Waikirikiri Sport re­ceives re­gional level af­fil­i­a­tion

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - METHVEN A&P SHOW - MATTHEW SAL­MONS

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.’’

Lyn­dal Mar­shall

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.

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