14 Tuesday October 31 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Your Local Views Sports trust going strong Selwyn Sports Trust executive officer Michael Wilson writes about the growth of the trust over the past five years AT THE beginning of 2013, Selwyn Sports Trust was born on the back of weekly community running group, the Ellesmere Road Runners, and the annual Selwyn Running Festival. Six sports enthusiasts had joined forces to create the trust with the goal of promoting and supporting participation in sport and recreation within the district. The nearly five years on, the trust’s growth has replicated that of the district it is trying to serve. There are now two additional annual events – the Lake Crichton Triathlon and Duathlon Series and the Koru Games. There are also three additional weekly community running groups – Lincoln, Malvern and Rolleston road runners – and four activators engaging with 26 schools and more than 6500 students on a weekly basis. The growth is set to continue. Recently the trust was at the district council to share the story so far and put a longterm funding submission to councillors. EVENTS: Selwyn Sports Trust executive officer Michael Wilson is looking forward to the trust’s final annual event of the year, the Selwyn Running Festival, on Sunday. This was part of the trust’s long-term goal to diversify and solidify some of its funding streams in order to continue the growth of its services and operations. The full-time executive officer and four parttime activators are currently at capacity and to action some of the many new ideas additional capability is required. Up next for the trust is the final annual event of the year – the Selwyn Running Festival – on Sunday. As the founding event for the trust it holds a special place in its calendar. The flat courses in all four race distances – 21.1km, 10km, 5km and 1400m kids dash – allow participants from all backgrounds and of all types to achieve their goals on race day. Based out of Leeston and Southbridge, it really is a fantastic day in the country. On the trust’s horizon is continued growth through involvement in a Bikes in Schools/Bike Skills programme for primary-aged children. There is also continued development of the activator initiative and the possibility of additional events, growth and development of all current events. All of which will feed the ultimate goal of having a wide range of sporting and recreational opportunities within Selwyn to encourage ongoing participation. We said: A debilitating syndrome and shattered ribs couldn’t keep Tony Grimwood, also known as ‘Grimmy’, away from the Prebbleton Rugby Club. He was recognised at the Canterbury Rugby Awards for his service to the club You said: Zelda Yates – You are a true community giant in Prebbleton Grimm! So well deserved. Fred Lang – You’re the reason I ended up playing for Prebbleton. Awesome club. We said: Seriously ill West Melton teen Maddie Collins has bounced back from hospital to win an Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk equestrian event. Well done Maddie You said: SELWYN TIMES DETERMINED: Maddie Collins on her horse Trig. Angela Dennett – This family are the most loving and caring family ever. Maddie is such a talented rider, with a new kidney she could go so much further. Riding is her passion please help and donate. Every little bit helps. Jacque Skinner – Serious superhero. Get that new kidney and we’ll see you riding in the Olympics soon Maddie. Helen Jackson – For the love of a horse . . . well done Maddie. Kim Strange – What an incredible young woman. Clare-Louise Gerbault – Maddie you’re amazing. What a gal. Kia kaha. are you ready for VARICOSE VEIN FREE LEGS? • No Surgery • No time off work Call to book your FREE assessment 0800 256 654 0800 2 lookgood 343 2880 52A Mandeville St, Riccarton www.transformclinic.co.nz Christchurch, Auckland, Dunedin & Queenstown Affiliated provider to Southern Cross Health Society (medical criteria apply) The Best Night in Town • TAB • Pokies • 2x Courtesy Coach • Accommodation • Liquor Shop – Best Prices • Restaurant • 2x Function Areas • Board Room • Live Music Every Saturday • Great Staff & Attitude 3 Market St, Leeston Phone 03 324 4000 | Open 7 days www.crateandbarrel.nz
SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday October 31 2017 15 News Local News Now District council shouts barbecue Fire rages, homes at risk SELWYN residents will get free barbecue food as a way of encouraging neighbours to get to know each other. The mobile barbecue will travel across Selwyn to 18 locations as part of the district council’s annual Meet Your Street programme. As well as a free barbecue, the street gatherings will include music and games for children. District council connecting communities co-ordinator Tyla Harrison-Hunt said the event is a chance for neighbourhoods to get together to catch up with those nearby and make new friends. “These gatherings encourage neighbours to feel part of their local community, and are especially important for residents new to Selwyn to settle in and form new relationships,” he said. The gatherings all take place on Tuesdays between 5.30- 7pm. Invitations will be dropped into mailboxes the week before the gathering. To give more Selwyn residents the chance to meet their street, the district council has funds available for those keen to organise and host their own street gathering. A subsidy of up to $75 is available for each street gathering. Anyone who lives in a neighbourhood in Selwyn can apply for the subsidy, which has increased from the $50 offered last summer. The gathering can be a small group of neighbours or a whole street. It may be held at the local reserve, playground, or in a backyard. The district council is also running a competition to give away a bonus Meet Your Street event to one lucky neighbourhood in Selwyn. The Meet Your Street team will provide staffing, a mobile barbecue, drinks (nonalcoholic) and burgers for up to 50 people. COME TOGETHER: Residents attending a Meet Your Street gathering at Oakley Drive Reserve in Prebbleton. •Applications open tomorrow and close on November 24. The winner will be contacted on November 27. Visit www. selwyn.govt.nz for the full terms and conditions and to enter the draw, or check the Meet Your Street Selwyn Facebook page for event information, photos and wet weather postponement details. Meet Your Street times and dates: •November 7– Markham Way reserve, Rolleston. •November 14 – Reserve between Tawaki and Kea Sts, Burnham. •November 21 – Poulter Road reserve, Lincoln. •November 28 – Campion Pl Reserve, Rolleston. •December 5 – Gainsborough Reserve, West Melton. •December 12 – William St Reserve, Prebbleton. •December 19 – Hartford Cres Reserve, Rolleston. January 9 – Torlesse Cres Reserve, Darfield. •January 16 – Everest Way Reserve, Springston. •January 23 – Lawrence Drive Reserve, Rolleston. •January 30 – Mountain View Pl Reserve, Leeston. •February 13 – Fifetuscan Way Reserve, Lincoln. •February 20 – Matisse Close Reserve, Rolleston. •February 27 – Taiaroa Pl, Southbridge. •March 6 – Edwin Trent Drive, Prebbleton. •March 13 – Rochester Cres pathway, Rolleston. •March 20 – Pemberton Drive, Darfield. •March 27 – Heathridge Pl, Lincoln.