Grant opens road to worlds

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Oamaru mountain biker Connor Sandri was North Otago’s biggest beneficiary in the latest round of Skeggs Foundation funding.
The under-19 national champion was given a grant to help him attend world cup races as he works to progress up the world cycling rankings.
Fellow cyclist Tim Rush, fresh from winning the New Zealand club road race title, was given a grant to help him push for a top-five placing at the elite national championships.
With North Otago being strong in youth athletes, most of the grants went to aspiring young sportspeople to help them attend tougher competitions around the country.
Swimmer Iessha Mansfield, rower James Scott, cricketer Molly Loe and darts player Kayden Milne are all targeting the next levels in their respective sports, including selection for Otago teams.
The Skeggs Foundation gives grants twice a year to Otago sportspeople to help them represent their province, and New Zealand. It is managed by Sport Otago. Kate Holland, of Sport Waitaki, assists with North Otago applicants.
Oamaru triathlete and sports administrator Adair Craik has joined the Skeggs Foundation as a trustee, bringing important local knowledge to the group.
“It certainly is an honour to be selected as a trustee on this nationally recognised organisation,” she said.
“My aim is to work closely with the Foundation and Sport Waitaki representative Kate Holland to lift the profile of our talented North Otago athletes.
“The depth of talent throughout Otago is fantastic and the Skeggs Foundation offers athletes opportunities that they may not be able to achieve otherwise.”