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Thursday January 21, 2016


Golf club celebrates 100 years By Nikki Papatsoumas

Past and present members of Mornington Golf Club will gather over the weekend to help celebrate the facility’s’ 100th birthday. The club is located on the Berhampore Golf Course, which last November also celebrated its 100th year anniversary. Like the golf course, the Mornington Golf Club is rich in history. Doctor Robert A Cameron, who helped establish the golf course, was also the first captain of the Golf Club which opened its doors in 1916. Current club president, Vincent Burke, said a weekend of festivities was planned for the milestone event. Celebrations would kick off on Friday evening with a mix and mingle night which will be attended by Rongotai MP Annette King, Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade Brown and local councillors. New Zealand Golf is also presenting the club with a 100 year commemorative plaque. On Saturday, a memorial golf tournament and a centennial golf tournament will take place, followed by a formal dinner for members past and present.

There will also be a ceremonial tee off with the club’s youngest member and oldest member. The weekend would wrap up with a family fun day on Sunday. Four years ago the Mornington Golf Club was faced with the prospect of having to close its doors, due to dwindling membership numbers and falling revenue. Vincent said he was proud to see how far the club had come. “We needed a bit of a shakeup, it was good for us… we worked out what our strengths were and what our weaknesses were and focused on that.” Among the clubs strengths was its cultural diversity, Vincent said. “We were always culturally mixed. We were the only club with a significant amount of Maori and Pasifika members in the region. We have a special unique membership. It is a real strength and an asset.” He said the premises had also evolved into much more than a golf club – offering tai chi, playgroups, bowls, bocce and numerous youth programmes. “We want to be able to use the facilities to support local clubs and groups. “It is a real pleasure to be able to do that.”

Mornington Golf Club president Vincent Burke and vice president Ray Tuffin have planned the facility’s centennial celebrations for this weekend.

About Mornington Golf Club

-Men’s club, the Wellington Municipal Golf Club, was established in January 1916. In 1919 the men’s club was renamed the Mornington Golf Club. -Founder, Dr Robert A Cameron was the elected the first captain and president of the Mornington Golf Club. (Source:

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First half triathlon in 25 years By James Baker

Wellington will hold its first half triathlon in 25 years this Sunday. This weekend over 400 athletes are expected to participate in the Wellington Half, which is being held in celebration of the Scorching Triathlon’s 100th race. The Scorching Triathlon is held nine times a year in Miramar and involves a 1000m swim, a 45km cycle and a 10.5km run along the waterfront. Despite the name, the ‘half’ triathlon is actually double this distance. This year will be the first time since 1992 Wellington has held a race of this size. Race director Daryl Bloomfield said demand for the event has been huge

“When we opened entries last July, the ‘half’ was 50 per cent full within a week.” Special access to land on the Miramar Peninsula has been given for the event, he said. “We wanted to create an event which was memorable and unique. This course will showcase the coast, hills, and some hidden areas of Wellington.” Berhampore residentAnthea Morrison is an experienced runner. She says she has been doing the Scorching Triathlon for four years as she loves the environment. “It's a really good atmosphere. It's really nice, friendly and encouraging,” Anthea says. Anthea says she has done a half triathlon before but is excited about the prospect of the run

The annual “Capital Classic” meet will take place on Friday, January 22 at Newtown Stadium from 4.30pm. The meet will include 16 track events, including the 3000m Senior New Zealand Champs. As well as this New Zealand reps, Nick Willis, Phoebe Edwards and new Pole Vault sensation Eliza McCathney will all be participating on the day.

Lyall Bay claims Central Region Champs title coming to her home city. “I've done that distance quite a bit before but it's just really special to be able to do that distance in Wellington.” The event is special to her for another reason. “It’ll be my 34th birthday on the day.” What does she say for those who are thinking of joining? “You see triathletes from all abilities it’s not just for the super speedy serious people there's a really encouraging environment for people who are doing their first race.”  Beginner options are also available for the race with the shortest involving a 100m swim, a 6km cycle and a 1.2km run. The race will begin at 7am this Sunday at Scorching Bay Beach.

Over 250 athletes from 16 Surf Life Saving Clubs took part in the 2016 Central Region Championships at Waimarama Beach on Saturday. Lyall Bay finished top of the club points table to take the title from last year’s winners, Paekakariki. Lyall Bay finished with a massive 126 points, well clear of East End in second place with 86 points. Fitzroy claimed third with a total of 47 points. Event Manager Jacob Davies said this year’s event was one of the best in years. “The event has been growing steadily over the last three years and this year didn’t disappoint. There was a great turnout with some fantastic racing from our juniors through to seniors. It was also the perfect opportunity for our local athletes to test themselves ahead of the national champs in March.”

Wellington Cup Carnival More than 15,000 racegoers are expected to attend Wallaceville Estate Wellington Cup Day this Saturday, and with Melbourne Cup winning Jockey Michelle Payne on course it’s expected to be one of the biggest summer sporting events the city has ever seen. Experience the sights and sounds of Trentham at its best including the Fashion in the Field, or with your friends in the Lawn (beside the track), or just enjoy being part of a great crowd and adding to the magic that is Wallaceville Estate Wellington Cup Day. For more information, head to

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