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5 Minutes with Emma Cumming

Emma Cumming is this week’s star in the hot seat! She is a member of the NZ Track Cycling team which is based here in Cambridge. She is a regular visitor at the Avantidrome, and we love having her around! She was the 2016 Team Sprint Junior World Champion and most recently won a Sliver and Bronze Medal and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Unfortunately, Emma is dealing with an ongoing hip injury but with the amount of time and effort we see her put into her training, rehab exercises and everything in-between we have no doubt she’ll return as a force to be reckoned with!

1. What does a typical day in the life of Emma look like?

I wake up and have four Weet-Bix with a sprinkle of brown sugar. Then I’m off to the Avantidrome for my first session of the day which is normally in the gym. Then home for lunch and “try” to do some study. Then I head back to the Avantidrome to see my physio or do a track session. (Sometimes if I’m really lucky I’ll plan my day so badly that I’ll have to go back to the Avantidrome at least three times!) Then back home for some well-earned Kai.

2. What is your favourite sporting moment (could be a moment from your career or something you watched, etc)?

I don’t know if favourite is the right word for this moment, but when the girls won Gold in the Team Sprint at the Cambridge World Cup. It made me realise how much I wanted it, how much I wanted to get better and be back on my bike, and how much what I had been through was worth it! It gave me a sense of drive I’ve never felt before to be amongst my teammates and be part of the team contributing to their success on and off the bike.

3. Do you have a favourite pre-comp song or get psyched mix?

When I was racing as a Junior, I’d listen to the World’s Greatest by R-Kelly, but it’s been so long I don’t think I even have a warmup playlist anymore.

4. What is your go-to meal?

Pesto Pasta!

5. What is your fitness challenge for the readers?

For me riding my bike can be enough of a challenge with the way my hip is. It’s not much of a challenge but I want to remind you to appreciate riding your bike!

5 Minutes with Ben Langton Burnell

This week’s 5 Minutes with is on NZ Javelin Thrower, Ben Langton Burnell. He is a 2018 Commonwealth Games Finalist and also represented NZ on the international stage at the 2017 World Championships. Alongside this, he is a two time World University games finalist and has a current personal best of 82.44 metres.

When he’s not training hard alongside @tori_peeters60 he dabbles in photography – we think he’s pretty good! Check out his photography page on Instagram @benlangtonburnell_photography

1. What does a typical day in the life of Ben look like?

I wake up, have some cereal, and write in my diary with what I want to get out of the day, then after that usually have my first session of the day. During the middle of the day, I will do some work/potentially a photoshoot and then do my second session after that. I like to chill out with mates and the family I live with usually in the evening after dinner.

2. What is your favourite sporting moment (could be a moment from your career or something you watched, etc)?

Stepping out into a stadium packed with 70,000 people for the first time was my favourite moment (London World champs 2017)

3. Do you have a favourite pre-comp song or get psyched mix?

Would have to be Pony by Ginuwine

4. What is your go-to meal?

I love a good lamb roast!!!

5. What is your fitness challenge for the readers?

Try to handstand walk 20m!

5 Minutes with Jayden Fleming

Jayden grew up in Auckland and later moved to Cambridge to pursue his BMX dream. He spent 12 years racing BMX, competed at a World Championship level and raced his first World Cup at just 16 years old!

After having to go through a knee reconstruction surgery he used track cycling as a form of rehab. Like most of us, he was bitten by the bug and is now a member of the Waikato Performance Hub as a track sprinter. No doubt he has an exciting future ahead!

In his spare time, he also makes his own bike parts which are pretty epic! Check them out: Fleming Components

1. What does a typical day in the life of Jayden look like?

A typical day for me would be waking up to the stereotypical “Radar” iPhone alarm and dragging myself out of bed to the coffee machine, heading to work 7-3 as an Apprentice CNC Machinist, then heading to the Avantidrome to train in the afternoon/evenings with the rest of the Waikato Hub Sprint crew, then heading home to make dinner, have a few laughs with my flat mates and head to bed!

2. What is your favourite sporting moment (could be a moment from your career or something you watched, etc)?

I think my favourite sporting moment would be watching Team New Zealand win the America’s Cup in 2017! Not just for the fact our small country won such a big competition, but as I grew an interest in engineering/manufacturing through machining and making bike parts of my own, I developed an interest and appreciation for the development/innovation and the whole process behind creating an America’s Cup winning boat within New Zealand!

3. Do you have a favourite pre-comp song or get psyched mix?

Air Tight – Nature Of A Beast , Paloma – We Are Wolves and Woman – Wolfmother. Have been my three go too’s for years now!

4. What is your go-to meal?

My mum’s Carbonara we ate 9/10 times the night before a race day!

5. What is your fitness challenge for the readers?

Seated kilo efforts on 125+ inch gearing!

5 Minutes with Ryan Sissons

This week we interviewed local star Ryan Sissons. Famously known for being the father of King Pedro (his dog) Ryan has quite the resume from his 12 years in Triathlon.

He’s already been to two Olympics and most recently won the Mooloolaba World Cup. In 2019 he placed 3rd in the Pioneer Mountain Bike Race which proved beneficial as he also stormed his way to victory in his first XTERRA race in Wellington earlier this year. Check out what he had to say.

 

1. What does a typical day in the life of Ryan look like?

Wake up and go to swimming. Will come home and have breakfast and then head out for a run or a ride. After that, lunch and most likely a nap! Then another ride/run. After that i’ll walk my dog, Pedro (best part of the day). Then have dinner and chill out watching TV before bed.

2. What is your favourite sporting moment (could be a moment from your career or something you watched, etc)?

The 2004 Olympics where Hamish Carter and Bevan Docherty went 1,2.

3. Do you have a favourite pre-comp song or get psyched mix?

Avicii – Levels

4. What is your go-to meal?

PASTA!!

5. What is your fitness challenge for the readers?

Go out for a 200km Ride!

5 Minutes with Devon Briggs

This week’s 5 minutes with focuses on Para Cyclist and Cambridge High School Student Devon Briggs. Devon is a 16-year-old cycling enthusiast who trains and races at the Avantidrome.

In the near future, Devon aims to compete at the 2022 Para World Championships and also has his sights set on the 2024 Paralympic games in Paris. His favourite race event is the 4000m individual pursuit and also the elimination race on the track.

Post High School while pursuing his cycling goals Devon hopes to complete a Business and Accounting Degree at University.

1. What does a typical day in the life of Devon look like?

A typical day for me consists of school, study and riding on the track and road.

2. What is your favourite sporting moment (could be a moment from your career or something you watched, etc)?

Getting to race Paralympians on both the track and on the road, one of my favourite moments is getting to race in a time trial around Hampton downs with the NZ para squad during the Parafed activ8 event. One of my best moments was getting to compete in the International C1 event where I came second in the 4000m individual pursuit by 1.6 seconds behind Byron Raubenheimer.

3. Do you have a favourite pre-comp song or get psyched mix?

Listening to Led Zeppelin

4. What is your go-to meal?

Chilli con carne

5. What is your fitness challenge for the readers?

To ride up Maungakawa 3 times back-to-back

5 Minutes with Tori Peeters

This week’s star in the hot seat is New Zealand’s best female Javelin thrower, Tori Peeters. As a multi-talented individual, she also has a Bachelor of Physical Education in Exercise Science & Professional Studies and Diploma in Raynor Massage!

We are lucky enough to have athletes like Tori train at the Avantidrome on a daily basis. It makes it even better when we see the countless hours they put in pay off. This is defiantly the case for Tori who has had an incredible 2020 season. She’s currently placed 2nd in the 2020 season WORLD rankings! She won silver at the Melbourne Track Classic, Gold at the Canberra Track Classic and Gold at the Sydney Track Classic which is a Bronze Level Meet. Along the way she set multiple Personal Bests and New Zealand Records. Not to mention she also won a National Title at the NZ Track and Field Champs and now holds the meet record.

We sat down (or rather emailed) with Tori and asked her our five questions.

1. What does a typical day in the life of Tori look like?

A typical day starts at 7am. I wake myself up with a cold shower, before tucking into some brekkie and “Tori Time”. Then I jump in swifty and drive to Cambridge for training at 9am. When training is all finished, I whip over the road to St Peter’s School to work, which starts at 11:30am. I’m there until about 3pm, then back to Avantidrome for physio/massage treatment or another training session (depends what day it is). I am usually walking in the door back at my flat in Hamilton around 5:30pm. I usually try whip dinner up relatively early so that i can be in be by 8:30pm. Ready to go again the next day.

2. What is your favourite sporting moment (could be a moment from your career or something you watched, etc)?

Watching my friend, and fellow competitor, Kelsey-Lee Barber, win the 2019 World Champs. She was sitting 4th in the competition with 1 round to go. On her last throw, she threw 66.56m, to take 1st place and claim the Gold Medal. It was so inspirational to watch.

3. Do you have a favourite pre-comp song or get psyched mix?

I don’t really have a particular song, but I have a playlist with a mixture of songs that are up-beat. They usually put me in a positive headspace.

4. What is your go-to meal?

A hearty salad, with some well seasoned meat, some roasted kumara and beetroot, then a good handful of the usual colourful salad condiments.

5. What is your fitness challenge for the readers?

Stand up on a Swissball without holding onto anything for help.