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"Sunny" Spain Agreed With Rod Dixon

Sunny Spain didn't prove that way weatherwise for Nelson runner Rod Dixon. But Rod didn't need fine weather to shine. A member of the New Zealand crosscountry team at the world championships, he was 10th in the world event, and that despite the course being a quagmire.

The finish was relatively dry and here Dixon made up several places. What would he have done if the entire course was dry?

Prior to the world championships he was second in the Belgian championship to fellow Kiwi Gavin Thorley. Combine Dixon's overseas efforts with his excellent track and harrier performances and they form a powerful claim for Nelson Sportsman Of The Year.


Hiding under that sombrero is smiling Rod Dixon, it was hard to drag him away from that shining sword too


Nope, Rod's not in Spain. He adds a Spanish flavour to cacti plants outside his home in Tahunanui


Mr and Mrs Roy Dixon wondered where they could stow all Rod's souvenirs


An official reception was held for the successful young runner. Deputy Mayor Betty Eyre and Nelson MP Stan Whitehead were at the city council to welcome Rod and his mother