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OTOROHANGA’S own NZ 1 ranked BMX
racer Austin Lupton scored a major win at the
Nerang International BMX competition on the
Gold Coast this month.
Austin, who won his first national title in
the 13-year-old boys age group in April 2016,
travelled to the Gold Coast along with his older
brother Jack, to compete against some of the
world’s best riders from Friday January 6 to
Sunday January 8.
After a 14th place finish in the Australian
National Series on the Friday and 10th in the
Grands Challenge the next morning, Austin
finally found his feet in the Nerang International
on Saturday night qualifying for the semi-finals
in top position.
Despite competing against some 14-year-old
racers, he swept the field to claim victory over
the World No5 ranked rider in his age group and
World No1 in the age group below him.
Jack, who is ranked NZ 2 and Oceania 2, riding
in the 16-year-old boys class, had a good start to
the competition earning a spot in the six-man
National Series semi-final where he was unlucky
not to make the top four and finished the night
placed 12th overall.
On the Saturday morning, Jack rode in the
Grands Challenge racing alongside a strong field
of Junior Elite Men.
In his first attempt jumping the pro lines, Jack
nailed the first three Motos with two thirds and
a second transferring him to the semis where he
and the World No1 in his age group Cailen Calkin
were the only 16-year-olds to qualify. He was un-
able to qualify for finals leaving him 14th overall.
In the Nerang International, Jack cruised
through to the semi-finals and finished second
to earn a spot in 8-man final.
“He came out strong in the final but with a full
gate of eight big riders the squeeze was on,” says
his mother Kylie.
“Cailen Calkin went down on the first corner
and Jack managed to not get caught up with the
fallen rider to finish his day placed sixth overall.”
Mrs Lupton says both Jack and Austin are
training hard and plan to travel back to Australia
in March to compete in the third round of the
Australian National Series and Grands Challenge.
Major win for Austin
THE Kawhia Rowing Regatta Club has raced
its way to an overall points win in the annual
series of three whaleboat racing regattas to start
the New Year.
The club has been hosting the Oparau and Te
Waitere rowing regatta clubs at its annual New
Year Regatta for 117 years and this year first-place
finishes were evenly spread between the three
clubs on New Year’s Day.
Kawhia finished first in the college boys,
veteran mens, veteran womens and pairs races.
Oparau won the college girls, mens, and wo-
mens, and Te Waitere won the novice, primary
girls and primary boys races.
Kawhia club spokeswoman Sandra Drum-
mond-RuBay says it was a good effort by the club’s
young rowers in challenging tide and weather
The three clubs then raced at Oparau’s regatta
on January 3 and Te Waitere’s regatta on Janu-
“Kawhia claimed seven out of 10 races at the
Oparau regatta,” says Drummond-RuBay.
“At Te Waitere’s regatta on the 7th Kawhia had
three wins and six second-places.” Those results
gave Kawhia enough overall points to retain
the Constance Cup, put up by the Te Waitere
club, for the most overall wins across the three
The racing whaleboats are 11m long and
Five were built in the Auckland area in the
early 1880s and raced on Waitemata Harbour
in a regatta to mark the 50th anniversary of the
Treaty of Waitangi.
The boats came to Kawhia in 1910 and four
of them still survive. One is on display in the
Kawhia Regional Museum Gallery, and three
Kawhia New Year Regatta results:
Novice; Te Waitere 1, Kawhia 2, Kawhia 3;
Primary girls: Te Waitere 1, Kawhia 2, Oparau
3; Primary boys: Te Waitere 1, Kawhia 2, Te
Waitere 3; College girls: Oparau 1, Kawhia 2, Te
Waitere 3; College boys: Kawhia 1, Oparau 2,
Te Waitere 3; Women: Oparau 1, Kawhia 2, Te
Waitere 3; Men: Oparau 1, Kawhia 2, Te Wait-
ere 3; Veteran women: Kawhia 1, Te Waitere 2,
Oparau 3; Men: Kawhia 1, Te Waitere 2, Oparau
3, Pairs – Kawhia 1.
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