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BUSY TIME: Multi-talented athlete Gabby Gray has a full calender of
Two legs, two wheels
YEAR 13 Rangi Ruru student and
multi-talented athlete Gabby Gray
has a busy month ahead, with sev-
eral championships noted down on
Gabby, from Amberley, will race
in Taupo on Saturday at the
national secondary school duathlon
champs, and a couple of days later,
heads to Australia with the NZSS
cross country team to race in
the Australian secondary school
championships in Canberra.
From there, Dunedin is her
next destination for a week, when
she joins the school's first XI foot-
ball team to play in their South
To cap it off, the multi-talented
youngster will head to Palmerston
North for the national secondary
school cycling champs after two
weeks at home.
Gabby won a team gold at the
South Island secondary school
(SISS) cycling champs last holidays
and also won the senior girls'
under-19 section at the Canterbury
and SISS duathlon champs.
Rangi Ruru head of sport Jo
Fogarty described her as an out-
standing all-round sportswoman,
who continues to achieve at a
high level of competition year
Gabby has always been a key
member of Rangi's successful cross
country team and went to Malta
with the team last year. She was
our second top finisher in Malta,
coming in 10th overall. She placed
11th at the national secondary
school cross country champs this
year, which enabled her to be selec-
ted for the national team. This
young woman is quite exceptional.''
Ms Fogarty said Gabby managed
her time and dedication to each of
her disciplines very well.
She is an integral member of the
football team and has been sorely
missed over the last few weeks,
because of her commitment to
running and cycling.''
Top teen talker wins
white Christmas trip
Talented teen: Georgia-Rae Taylor,
NZ Lions Young Speechmaker
By ANNA PRICE
I thought, OK, this is
a good learning curve. I'll
come back'. When they
announced my name, I
--- Georgia-Rae Taylor
Georgia-Rae Taylor went
into shock'' as she was named
winner of the prestigious
national Lions Clubs Young
Speechmaker competition in
Auckland at the weekend.
Her stand-out performance
has won her six weeks in the
United States and Canada,
where she will be home-hosted
by a Lions family.
The 16-year-old Villa Maria
student -- and youngest competi-
tor in a field of 16 talented
young finalists from across New
Zealand -- said she had not even
rated herself in the top five.
You can kind of gauge how
you're going. At lunch, I was
planning the topic for next year.
I thought, OK, this is a good
learning curve. I'll come back'.
When they announced my
name, I was completely gobs-
macked.'' she said.
Her mother, Kerri, was
Mum was shaking so much
she couldn't even get the iPad
out to take a photo.''
Each finalist had to deliver a
speech on a topic of their own
choice for five to six minutes,
followed by a brief impromptu
session on privacy.
Georgia-Rae's chosen topic
was how board games reflect
real life and the lessons given.
In the one minute allowed for
the impromptu, she opted for
humour -- based on the tempor-
ary lack of a handle on her door.
Lions contest national co-
ordinator Kerry Beach predicted
a very bright'' future for
She is such a lovely person,
with a gregarious outgoing
personality. Her family, her col-
lege and her sponsoring Wigram
Lions Club can justifiably be
very proud of her. She is truly a
remarkable, mature young lady
who is totally focussed,'' he said.
Her poise and posture can be
credited to a strong speech
and dancing background in
ballet and contemporary. She
has danced with the Royal
New Zealand Ballet at the
She also plays netball, tennis
and basketball, and is involved
in aerobics and athletics.
She is looking at a potential
career in professional dance
A white Christmas has
always been a dream of mine. I
know Christmas Day will be
hard away from family, so this is
a learning experience.
I'm really looking forward to
being a representative of New
Zealand. I'm very patriotic.''
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