South Waikato’s big week­end of sport

South Waikato News - - Out & About - LUKE KIRKEBY

The South Waikato is a su­per sporty place which makes the an­nual South Waikato Supersports a su­per pop­u­lar event.

This year’s event, from Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 24 un­til Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 26, is ex­pected to be as pop­u­lar as ever with sports rang­ing from tar­get golf, archery and bowls to balls sports, saw­ing, and moun­tain bik­ing.

Or­gan­iser Larry Sul­li­van said en­tries are al­ready com­ing in fast so he ad­vised peo­ple to get in quick if they wanted to take part.

‘‘It is a great week­end and one of the things that al­ways stands out to me and what keeps peo­ple com­ing back is the ca­ma­raderie of the group,’’ he said.

‘‘At the end of Sun­day they are just one big tight, tight fam­ily, it is re­ally re­ally cool.’’

Sul­li­van said the event, which in­cor­po­rates 20 sport­ing dis­ci­plines, is open to any­one over the age of 16 and com­peti­tors com­pete in teams of two.

‘‘His­tor­i­cally it has been a real fam­ily event and of­ten part­ners, fa­thers and sons, moth­ers and daugh­ters, cousins and un­cles team up to­gether,’’ he said.

‘‘There are all sorts of com­bi­na­tions and com­peti­tors can en­ter the male, fe­male, mixed, or the vet­eran di­vi­sion.’’

He said usu­ally around 50 teams take part but they could stretch to 60 if they needed to.

‘‘It is a bit of a lo­gis­tic ex­er­cise to even or­gan­iser try­ing to get 100 peo­ple through all those events but we al­ways seem to make it work and there is a large num­ber of vol­un­teers who help,’’ he said.

Sul­li­van said the aim of the event is to raise money for lo­cal ath­letes who are mak­ing their mark na­tion­ally.

‘‘The guts be­hind it is that it is a fundraiser and the South Waikato Supersports Trust grants money to those who make na­tional teams to help them on their way,’’ he said.

‘‘If you make the New Zealand Bad­minton Team for ex­am­ple you would get your se­lec­tion along with an in­voice for travel, a track­suit and ac­com­mo­da­tion so we help that.’’

‘‘Cy­clist Jim Mcmur­ray and eques­trian Sarah Young are two who have ben­e­fited from it in the past so it is a purely lo­cal fundraiser for lo­cal peo­ple and there is a real need for it,’’ he said.

En­try is $180 and forms are avail­able from Mor­ris­sey’s, Toko­roa Hunt­ing and Fishing, South Waikato Cy­cles, and on­line at un­til Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 17.

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