One big shot at rais­ing dough for Tawa Col­lege net­ball trip

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Tawa Col­lege will hold a gala this week­end in or­der for their net­ballers to com­pete in a ‘‘ once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity’’ in Australia.

There will be en­ter­tain­ment and mu­sic, games, food, rides, hun­dreds of sec­ond- hand books, po­lice dog and fire ser­vice demon­stra­tions and a big raf­fle with a 55- inch TV do­nated by Smith City as the main prize.

PE teacher and coach of the col­lege’s A net­ball side Amy Atkinson says the event has taken plenty of or­gan­i­sa­tion, es­pe­cially among a group of stu­dents’ par­ents. This is their ma­jor fundraiser, so ‘‘all of our eggs are in one bas­ket, we’re hop­ing the school com­mu­nity comes out in sup­port.

‘‘ It’s been awe­some how these amaz­ing mums have pulled to­gether for the gala. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for their kids to play net­ball in a mas­sive tour­na­ment over­seas and they’ve just pulled out all the stops. We’re sure this is go­ing to be a great com­mu­nity event for Tawa.’’

The South­ern Skies Tour­na­ment in Bris­bane, in July, at­tracts schools from all over the world to com­pete in rugby, bas­ket­ball, hockey and net­ball. More than 20,000 com­peti­tors are ex­pected for the week-long event.

Ms Atkinson says the 30-strong squad will en­able them to play 12 games over four days.

‘‘ We see this as a huge op­por­tu­nity for the girls, to both play at a high level and rep­re­sent the school, and they don’t have to be se­nior A or B play­ers. It’s open to any­one who wants to at­tend. It’s a huge amount of money they need to go [$60,000 for the squad], but we know it’s go­ing to be a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

Along with the TV up for grabs, $ 500 in West­field vouch­ers and a fam­ily pass on to the In­ter­is­lander can also be won on the day.

The gala runs from 11am to 3pm, March 10, at the school grounds.

Hands up: Likely mem­bers of the Tawa Col­lege net­ball squad trav­el­ling to Australia in July for the South­ern Skies Tour­na­ment will be out in force at the gala on Satur­day.

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