Waikirikiri Sport receives regional level affiliation
Waikirikiri Sport is now an affiliated member of the Canterbury Hockey Association (CHA) after a unanimous vote at the AGM on Wednesday night, giving the club a cemented future.
Waikirikiri club president Lyndal Marshall said the club had been working towards affiliation from their early days in late 2015.
‘‘We’re so excited about what’s happening going forward. There’s been a lot of people that have helped us along the way and that needs to be acknowledged.’’
Marshall said the affiliation gave older players the opportunity to enter into competition games as well as the younger players.
‘‘Over time we’ll enter all senior grades. Being affiliated enables us to enter them in a staged process over a number of years.’’
During their first season last year, the club was able to enter teams in junior levels and performed well. They took out championship titles in both the boys and girls grades in the Year 7/8 group and two other division first placings in the girls Year 5/6 divisions.
This year, Marshall said, they would also enter teams into the under 18 grade, mid-week adult competition and Kwik Sticks.
Being affiliated gave club members ‘‘a sense of belonging’’ in the Canterbury hockey community, Marshall said.
‘‘It’s just such a good opportunity.’’
The club formed in 2015 to meet the growth of population and popularity of hockey in the Selwyn district post quakes, becoming an incorporated society on November 3, 2016.
Previously, many dedicated ‘‘hockey families’’ regularly commuted into the city to play and no club could form in Rolleston without somewhere to play.
Marshall said the Selwyn District Council’s work in opening the half court in Foster Park, by
‘‘We're so excited about what's happening going forward.’’
Rolleston College, had allowed the club to form as part of the CHA’s growth project.
She said the club recruited from a wide swathe of the Selwyn district and people could register or find out more information about the club on the website or Facebook page.
The club was holding trials and open days over the coming weekends — Saturday March 10 and Sunday March 18 — to let people come down, ask questions or register.
Canterbury Hockey Association board chair Mark Beatson, Waikirikiri Sport president Lyndal Marshall and secretary Olivia Kennedy.