Civic wel­come for Toko­roa Black Ferns

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - DANIEL HUTCHIN­SON

Toko­roa will wel­come back its two World Cup win­ning women at an of­fi­cial ‘Black Out’-themed com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion next week.

Rugby World Cup win­ning Black Ferns Toka Natua and Chelsea Al­ley both hail from Toko­roa and will be wel­comed back with a public cel­e­bra­tion on Satur­day, Septem­ber 9 at 2pm at the Toko­roa Memo­rial Sports­ground.

Deputy Mayor Jeff Gash said when it came to breed­ing rugby greats, it was not just the All Black boys that come out of the South Waikato.

‘‘We have more than our fair share of Black Fern girls too.’’

‘‘We’re hop­ing to get more of the Black Ferns team to join in too… watch this space.’’

When Toka popped into the coun­cil on Thurs­day she was greeted with ap­plause from cus­tomer service staff.

‘‘My pas­sion is to build this com­mu­nity. My drive is to in­spire oth­ers. Toko­roa is where my heart is, and all my dreams were ac­com­plished while still liv­ing here,’’ Natua said.

Team mate Chelsea Al­ley win­ning the World Cup was a dream come true and the best day of her life.

‘‘Toko­roa is the best! I love com­ing from such a sup­port­ive, proud com­mu­nity.’’

The Septem­ber 9 cel­e­bra­tion is an open in­vi­ta­tion to the com­mu­nity to pop along to the Toko­roa Memo­rial Sports­ground to cel­e­brate the Black Ferns’ win.

ALLBLACKS.COM/DAVE LINTOTT

Toko­roa’s Chelsea Al­ley.

DAVID ROGERS

Toka Natua makes a break in the game against Canada.

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