Move­ment on the march

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

Laugh­ter fills the Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Hall as the Leisure Marchers get in to their weekly prac­tice.

For these women, march­ing is about more than just foot move­ments and uni­forms.

It is about mak­ing friends, hav­ing a great time and staying in shape.

Coach Dawn White who has been dancing on and off since she was six said march­ing was great for dis­ci­pline and so­cial­is­ing.

‘‘ It is about fun, friend­ship and fit­ness,’’ she said. ‘‘Ladies get dressed up in their uni­forms and we march – we just have a ball.’’

Marcher Sue Lainy is new to the sport and said she also loved all as­pects of march­ing.

‘‘Apart from the fun side of it that I love, I just fit­ted right in and it feels re­ally good.‘‘

Mata­mata Leisure Marchers now has two teams, the Kaimai Rangers and Kaimai Guards.

The Kaimai Rangers formed in Novem­ber 2010 and the Kaimai

the Guards in April 2011 but group is al­ways on the look­out for more en­thu­si­as­tic marchers. New Zealand has more than 100 leisure march­ing teams for both sexes over 35 years.

‘‘ We only have women at the mo­ment but we al­ways have room if a man wants to join,’’ Mrs White said.

‘‘Leisure march­ing is also about com­mit­ment – you need that to come each time and be a part of the team.’’

The Kaimai Guards train on Mon­day nights and the Kaimai Rangers on Tues­day nights from 5.30 to 6.30pm. Once a month the teams travel to an­other town for Dis­play Day.

‘‘These days are just the ab­so­lute best. Ev­ery team from around the area does a march. They are al­ways themed and we dress up – it re­ally is amaz­ing,’’ she said.

Mrs White said they would love to be able to re­turn the favour but there were no suit­able premises in Mata­mata to hold the day. ‘‘ We re­ally need a hall with plenty of seat­ing and some­where that can hold about 250 marchers overnight,’’ she said.

Marcher Glenice Dando agreed that it would be good to be able to host a day be­cause dis­play days would also bring in great rev­enue for the busi­nesses in town.

The women pay a small fee each week to be a part of the team which helped pay for trips and new uni­forms, and they fundraise reg­u­larly.

If any­one wants to be in­volved in Leisure March­ing go to the Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre on Mon­day or Tues­day night be­tween 5.30 and 6.30pm.

In time: Mata­mata now has two Leisure March­ing teams. The Kaimai Rangers on the left, coach Dawn White, cen­tre, and Kaimai Guards on the right.

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