Council celebrated the recent successes of Hastings sports people at the formal monthly Hastings District Council meeting today (February 22).
Jack Wilkinson at age 14 was the youngest member of the New Zealand under-18 canoeing team to attend the Grand Prix 2 Canoe Racing Championships in Sydney this month. He placed third in the K4500 Team event and fifth in the B Final – Individual K1.
He had received $250 from the Mayoral Fund to help with the costs of attending the championships.
Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said Jack’s dedication and achievements on behalf of Hastings and New Zealand were commendable.
“Jack has also been selected for the under-16 New Zealand team for Canoe Racing and will be competing again this weekend. We wish him the very best of luck,” she said.
Representatives of the 77-strong Hawke’s Bay Special Olympics Athletics Team also received congratulations from Mrs Hazlehurst for their efforts at the National Summer Special Olympics Games in Wellington in November.
The team brought home 46 medals and ribbons in six sports: swimming, golf, ten-pin bowling, soccer, indoor bowls and bocce, Mrs Hazlehurst told councillors and the public gallery.
“I’m thrilled to hear that after four years of training, so many of your team have also attained a personal best in different events – living up to the motto of ‘Let me win but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt’,” she said.
The team had received $600 from the Mayoral Fund to help with the costs of attending the games.
22 February 2018
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