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WHANGAREI LEADER, FEBRUARY 1, 2011
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Bikes get ready to rip it up
Motorcyclists are encouraged to get
their bikes revving for the Marua
The committee is holding another
Marua Motorcycle Trail Ride this
The track is quad bike friendly
and the day includes a barbecue
with drinks for sale.
Youngsters will also be en-
tertained with a kids mini track.
Entry is $30 for adults, $20 for
under-16s and $5 for the kids mini
All under-16s must be ac-
companied by an adult and no
pillion passengers are allowed. Sign-
on starts at 9am with the last rider
through the gate at 2.30pm.
The trail ride will be held at
Browns Farm on Jubilee Rd, Marua,
which will be signposted from
Hikurangi and State Highway 1.
Call 433-7210 for information.
Athletes star in series
Striking talent: Amy Reeder, 18, back, and Shania Kennedy-Lowe, 11, won the taekwon-do national Star Series for
By DENISE PIPER
A local martial arts club is kicking
for the stars on a national and
Head instructor George Konia
started the Hurupaki Taekwon-
Do Club in 2001 with just four
members -- himself, his two chil-
dren and his wife.
Now in its 10th year the club
has produced three international
competitors, as well as regional
and national champions.
With 80 members it is one of the
top 10 clubs for growth in the
International Taekwon-Do Foun-
dation of New Zealand.
It has also been the best overall
performing club at regional tour-
nament level for the past four
Mr Konia says last year the
club was successful at all levels
including the Star Series -- a
series of three national tourna-
Two club members were best
overall in their levels -- 18-year-
old Amy Reeder won the senior
female dan degree (black belt
level) and 11-year-old Shania
Kennedy-Lowe won the junior
female gup grade (coloured belt
Amy has also been selected for
the New Zealand taekwon-do
team, and is trained by Mr Konia
and Aucklander Mark Trotter.
Mr Konia says Shania has big
dreams of following in Amy s steps
and her goal is to make a clean-
sweep of the under-18s Star
Series next year.
As for Amy, her sights are on
competing in the 2011 world
champs in Wellington in March.
This is the first time New Zea-
land has hosted the worlds and
Mr Konia believes it will be good
publicity for the martial art.
Mr Konia will be officiating in
the competitions and other club
members will be marshalls as part
of taekwon-do s philosophy of giv-
Hurupaki Taekwon-Do Club
also has a number of plans this
year for its 10th birthday.
Ten members aged from 12 to
68 will be graduating in black
The club also plans to teach
practical self-defence and Mr
Konia would like to teach in
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