
where he is hoping to get the nod for the New
Zealand team. If not, he’ll still ride it as a
member of the Southland team.
His Oceania race had given him more confidence
in his ability and he now believed
he stood a good chance of
representing New Zealand at the
Junior World Championships in
Russia later this year.
But he said none of it would have
been possible without the generous
assistance he had received from a
range of local business, individuals
and service clubs.
He paid a special tribute to Illeana
Taylor who had spearheaded the
fundraising effort. Among those
who contributed were Fresh
Choice Te Anau, Lyndon Moffatt
Building, the Rotary Club of
Fiordland, Kepler Lions, Fiordland
Community Pharmacy and Manaroa
Contracting. Even the Fiordland
College netball team had chipped
in some of their fundraising money,
“It’s been overwhelming,” he said.
A renewed surge of enthusiasm has seen
the relaunch of the Fiordland Athletics
Club after a “slight recession”.
An annual general meeting was held on
March 9 and a new committee elected to
steer the club into the new season and the
hosting of the Southland Cross Country
Championships in mid-July.
Patron Irene Barnes said the AGM was,
appropriately, held on the same day as the
Te Anau Primary School athletics day.
“For those parents who attended it was
obvious we have some great talent in the
(Te Anau) Basin,” she said.
Club membership enabled children to
attend Waverley Shield competitions and
the Colgate Games and would also make
them eligible for trophies at the end-of-
season prizegiving, she said.
While the club itself might have been
in recess, athletic activities in the area
most certainly hadn’t been. The meeting
thanked Adrian Lush for her long-time
dedication to the job of treasurer and
Shaun Cantwell who coached every
Tuesday between 6pm and 8pm.
A suitable assistant was now being sought
to help coach younger age groups and
assist with supervision. Anyone interested
or wanting to find out more should contact
a committee member.
Mrs Barnes said the next step for the club
was to collect any outstanding trophies
and uniforms and anyone still holding
these could hand them back to anyone on
Membership fees have been set at $10
per child or $30 per family. This money
will be used for affiliation fees, uniforms
A gold coin donation on coaching nights
would also be appreciated, Mrs Barnes
The committee is: Shaun Cantwell
(chairman), Fiona Hishon (secretary),
Bev Shephard (treasurer), Brenda Bird,
Sue Carruthers, Jude Cantwell and Irene
Fiordland Athletics Club up and running again
Te Anau cyclist Logan Edgar, pictured here in his New Zealand team uniform, might
be putting in the hard yards but he has some of the most spectacular training
grounds in the country.
Logan’s star keeps rising
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