From The Sideline with Ferg

From The Sideline with Ferg 548 543 The Flyer Magazine
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From The Sideline


The Queenstown Car Club will celebrate 50 years this month. A local club that continues to have a healthy membership. A club that has brought a lot of excitement to the Wakatipu Basin throughout the years and that included some well-known local drivers like Munro Tall, Pete Ramsay, Stuart Maclean, current Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult, Grant Aitken, Graham Wild, John MacDonald, Clark Hotton, and that is not even scratching the tarseal! Even Tony Quinn has had a crack. The Coronet Peak Hill Climb still remains the club’s signature event and the 50th anniversary for that will be in 2022. I have witnessed a handful of Coronet Peak Hill Climbs. The enthusiastic club driver still provided plenty of hairy moment’s for the spectators, especially at the very tight left hander and up through the S’s. Stuart Maclean shared some stories on the radio recently, some involving local politicians back in the day, who used high powered political connection to gain the necessary sign off or clearance. Now with the ever present ‘Mr Health and Safety’, it does present real issues for organisations like the Queenstown Car Club to try and navigate. Credit to the members and volunteers who have enabled many sprints and trials to take place to satisfy the thirst of motorsport fans. We hope Covid allows the club to celebrate fifty years with rally star Hayden Paddon this month.

Eighteen-year-old Brit Emma Raducanu stunning the world in winning the US Tennis Open last month. Unknown at Wimbledon and withdraws at the quarter finals stage, then to Flushing Meadow’s in New York through three rounds of qualifying and then stunning the sports world by winning. At the same time her beaten opponent 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez also lauded as another teenage star turning heads on the world stage. Then the world’s media starts talking about those teenagers in various sports that are turning heads and doing amazing things at a young age. The likes of Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez, 15-year-old Russian figure skater Alina Zagatova who has done it all – Olympic Champion World Champion and European Champion, 18-year-old Spain and Barcelona forward Ansu Fati, 18-year-old Japanese artistic gymnast Takeru Kitazono and the list goes on. I would put our own Alice Robinson on that list. Just named in the New Zealand Winter Olympic team for Beijing 2022. She first went to the Winter Olympics four years ago in South Korea as a 16-year-old. A break out season last year and the prospect of a podium finish is her goal. For me she more than deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as those teenagers I have mentioned above. If the stars align she will be a superstar of her sport.