Paint to splatter in battle with US
Te Rauparaha Arena will echo to the popping of paintball pellets this weekend as the national indoor championships take place.
Seventeen paintball teams, including an invited American professional team, will contest the event.
Entry is free and spectators can come any time on Saturday and Sunday to see the fastpaced, ‘‘aggressive, adrenalinfuelled action’’, said organiser Rob Blitz, who runs the Paintball Adventure Challenge in Elsdon.
‘‘The pro team from the US are going to be hard to beat, but they could have an off day. I’d like to think at least one of the Wellington teams will be very competitive.’’
The tournament involves four teams from the Wellington region.
On the day before the tournament the New Zealand players will get the benefit of a coaching clinic from the Americans.
A paintball match involves a team of five trying to first capture a flag from the centre of the arena, then get it to their opponents’ base. Inflatable barricades are dotted around to give players some cover, but the helter- skelter nature means there were often not many ‘‘survivors’’, Blitz said.
There would be nets and a cage to protect the gymnasium from getting too splattered.
‘‘It’s a great sport and if people come for a look, I’m sure they’ll love it,’’ he said.