14 Tuesday June 13 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES News Huge Golden Oldies festival In just under a year, Canterbury will host the largest sporting event it has ever seen – but this one is more about having fun than winning. Bridget Rutherford reports THEY ENJOY social sport and a good after-match function. And next year, more than 10,000 Golden Oldies will come to Canterbury in the largest sporting event the city has ever seen. The aim? Fun, friendship and fraternity. The Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration will run throughout April at different locations in the city. But this event, organised by sport event management, tour and travel company Vintage Sport and Leisure, will be different to any others in Golden Oldies’ history. Vintage Sport and Leisure chief executive Peter McDermott said it was designed especially for the city following the September 4, 2010, and February 22, 2011, earthquakes. “[Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority] asked if we could do something that would be a bit different and encouraging for people to learn that Christchurch, despite its problems, was well and truly regenerating.” Normally, Golden Oldies’ tournaments for each sport are held in different international cities every two years. But come April, the event will combine 10 different sports. Lawn bowls, golf, squash, football and basketball are new, while the traditional rugby, cricket, netball, hockey and softball will feature as well. “We’ve never done 10 sports in one place. This is designed specially for Christchurch,” Mr HAVING FUN: Christchurch’s Jacqui Francis, Jude Tuuta, Debbie Elstob, Paula Goodman and Rose Cavanagh went to Hobart last year to compete in Golden Oldies netball. McDermott said. “We anticipate about 10,000 participants, of which probably 75 per cent to 80 per cent will come from overseas or outside of Christchurch.” Hagley Park will be the event hub, with rugby, cricket, football and netball played there. Nunweek Park, Cowles Stadium, Mizuno Ballpark and Papanui Bowling Club will host the other codes, with golf being played across Harewood, Christchurch, Pegasus and Terrace Downs golf clubs. The squash venue will be finalised soon. Mr McDermott said although Golden Oldies was open to anyone over 35, the bulk of participants were between 45-65. Most participants were from New Zealand and Australia. But competitors from Japan, Russia, the United States, Canada, England and Ireland will make the journey as well. The oldest rugby player who had taken part was 87, while at last year’s Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival in Cardiff there were 10 players aged over 80. It’s not just the sport they come for. “They’re a very social group,” Mr McDermott said. “They enjoy their sport and to mix and mingle and meet other people.” The event is expected to bring $33 million of direct economic benefit to Canterbury. “Based on our past history, they are big spenders on entertainment, food and beverage, and retail.” Canterbury Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend said the city now had the infrastructure to accommodate an event of this magnitude. “It will have a very positive economic impact,” he said. “We’re going to have a massive influx of people who will be able to see first-hand what stage we are at recreating our city, and how good it’s all starting to look, and they will go away and tell their friends and family what is on offer here. That will be a huge stimulus for the city.” City councillor Tim Scandrett said those attending were generally big spenders and it was great to be able to showcase postquake Christchurch. “It’s really important to show that we are back up and running.” For some participants, Golden Oldies isn’t their first taste of international competition. Previously, it has attracted ex-internationals such as Brumbies coach and former Wallaby Stephen Larkham, former All Black prop Greg Somerville and West Indies cricketing legend Joel Garner. But Mr McDermott said that didn’t intimidate other competitors. In fact, it was quite the opposite. “They love it.” At one event, Larkham played 10min for every team and 10min against so everyone got to play with and against him, Mr Mc- Dermott said. It was too early to say whether there would be any familiar faces playing next year. But Mr McDermott said Garner was likely to attend, although he was not expected to take to the pitch. Although most of the games were social, there were still heated rivalries. “There are rivalries, some teams come back frequently. The Australian and Kiwis have a good, friendly rivalry, but they like to have the bragging rights.” And sometimes, there is an opportunity to win a world record. At Cardiff’s Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival, participants broke the Guinness World Record for the largest scrum. Welsh referee Nigel Owens officiated the scrum, which was made up of 1300 people. “We’re looking for ideas to do something similar in Christchurch,” Mr McDermott said. He said it would “probably” be the first and last time the Golden Oldies’ event will be held in this format, because it was difficult to find a city that could host every code. 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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday June 13 2017 15 SCHOOLS GOOD DEED: Darfield High School year 8 pupils have set up a garden project to help child poverty organisation KidsCan. Darfield students dig deep to help KidsCan A FORGOTTEN corner at the back of Darfield High School has been transformed into a fruit and vegetable garden. Rubbish and tree stumps have been cleared as part of a new gardening project run by year 8 pupils to raise money for KidsCan. The pupils are planning to run a community market day at the school at the end of the year when the produce is fully grown to donate to the organisation. More than 150 students are taking part in the project. After writing to numerous organisations throughout the area, the school has received a bumper crop of donations including timber, strawberry plants, raspberries and tyres to use as planters for the garden. Year 8 pupil Sophie Dance said the they chose KidsCan to fundraise for after watching a “shocking” documentary about child poverty in New Zealand. “We hope to raise money so these children will have food and clothes,” she said. Lincoln University professor of ecology Steve Wratten visited the school to talk to the pupils about companion planting, pollinators and gave the pupils seeds to plant. The school also had a visit from Mark Davis, of contracting company Sicon who removed the tree stumps to make way for the project. Other organisations to donate to the project includes Mitre 10, King Seeds, Egmont Seeds, West Melton Plant Nursery, Southern Woods Plant Nursery, Beaurepaires, The Warehouse, parents and residents in the community. •Story sourced from the Darfield High School Dispatch newsletter Whiskas Pouches 12 Pack (excludes Simply and Oh So) $ 7 49 pk Pams Fresh Express Satsuma Mandarins 1kg Prepack Product of New Zealand $ 3 99 Purina Tux 2.5-2.8kg $ 9 99 ea pk Red Grapes Loose Product of Australia $ 4 99 kg Fresh NZ Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets $ 12 99 kg HIGH ACHIEVER: Clearview Primary School pupil Liam Dunn with his father Graeme at the Christchurch Half Marathon. Liam took part in the event finishing with a time of 1hr 56min. Tegel Frozen Chicken Portions 1.5-2kg $ 10 99 ea Arnott’s Tim Tam or Mint Slice 165-200g $ 2 99 ea NEW! Selaks Reserve 750ml Heineken 12 Pack 250ml Cans $ $ 18 99 12 99 ea pk GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband www.foursquare.co.nz facebook.com/FourSquareNZ 0800 726 724 www.scorch.co.nz Specials available South Island only from Monday 12th June until Sunday 18th June 2017 or while stocks last. Wine and beer available at stores with an off licence. Wine and beer purchases restricted to persons aged 18 years old and over.