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Local referee heads to Japan By Nikki Papatsoumas

A rising star in the Wellington referee community will spend eight days in Japan next month. Strathmore local Daniel Mangin has been selected to take part in the Japan annual interchange. Each year one referee from the Wellington Referee Association heads to Japan, where they spend time with the Japanese East Referees Association. Daniel says two referees from Japan came to New Zealand in May and he will head over to Japan for eight days at the end of October. Daniel referees premier games in the Wellington area for the association and also trains with a premier team at Poneke Rugby Club in Kilbirnie. He says he fell into refereeing in 2004, after one too many concussions ended his career as a rugby player. “It kept me involved in the game,” he says. Since starting over a decade ago,

Daniel has continued to climb the ladder. He was recently recognised as the most promising level 1 referee at the Wellington Referee Association prize giving ceremony. “I was stoked, a lot of hard work goes into it and it was definitely a surprise.” Always humble, Daniel says he is stoked for the exposure and recognition the exchange will bring. “It will be great to experience a different culture which will make me a better person as well. “It’s an honour and it was unexpected. People [I know] have done it in the past and hearing their stories, it was something I always wanted to do.” Meanwhile there is no slowing down in sight for Daniel. He says he wants to keep perfecting his craft, eventually hoping to referee test matches and national squad games. “You’ve got to aim for the highest honour you can get.”

Local referee Daniel Mangin will head to Japan next month. PHOTO CREDIT: Refereeworx

Kids have a ‘wheel-y’ good time The wet weather last week took a break just in time for St Bernards students to enjoy their wheels day - and it was all for a good cause. Students from the small school in Brooklyn were allowed to bring in their bikes or scooters and dress in their favourite fancy dress last Friday to raise money for Wellington Childrens’ Hospital. All children donated a gold coin. School principal Joan Woods said senior students organised the event and chose to raise money for the hospital because a fellow student has been spending time there. She said kids jumped at the opportunity to swap out their school uniforms for bright and colourful costumes. “The kids have been really excited to help support the cause. We try to encourage them to do different social justice things in the community.” Top left: DRESSED UP: Mercy, 10, Marianna, 9 and Carlos 9, rolled around on bikes and scooters last Friday. Bottom left: SCOOTING AROUND: Children from St Bernard’s School at last week’s wheels day. Right: BIG SMILES: Greta, 7, Lucy, 7, Beatrice, 5 and Alexei, 9 all took turns pushing each other around on an old cart.

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From 10am to midday every Monday the ASB Sport Centre in Kilbirnie hosts a ‘Have a Go’ session. The aim of the session is to get people from different communities

active and connected, through weekly multi-sports and activities.  For more information phone 830 0550.

Rangimarie Tennis Club The Rangimarie Tennis club is looking for new members. The club meets every Sunday between 2pm and 5pm, at the Astroturf courts at Martin Luckie Park in Lavaud St, Berhampore. Subs are only $60

a year and members can also purchase a key to the court gates to get in some extra practice.  For more information call Geoff on 383 4946.

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