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Selwyn Times: May 09, 2017

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8 Tuesday May 9 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Our People SELWYN TIMES Lyndal Marshall Driving force behind Waikirikiri Sport Lyndal Marshall, 44, of Rolleston, is behind the new Waikirikiri Sport club which aims to make hockey more accessible to Selwyn residents. She spoke to Georgia O’Connor-Harding INNOVATIVE: Lyndal Marshall is the driving force behind Waikirikiri Sport, a club which aims to promote hockey in Selwyn. What made you decide to set up Waikirikiri Sport? It was a combination of things that all came together at the same time. Canterbury Hockey had a hockey growth project to look at the numbers of people in the area playing hockey. Hockey New Zealand introduced a new New Zealand Post Small Sticks strategy for its junior programme. And that meant all junior games were six-aside games so they could be played on half the turf. And then the district council was developing Foster Park and the half turf facility had room there. So a combination of all those three things came together and there was demand from people in the Selwyn district looking for a place to play hockey. Up until now, people had to join clubs in the city How strong did you think hockey was in Selwyn before the club was set up? There was a demand for it. The club gives people the opportunity to play. Prior to Waikirikiri being formed, it is only really the parents who have played themselves or families that have made that effort to go into the city to train. So now, with having a facility in Rolleston, it becomes an opportunity for more families to fit in that training time locally. You have a good team of people running the club? We have had an amazing group. From the outset, I asked people what were their interests and passions. We have asked people to get involved in the area they are interested in. So they have a positive experience on the committee and running the club and, therefore, we can expect participants and parents to have a positive experience with the club because all the committee are happy doing jobs that they like. We have found people that like database work, we have found people that like health and safety work. Is the club fully established yet? Last Saturday, our kids started playing, so we were officially established from then. We have registered 13 six-aside teams, which will start playing on Saturday. We have got enough players to field those teams, but we have more room for a couple more kids in different age groups to fill the squads. You must have put in a fair amount of planning to get this club set up. When did you first get the idea? Nine months we have been working on this. Most of us on the original committee have carried on, which is great. The interesting thing is, the people involved in getting the club set up haven’t necessarily got children playing hockey. They are just passionate and their efforts are helping other families not necessarily their own. We firmly believe the success for the club is through coaching so we are putting a huge emphasis on coach development to ensure the players have a good experience. RETROFIT DOUBLE GLAZING RETROFIT DOUBLE GLAZING Benefits for your home: Decreased energy consumption for a more sustainable, cost effective home Noise reduction for a quieter home RETROFIT DOUBLE GLAZING Decreased energy consumption for a more sustainable, cost effective home Reduced condensation for a drier, healthier home Increased heat retention for a warmer home in winter Benefits for your home: Increased heat retention for a warmer home in winter Reduced solar heat gain for a cooler home in summer $ Increased resale value for your home Breakage resistant (laminated & toughened glass) for a safer, more secure home Reduced solar heat gain for a cooler home in summer Noise reduction for a quieter home Contact us now for your free measure $ and Increased Contact us now for your free resale quote value for your home Ph: Dan 021 925 211 measure or Nick 027 654 and 0083 quote dans@scretroglazing.co.nz PO Box 20-398, Bishopdale Saturday and Sunday Breakfast from 8am Sports played live on our big screens • Gaming Room Lounge • 7 Days $7 beer/wine 4pm-6pm • Sun/Mon/Tues $10 desserts • Mon/Tues 13” Woodfired Pizzas $20 each • Tues Quiz Night • Wed Burger and Beer • Thurs $10 Cocktails • Thurs/Fri Curry and Beer Nights • Roast meal every lunchtime and Sun night • Open 7 days lunch/dinner West Melton Village, Weedons Ross Road Ph 03 421 6481

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday May 9 2017 9 bringing turf hockey to the masses You have several plans for the club? We were given permission to be a junior club for hockey. We are looking at building to a fully affiliated club with senior teams. We have got some people involved that will be key in the senior club. We have a memorandum of understanding with Lincoln University to help us. Hockey is such a big part of your life, when did you start out? My parents played hockey. My mother was president of the Horowhenua women’s hockey association back in the day. My sister played hockey and I started playing when I was 11 and I played right through to when I had my children at the age of 30. Then I came out of retirement and played more recently before retiring again. Are you missing the game? You would like to be out there playing but it is that time to commit to the family and the club. And I kept injuring myself. What has been your biggest achievement as a hockey player? I was awarded Hockey Manawatu senior women’s player of the year in 1996 and went to Holland to represent New Zealand at the International Masters Hockey Association World Cup in 2014. We didn’t do as well as we had hoped but it was an amazing experience. We loved Holland – it is the home of hockey. They are super passionate about hockey, so at the same time while we were over there, the hockey World Cup was on. The highlight of that was we went to watch the Black Sticks play. There were about 15,000 people watching this game of CHALLENGE: Lyndal Marshall representing New Zealand at the masters hockey World Cup. hockey. What other sports have you played? Soccer when I was younger. I also played tennis and did swimming, but hockey was my Saturday sport. What do you think of Canterbury hockey as a whole? Canterbury hockey is a really well-organised sport. The club structure goes right down to year 1 (five-year-old children). You can go right through to being a top Canterbury premier league player. There is a good pathway, but you can also join at different levels. The representative teams perform really well nationwide. It is a strong province. Is there a young hockey player we should be keeping an eye on? For us, 70 per cent of our players are new to hockey so that is an unknown quantity to us. We are hoping to create some passionate hockey people. But at this stage of the club, we are involved in getting people participating and performing well. Did you ever look up to anyone when you were growing up? No not really. I just got out there and got involved and enjoyed it. What do you like doing in your spare time? I have a family with a husband and three kids. My husband also coaches my son’s rugby team and I am coaching one of my daughter’s hockey teams. We both help out with touch rugby in the summer. So it is just keeping the kids active and taking the boat down to the lake. Are your children interested in hockey? My two girls play hockey and my son plays rugby, but he is pretty good at hockey so hopefully he will play in our social group. Waikirikiri has got social competitions running for kids on Monday nights so, if they are already playing sport, they can give hockey a go. It gives them an opportunity to play without impacting their primary sport. •Waikirikiri Sport, based at Foster Park, is looking for more players aged between five and 13 years-old. For more information, visit www. waikirikirisport.club/home/ OSTEOHEALTH NZ Prevention is the only cure YOU DON’T DESERVE A BREAK! 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