League of its own

Central Leader - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABADIA

An ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of sports mem­o­ra­bilia is soon to be open to the pub­lic at Mt Smart Sta­dium.

Sir Peter Leitch moved his sports mu­seum from Ma­nurewa to the sta­dium to make it more eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble.

‘‘I wanted to share it with the pub­lic so I thought why not move it to where sports fans reg­u­larly come?’’ he says.

The mu­seum houses an im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of items Sir Peter has ac­quired from char­ity auc­tions over the years. Sports rep­re­sented in­clude rugby league, cricket, base­ball, foot­ball, net­ball, golf and box­ing.

Lin­ing the walls are framed jer­seys, boots, shorts and caps as well as a mul­ti­tude of pro­fes­sional sports pho­to­graphs, in­clud­ing signed por­traits of such leg­ends as Muham­mad Ali, Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal.

It is hard for Sir Peter to choose a favourite item among the life­time of mem­o­ries which hang on the walls but he counts the New Zealand flag signed by Va­lerie Adams in 2011 among his most prized pieces.

‘‘It’s spe­cial to me be­cause she gave it to me straight af­ter she had won her third world ti­tle. She’s some­one I have so much re­spect for.’’

But ev­ery piece in the mu­seum has mean­ing for him and he an­tic­i­pates it will be even more pop­u­lar in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion than it was in Ma­nurewa.

The mu­seum is in the process of be­ing opened. Once com­pleted, book­ing in­for­ma­tion will be at mts­mart­sta­dium.com.

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