Nicole Van der Kaay: Triathlon / Multisport
Hi, Nicole recently competed in the Aquathlon.( all races 1 km swim 5 km run) Nicole competed in the age 16-19 age group and set off in wave one along with three other age groups under 35. She managed to keep within the top 10 swimmers all the way on the swim leg, and even though she had trouble with the stitch she managed to win the gold in the 16-19 age group and come in third overall in a time of 34.04. First and second placegetters  hail from the 20-25 age group and second place only 5 seconds ahead. Their times compare really well with the elites of which Nicky Samuels won. Nicole was really pleased that she had qualified for this at Nelson and competed on wednesday as a good leadup to monday in what will be the first triathlon of the season. The water was freezing and there were quite a number of rescues.
Media reported 780 entries for the aquathlon.Josh Kenyon and Cam Todd also represented NZ. Thanks to all supporters, Nicole has returned to school for thursday and friday as she has tests that are worth credits in the leadup to
NCEA exams.regards Anna V    

Hi to all,Nicole is concentrating on her training for the worlds, studying for exams and is halfway through a large art portfolio she has to finish. In the lead up she competed in the Duathlon nationals at Taupo and gained 2nd place in the intermediate girls. The first four girls set a very fast pace and once again it was down to a sprint finish to achieve the 2nd placing.
These are the same competitors she comes against at triathlons, cross country etc. It was a good workout.She was delighted to be named sportswoman of the year at the Taupo Nui A Tia college sports awards. She received 9 trophies in all.
The worlds sprint age  group event is set to be the largest yet(numbers
wise) so the experience of racing a triathlon/ aquathlon with so many will be an experience!regards anna v

  Hi, It was a great experience to travel to Adelaide  with the Cross Country Team. On the Saturday we had the individual champs and I was stoked with my 11th place (3rd Kiwi)(U18 4 KM 16.10 mins). We were also given points on our places in the race, Our Kiwi Team won (unofficial though !)  On the Sunday a visit to the beach and on the Monday we had the relays. (teams of 5 persons). One of my team members had a fall, but we still ended up with 3rd place. The teams were selected for each Australian state. We are grateful to Mr Alec McNab of NZ Secondary Schools Athletics Assoc. and Ms Jessica Sloan of St Peters School who made this trip possible for the 21 NZ Athletes. Also thanks to Taupo Sports Advisory and to all supporters. Thanks Nicole .
Hi to all, Nicole was very pleased with her first podium finish in a National cross country event. We headed to Hamiltons Minoque Park on saturday morning. (pelting down!).The 4km race of age 15 and 16 girls had about 40 entrants, somewhat less than the 150 at the schools, however you could say they were the best 40- extremely hot competition! , but that is what you want. The first and second placegetters retained their places throughout, with Nicole in the next group of three. The 2 km spectator friendly lap course had by then turned to mud, (this did affect the performance of many !) The three had little surges going on and it all once again came down to a sprint finish, this time Nicole outrunning 4th by 1 sec, and 5th a few paces back. These athletes were same as those at the schools that had got ahead. (schools Nicole 7th). To add to that each region could enter teams of 4 within the race to compete for the team medals. Nicole running for the athletics Waikato/BOP region, who was first in for the region , points contributed to the team gaining the Silver Medal. ( Nice medal celebrating 125 years Athletics NZ) Of the 21 NZ secondary Team travelling to Adelaide 20 had turned out in Hamilton. We were able to meet Mr Alec McNab Manager who is organizing and accompanying the team, who is Athletics coach at Wanganui Colliegiate and Athletics NZ president. They are in good hands. The athletes were given their black New Zealand singlets, with Jacket and tee shirt to follow. Very exciting. Nicole is hoping her result will help her gain  a spot in the 5 person NZ relay team race in Adelaide, relays will also be held after individual racing. Thanks to all supporters.
Hi everyone, first thanks very much to Chris  and Chris  for the asics spikes,I will be needing them for australian XC in August.The school holidays were very busy, with the first weekend NIXC champs(broke taupo record held since 1994) and then onto to NI SS cycling champs in Cambridge. I was pleased to come in with the top group in the 28km race. I also managed to get in 3 days up the mountain, and then spent the second  week on the Tri youth academy camp at Mt Maunganui, It was a live in camp, which I really enjoyed, one day did a 80km bike ride. I also managed a couple of swim trainings with the surf lifesavers, a couple trainings for the sls pool champs and general training as well.Back to school now and training in the outdoors pool in Taupo! Nicole
 Hi everyone, Nicole as a triathlete is very pleased with her 7th placing at the National secondary schools cross country held at Saint Kentigan college last saturday. The senior girls 4 km race contained approx 150 talented athletes from all over NZ . This result has seen her selected to represent NZ at the Australian school nationals in August. She must decide attendance in the NZ team by friday.One other student Kyle Smith also attended the competition.  To top off her brilliant day she flew back to Taupo arriving at 4pm  with just enough time to prepare and attend the annual Taupo Nui A tia school ball, a highlight on the school calender. Thanks to all supporters
Auckland bound for Nicole and Kyle
Nicole Van De Kaay and Kyle Smith will be representing Taupo Nui-a-Tia College when they compete at The National Secondary School Cross Country Championships at Saint Kentigern College in Auckland at the weekend.
Following their highly successful triathlon season sixteen year old Nicole and fourteen year old Kyle have now demonstrated their strength at regional level Cross Country running, with second places in their respective classes at the Bay of Plenty XC championships and then they repeated this performances with second places at The Waikato/Bay of Plenty XC Championships in Hamilton last week.
Nicole and Kyle are pupils at Taupo Nui-a-Tia College, they are also members of Team Taupo Sport Scholarship programme, which is kindly supported by Youthtown, More FM, Taupo Times, they are both sponsored by Asics sport shoes  and members of the High performance programme at Nui College.
Hi everyone, Nicole once again had great success over the weekend taking out the overall woman's race in the Super Sprint  Triathlon (age group category) in the 6th race of the contact tri series held in Takapuna last Sunday. The 500m Swim, 16 bike and 4.2 run was achieved in a time of 52.47 mins in the only draft legal race for age group competitors in the series.
Nicole, first out of the water had to slow down her first lap of the 10 lap bike course, to enable stronger cyclists to catch her, so she could take the opportunity to work with them in this racing format. Entering transition behind one other cyclist she had a fast change over to exit back in first place and finish almost 2 minutes clear. As an indication of where she is at, her time splits compare well with those in the elite U19 race held on an identical course later that day. She is now considering moving up to the elite category next season.   She also enjoyed cheering on a number of other Taupo athletes taking part. Thanks to all supporters and sponsors.