Rap­tors take out re­gional air­port gong

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The Rap­tors Tag Club rep­re­sen­ta­tives were floored when the club’s name was read out at the Welling­ton Air­port Re­gional Com­mu­nity Awards last week.

The Rap­tors won the sport and leisure award and club sec­re­tary Bar­bara Ed­monds said it took them all by sur­prise.

‘‘There’s no way we ex­pected to win,’’ she said.

‘‘It was hum­bling. We feel su­per priv­i­leged, es­pe­cially when you see th­ese other vol­un­teers and amaz­ing groups also up for the award.

‘‘We didn’t feel wor­thy. I’m nor­mally a pre­pared per­son, but I was shocked. I think my speech was one of the worst I’ve ever de­liv­ered.’’

Ed­monds said the award was a re­sult of the hours the Rap­tors’ vol­un­teers had put into the club.

There were more than 150 mem­bers, backed by ded­i­cated par­ents and lo­cal busi­nesses, that made ev­ery­thing work, she said.

When they be­gan the club, there was no gear and only sec­ond­hand uni­forms. A fledg­ling com­mit­tee was backed by a num­ber of lo­cal busi­nesses.

The Rap­tors won the top prize at the Porirua sec­tion of the awards in June.

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