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Selwyn Times: April 04, 2018

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8 Wednesday April 4 2018 Latest Christchurch news at Golden Oldies SELWYN TIMES Lincoln Lizards feature in big More than 6000 people are expected to attend the Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 2018 which started on Sunday. History suggests they like to have a good time in and out of the sporting arena. Bridget Rutherford looks at what is happening, who will be here and when What is it? The Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 2018 will run throughout the month with the motto fun, friendship and fraternity. Organised by sport event management, tour and travel company, Vintage Sport and Leisure, the celebration was designed especially for Christchurch after the September 4, 2010, and February 22, 2011, earthquakes to help the city regenerate. The different tournaments include rugby, cricket, netball, hockey, softball, lawn bowls, golf, squash, football and basketball. Each will run at different times throughout the month. South Hagley Park will be the event hub, with rugby, cricket, football and netball played there, while other codes will be played in venues across the city. The opening ceremonies for the first three sports – cricket, netball and basketball – took place on Sunday, and the action kicked off on Monday. Who will be here? More than 6000 participants, supporters and volunteers will come to Christchurch for the month-long event from across New Zealand and Australia, and from as far as Japan, Russia, Zimbabwe, Argentina, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada. While Golden Oldies is open to anyone over 35, the bulk of participants are normally between 45-65. For some, Golden Oldies won’t be their first taste of international competition. Former Wallaby and current Wallaby attack coach Stephen Larkham will be on hand to play for any team that asks, South African cricket legends Barry Richards and Mike Procter will play in the golf tournament, while former Canterbury rugby hard man Alex ‘Grizz’ Wyllie will turn his hand to lawn bowls, alongside two-time world champion and ambassador Gary Lawson. Former Crusaders coach Robbie Deans will dust of his pads and play for The Willows cricket team next month and SWAPPING CODES: Former South African cricketer Barry Richards will compete in the golf, as well as being a cricket ambassador. former All Whites defender Ben Sigmund will play in the football tournament. And New Zealand cricket great John Wright will even make an appearance, but not with a cricket bat. He will perform at the rugby and cricket dinners with band The Sou’Westers. But the big names don’t intimidate the other competitors. 50% discount off your first booking. We hope to take Total Mobility vouchers in the future, BUT will still give you the same discount so you don’t miss out! YOUR LIFT, HERE WHEN YOU NEED US. Do you or a loved one need extra help getting out and about, or a friendly face to give you a hand? Lift Companion Driving offers a safe, reliable, friendly driving and companion service, which provides much more than a simple taxi ride. We offer a wonderful option for: • The Elderly • Anyone who prefers to have a companion • Tourists who want a local and personal service • Those who can’t drive themselves • People with disabilities • Children needing safe transportation Our pricing is very competitive. Contact us to discuss your requirements on 027 7755 671 or email CELEBRATING 2 YEARS of our Christchurch branch FREE Quotation FREE Installation FREE Aluminium Track for Christchurch customers PROFESSIONAL CUSTOM MADE CURTAINS 25 Picton Avenue Riccarton, Christchurch P 349 4888 E style noun elegance and sophistication. synonyms: flair, grace, poise, polish, suaveness, urbanity, chic, finesse, taste, class, comfort, luxury, affluence, wealth, opulence, lavishness. MAGAZINE STYLE.KIWI Recognising success in our community For more information visit Nominations open 9 April 2018! Who in Selwyn deserves to be recognised for their outstanding achievements? The gala awards evening, held at the Lincoln Event Centre Saturday 4 August, celebrates success in: Arts, Culture & Heritage Community Service Environmental Innovation Excellence Large Business Small Business Sport Tourism Young Achievers For the first time, you also get to have your say and vote for your favourite nominee for the People’s Choice Award. SPONSORED BY

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday April 4 2018 9 Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Christchurch sporting event KEY DATES: •Cricket – April 1-8 •Basketball – April 1-8 •Netball – April 1-8 •Golf – April 8-14 •Softball – April 8-14 •Hockey – April 15-22 •Football – April 15-22 •Squash – April 15-22 •Rugby – April 22-29 •Lawn Bowls – April 22-29 As team names such as the Saracens Saggy Sacks, Lincoln Lizards, The Gentlemen of Nowra Eleven, Karaka Stallions, The Tequila Shots and the Shore Ravers suggest, they like to have a laugh. Many of the competitors met each other at Golden Oldies tournaments 20 years ago, and look forward to catching up again. Saracens Saggy Sacks captain Steve Murray reckons it’s about scoring a few tries and sharing a pint or two afterwards. “Most of the players have done our dash with competitive sports in our younger years and now it’s time to focus on the fun and the friendships you form along the way.” Other ambassadors on the sidelines will include Sir Graham FUN: North Canterbury’s Saracens Saggy Sacks are looking forward to taking part in the Golden Oldies rugby tournament. (Right) – Canadian couple Sandy and Tony Bateman are volunteering and playing cricket this week in Christchurch. Henry, Sir Bob Charles, Rod Latham, Julie Seymour, Alan Stroud, Todd Blackadder, among others. What will the event bring to the city? It’s not all about the sport. History suggests Golden Oldies like to have a good time out of the sporting arena – and they’re big spenders. Many like to go to bars and eateries, go shopping and sightseeing, and they will need accommodation. It is expected to bring $33 million of direct economic benefit to Canterbury. ChristchurchNZ attraction general manager Linda Falwasser said anytime thousands of international visitors come and stay a minimum of seven nights, it contributes significantly to the local and regional economy. “Christchurch is open and ready to welcome visitors and I’m sure the local business community will agree that we have so many amazing sights, services and experiences to share with our visitors.” The event is expected to be one of the largest Christchurch has ever hosted. Where did the Golden Oldies originate? The Golden Oldies movement began in 1979 with rugby. It was set up to keep older people playing sport and enjoying the social aspect of it. From there, more codes were added, but rugby remains the most popular with more than 120 teams registered for next month’s event. Normally, Golden Oldies’ tournaments for each sport are held in different international cities every two years – so Christchurch is the first, and possibly last city to hold all 10 sports in the same month. •Turn to page 10 welcome to the famous grouse hotel The Famous grouse hotel - serving locals since 1868 this week’s specials monday • house @ 7.30pm • all you can eat ribs * tuesday • kids eat 1/2 price all day • club night from 4pm Wednesday • open mic night from 8pm thursday • thirsty thursday from 4pm • steak night $15 friday • spin the wheel from 8pm saturday • live music sunday • $13 roast all day proud to be a major sponsor of the lincoln rugby club new menu coming soon Come and watch all the super rugby action on the big screen 2 Gerald Street, Lincoln | Ph: 03 325 2408 open from 7am every day Lincoln University Childcare & Preschool