Bas­ket­ball hero vis­its Cromwell


Cromwell’s bud­ding bas­ket­ballers won’t be ques­tion­ing ref-calls dur­ing an up­com­ing fi­nals game with Dil­lon Boucher on the end of the whis­tle.

The re­tired New Zealand Breaker is the guest speaker of a vol­un­teer­ing-fo­cused event on Fri­day— The One Com­mu­nity Project. While in town, he will also ref­eree a bas­ket­ball fi­nals game be­tween Cromwell Pri­mary School and Gold­fields, as well as Col­lege House Teams.

Or­gan­iser Sharon Smid said she hoped Boucher would in­spire young peo­ple to con­nect to their com­mu­nity through vol­un­teer­ing.

‘‘The One Com­mu­nity Project is based on the New Zealand Break­ers One Team phi­los­o­phy – that as cit­i­zens of our com­mu­nity we can all make valu­able con­tri­bu­tions.’’

Boucher, com­mer­cial sales man­ager for the New Zealand Break­ers, has won nine New Zealand ti­tles, four Aus­tralian NBL cham­pi­onships – one with Bris­bane – and was ear­lier this year made a Mem­ber of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Smid said she was ‘‘thrilled’’ her idea of bring­ing Boucher to Cromwell had be­come a re­al­ity.

The One Com­mu­nity Project was sup­ported by; Cromwell Re­source Cen­tre, Vol­un­teer­ing Cen­tral, Cen­tral Lakes Trust, Cromwell Lions Club and Con­tact En­ergy, she said.

He’s the man: Break­ers’ Dil­lon Boucher runs out to the court.

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