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THE TRIBUNE, FEBRUARY 8, 2012
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Waite beats fear to take on the world
By JUDITH LACY
More confident: Isaac Waite has overcome his fear of water to qualify for the ITU World Championships.
Photo: ROBERT KITCHIN
As a teenager Isaac Waite
thought about trying tri-
athlons, but was wary of the
Come October he will compete in
the International Triathlon Union
World Championships in downtown
Waite will line up in the 20 to 24
age group sprint distance race -- a
750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km
The 23-year-old student qualified
for the New Zealand age group team
in November, racing on the same
course as will be used for the
By day, wine is Waite's focus, not
He is doing degrees in wine sci-
ence and viticulture at the Eastern
Institute of Technology in Napier.
My parents like drinking wine, I
like having the odd glass or two so
it's quite fun.''
This year Waite is studying part-
time but next year he and his
girlfriend -- a Massey University
student -- plan to move to Napier so
Waite can study fulltime and finish
After high school in New Ply-
mouth he moved to Palmerston
North to study biochemistry but
found the subject was not for him.
Waite joined Steve Williams'
swim and tri squad last summer.
He has been swimming consist-
ently with the squad since the
middle of last year, after returning
from a winery experience placement
As a kid he learnt to swim and at
Francis Douglas Memorial College
took part in the annual swimming
sports, but that was all.
He had always wanted to do
triathlons but lacked confidence in
In high school he was in the First
XI football team.
Waite always felt he could give
more but did not want to for foot-
He enjoys the fact that with
triathlons he only gets out what he
A running overuse injury in his
left leg prompted Waite to take up
cycling to keep fit.
exercise, it's just a way to release
stress. It is just the way I've been
brought up with my family.''
His physiotherapist joked Waite
should take up swimming because
then he could do triathlons.
But for Waite it was more than a
one liner and he started swimming
at the Lido Aquatic Centre.
I just needed to step up and get
into the water and start training.''
A friend encouraged him to
Looking back, Waite said the leg
injury was a good thing as it led to
the bike, then swimming.
It was kind of good because it
taught me a lot of things about
training and how you have got to be
smart about it.''
Waite said he felt good about the
water now, with Williams' squad
It is pretty amazing with Steve
I always tell my friends and my
family about him,'' he said.
The Lido's sponsorship of the
squad helps with the financial side
of his training.
Last summer Waite did some club
and Contract Tri Series events. I
wasn't too fussed with my times, I
just wanted to get a good base for
it.''He trains four to six times a week
with the squad and his girlfriend,
Chethi, will kick him out of bed for
the 6am starts. If Waite is feeling
lazy or wanting an afternoon nap,
Chethi will tell him to do the sched-
uled out-of-water training.
Waite feels his cycling is coming
together this summer.
I feel like too many athletes take
the bike for granted so do not train
enough on it and maybe that is
what I was doing last year.''
Consistency is his mantra.
I think you have just got to have
the consistency to stay with the
training and keep on with it.''
A former member of Steve Williams'
squad, Kris Watkins, has also
qualified for the New Zealand age
group team for the Sprint Distance
World Champs. Watkins, who now
lives in Queensland, will compete in
the 30 to 34 age group.
Kopane Bridge opens
New span: The new Kopane Bridge, an integral part of Horizons Regional Council's
flood protection system, was officially opened on Saturday. Pictured leading the
opening party along Rongotea Rd is Kevin Emery, of Ngati Kauwhata.
Photo: WARWICK SMITH
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