Nikau on a winning roll

Nikau Peipi soars into the long jump pit at the recent New Zealand Track and Field champs. Photo: Alisha Lovrich Photography.

It has been a huge few weeks for Marlborough athlete and touch player Nikau Peipi.

Following his efforts at the junior nationals, the 15-year-old Marlborough Boys’ College student was named in the New Zealand under-16 mixed touch team which will travel to Australia’s Gold Coast in September.

He has also been making startling headway on the athletics front.

After travelling to Brisbane in early March he proved his prowess with some strong offshore performances, earning a much-coveted international classification, allowing him to compete at the top level in para track and field events.

Across the ditch he finished 11th in the senior para men’s 100m, and made the top eight in the senior para men’s shot put.

He then returned home for the New Zealand Track and Field champs in Christchurch where he upped the ante.

Nikau claimed gold in the under-17 para 100m, setting a new national under-17, under-20 and men’s record with a time of 12.29, his personal best.

He also claimed gold and a PB in the under-17 para shot put, breaking the NZ U-17 record with a put of 10.43m.

Next came a third gold in the under-17 para high jump, his leap of 1.68m creating another national record and PB.

Nikau added a silver medal in the under-17 200m, recording a PB of 24.39. He also claimed silver in the under-17 long jump, leaping 5.10m.


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