Christchurch athletes ready for world class facility after seven-year wait

Christchurch's top athletes will soon be able to compete at an international standard facility as the multipurpose Nga Puna Wai sporting complex takes shape, seven years after QE2 was destroyed in the 2011 quake.

Commonwealth Games middle distance runner Angie Petty says she's relieved she won't have to make the trips to Timaru anymore, just to compete on an all-weather track.

"To think we don't have to drive all the way to Timaru anymore, and we don't have to fly to get to a track."

Middle distance runner Mitchell Small is feeling the same relief after travelling as far as Auckland to just compete against the best.

"So actually all of the last summer I was every weekend up in Auckland racing, not only to get better facilities but also better competition and race a few of the top guys in NZ."

The hockey turfs have also been laid, with hope club finals may be played on them in August.

With Christchurch set to host the National Track and Field Athletics Championship from 2019, the facility will likely host Tom Walsh in the shot put area.

The athletics track will be finished in June, with competitors set to compete on it during the summer.

Opening later this year, the Nga Puna Wai sporting complex will give Canterbury athletes a place to call home. Source: 1 NEWS

Watch: MLB players casually play through 3.5 magnitude earthquake in San Francisco

An earthquake rattled San Francisco yesterday but it wasn't enough to stop baseball players continuing with play.

During the first innings of an MLB match between the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, the 3.5 magnitude quack struck in the middle of Reds first baseman Joey Votto's at-bat.

The outfield camera picked up the shakes but it didn't appear to affect Giants pitcher Chris Stratton who continued with his wind-up and delivery to Votto.

Votto showed a bunt but let the pitch go for a strike.

He joked after the game the quake was the reason he was forced to leave the game with a back issue.

"I was feeling pretty good and then that earthquake hit and all of a sudden everything got thrown off right around 7:18 p.m. in the middle of my first at-bat," Votto said.

"Oh, I got taken out of the game because of it, are you kidding me? I'm a sensitive soul."

The Giants went on to win the game 10-7.



Big Kiwi sporting personalities turn out for annual Halberg Challenge to help disabled kids

Some of New Zealand's big sporting personalities haven been among those helping disabled Kiwi kids become involved with sport, competing at the annual Halberg Challenge yesterday.

Halberg winners Team New Zealand took part in the run, cycle and rowing event.

Olympic bronze medal cyclist Simon van Velthooven, gold medal rower Joe Sullivan and Team NZ's Josh Junior were just some of the Kiwi athletes at the event.

People from all walks put their bodies on the line to enable kids like Zane Kukutai-Seumanu to be involved in sport.

Over $18,000 has been raised to go towards the Halberg Disability Games that is held later on in the year.

Halberg winners Team New Zealand took part in the run, cycle and row event fundraiser. Source: 1 NEWS