Busi­ness chal­lenge for Zielkes

From kitchens to sports

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS - By Sean Fox

IF any­one knows the ins and outs of run­ning a busi­ness, it’s Gavin and Belinda Zielke.

Af­ter 27 years at Kawana Kitchens, they have be­come the new own­ers of In­door Sports Arena in North Rock­hamp­ton.

Mr Zielke said the cou­ple had the man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence for their new role and were ready for the chal­lenge.

“Belinda and I have been work­ing to­gether for the last 11 years in an­other busi­ness that I man­aged,” he said.

The op­por­tu­nity for change came when for­mer owner Trent Clarke de­cided to move to the Gold Coast.

The Zielkes al­ready had a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the cen­tre.

“I’ve had a back­ground of play­ing at the In­door Sports Arena, so has Belinda over many years,” Mr Zielke said.

The move was dis­cussed by the en­tire Zielke house­hold.

“It def­i­nitely was a fam­ily de­ci­sion,” Mr Zielke said.

“It was an op­por­tu­nity for our fam­ily to be able to work to­gether.

“We have two 17-year-old twin girls and they’re go­ing to study, and they can work for us and learn about busi­ness.”

The Zielke fam­ily aims to main­tain the ser­vice of the pre­vi­ous own­ers.

“Belinda and I def­i­nitely want to put our foot­print on ISA Rock­hamp­ton,” Mr Zielke said.

The tran­si­tion has been sup­ported by staff and play­ers at the cen­tre.

“We just want to make sure that we can pro­vide a re­ally nice en­vi­ron­ment for peo­ple to come and play sport, for fit­ness, health, have some fun,” Mr Zielke said.

“We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to spend­ing some time with the Rock­hamp­ton peo­ple.”

The pop­u­lar Hollingsworth St venue hosts mul­ti­ple sport com­pe­ti­tions such as in­door net­ball, beach vol­ley­ball, in­door soc­cer and in­door cricket.

❝ It was an op­por­tu­nity for our fam­ily to be able to work to­gether

— Gavin Zielke


PASS­ING THE BA­TON: Trent and Kat Clarke with new ISA Rocky own­ers Belinda and Gavin Zielke.


DIG THIS: Jor­dan Mowen hits the sand dur­ing the Queens­land Beach Vol­ley­ball cham­pi­onships at Rock­hamp­ton’s In­door Sports Arena in 2013.

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