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18/01/2012 9:34:00 a.m.

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There’s no excuse not to lace up, block up, get wet and get active this summer as a whole host of sporty activities has been announced as part of the city council’s Summer City events programme. The Push Play activities that began in late December at various parks around the city are continuing until the end of January, giving locals a chance to try their hands – and feet – at sports including badminton, T-ball and volleyball as well as dance fitness craze Zumba.
The Splash and Dash series is a good way to grab a little after work, mid week exercise and still be home in time for tea. The races, which take place every second Wednesday from January to the end of March, include a sea swim off Freyberg beach and a footpath run along Oriental Parade.
If you can catch, throw, run and jump with a ball in hand, there’s a chance to show off your skills playing beach handball on January 21. The sport, which has been described as “like rugby but faster, like waterpolo without the water, and like beach volleyball but more full on,” will take place on the sand at Oriental Bay with male, female and youth divisions.
In the Wellington Capital Classic you can choose from four distance swims starting at various points around the waterfront including the ‘Ocean Kids’ 200m, ‘Give It A Go’ 300m and the ‘Step It Up’ 1km right up to the new ‘I’m Going Long’ 3.3km course. The new course starts from the boatshed in Frank Kitts Lagoon and finishes in Oriental Bay, taking swimmers out to the lighthouse and back past the fountain on the return to Freyberg Beach. There’s also a waterfront walk for spectators.
• Push Play, assorted city parks, until January 26.
• Splash and Dash, Freyberg Beach and Oriental Parade, January 18 – March 28 (alternate Wednesdays).
• Beach handball, Oriental Bay Beach, January 21.
• Capital Classic Ocean Swim, Frank Kitts Lagoon/Freyberg and Oriental Bay Beaches, January 29.
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