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Thursday July 30, 2015



Spruced-up rooms open By Sam Duff

Members of the Poneke Football Club will hardly know themselves following the opening of their refurbished club rooms last week. A new kitchen has been installed, the women’s changing rooms have been done-up and the club rooms have been reconfigured on the inside at the Kilbirnie Park site. The rooms were officially opened by Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle who is chair of the Community, Sport and Recreation Committee. About three years ago the Poneke Football Club board decided to make changes to ensure

the club would be around for a further 130 years, Paul says. He says the refurbished club rooms are beautiful with an open plan feel. “We can’t have a smelly old rugby club,” Cr Eagle says. “They don’t look like rugby club rooms anymore. “It looks like somebody’s’ lounge; it is very clean and modern.” Cr Eagle says the Poneke club rooms are now more like a community centre which can be used by the wider community and other sporting codes. On August 5 Wellington City Council will hold talks between various sports clubs and local businesses to discuss the future

of sports clubs in Kilbirnie. “We are asking the question ‘what facilities do we need in the future for the whole Kilbirnie precinct?’” Cr Eagle says that the Marist St Pats Rugby Club has been looking to leave their home at Hataitai Park and move to Kilbirnie Park. Various options will be discussed for different clubs to share resources and one idea could be for two rugby clubs to share club rooms, he says.  Should the sports clubs surrounding Kilbirnie stay where they are or should they get together and share facilities? Email and let us know what you think.

REFURBISHED: Toitu Poneke Establishment Group project manager Ross Jamieson, Wellington City Councillors Simon ‘Swampy’ Marsh, Nicola Young and Paul Eagle with Poneke board chair Kevin Jenkins. PHOTO: David Hamilton

SPORTS IN BRIEF Top players Three students from Rongotai College have visited Las Vegas in the United States to represent New Zealand in a basketball tournament . Scott Rae is a member of the U15

New Zealand Boys’ team and headed to Las Vegas in July. Meanwhile, Jaylin To’o is the co-captain of the U13 Boys’ and Ezrah Vaigafa is a member of the U13 Boys’ team.

Strong effort An Island Bay teenager achieved a top ten placing in the high jump at the World Youth Championships in Colombia recently. Heptathlete Phoebe Edwards, 17,

got to 1.73m on the high jump, just short of her best ever jump. Phoebe also took part in the heptahlon in which she came 23rd.

Sailing in Antigua BIG SPLASH: Newtown swimmer Mary Fisher was one of the biggest contributors to New Zealand’s medal haul at the recent IPC Swimming World Championships.

Fisher impresses in Glasgow A local swimmer was one of New Zealand’s strongest performers at the recent International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships in

Glasgow. Newtown resident Mary Fisher picked-up three world titles in record times and brought home two silver medals from the com-

petition. Fisher recently transferred to the Tawa Swimming Club and will be moving to Auckland following the nationals in August.

A local lad joined 162 of the best junior sailors from throughout the world during the recent school holidays. Albert Stanley sailed for New Zealand in the North American Optimist Championships in the Caribbean Island of Antigua.

After just missing out on the silver fleet, Albert won his race and came third on the last day. The Rongotai College student managed to finish fourth overall in the bronze fleet and also led the New Zealand sailors in a haka.

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