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Cooper forced out by Christchurch fire

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/02/2017

Commonwealth Games mountainbike champion Anton Cooper has two reasons to hope the Port Hills fire doesn't inflict further damage.

The Christchurch-based rider was one of the thousands forced to evacuate their houses.

His is situated in the suburb of Westmorland.

Cooper is also concerned about the future of the newly-built Christchurch Adventure Park.

The venue features a host of mountainbike trails and was hailed by Cooper upon its completion last year.

"The fight to save the park and facilities is still ongoing, my fingers are crossed!" Cooper wrote on Facebook.

The 22-year-old has moved in with his Christchurch parents and will remain based there ahead of next week's national and Oceania championships in Wanaka.

The former junior world champion managed to salvage his bikes and riding equipment before evacuating on Wednesday night.

"Feeling big time for all those who have lost their homes and the family of the helicopter pilot (David Steven Askin) who lost his life fighting the blaze," Cooper wrote.

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