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National floorball team set for qualifiers

The New Zealand Men’s Floorball team will head to Thailand next month.

Everything happens in an instant, it’s literally blink and you will miss it.

By Nikki Papatsoumas

The New Zealand Men’s Floorball team is currently building up to the Floorball World Championship Qualifiers in Thailand next month. Floorball, which originated in Sweden, is a type of indoor hockey played with a light weight stick and a light plastic ball.

In New Zealand floorball is currently going through exponential growth – there are now more than 900 active players in the Wellington region. This year will be the second time New Zealand has entered a team into the World Floorball Championships, following on from a previous qualifying tournament held in Wellington in January 2014.

Next month’s qualifiers will take place in Pattaya, Thailand, between February 2 and 6. Among the New Zealand Men’s Floorball team training to compete in next month’s qualifiers are Oliver Scott and Tom Kibblewhite. The 17-year-olds are also in New Zealand Men’s Under 19 Team.

Wellingtonians take away medals Wellingtonians were among those to take away medals at the recent World Hapkido Festival. Wellington Hapkido Academy had three of its members travel to Busan, South Korea as part of the New Zealand team, to participate in the Korean Hapkido World Festival and Championships in October 2015. Hapkido is an eclectic Korean martial art which involves self defense and in some cases, the use of weapons. The New Zealand team of ten was led by Hapkido New Zealand’s ranking practicing dan, Master Callum Forbes, with exponents from the Wellington, Dunedin, Manawatu and Upper Hutt academies. Together they spent ten days training and exchanging techniques with an international range of martial artists culminating in participating in the Championships. From Wellington Mark Conchie won Gold and Dave Ollivier won Bronze, both in the adult heavyweight sparring division. Two formal displays also took place at Busan. The first was a cultural exchange with local Hapkido schools and police officials with Master Forbes

Oliver, who plays keeper, said the team has been training heavily in preparation for the qualifiers in two weeks. He said he fell in love with the high speed of the sport. “It is fast paced; you have to be able to move quick because the ball moves fast.” Tom, who plays defence, agreed, adding “everything happens in an instant, it’s liter-

ally blink and you will miss it.” “It is good fun, even just on a social level.” Both boys said the sport continued to grow - when they started there were eight social teams playing the sport and there were now 60. They said they had been putting in extra training ahead of their trip, where they hoped to make their country proud.

Sportsinbrief Rugby fever Wellingtonian’s have geared up for the Seven Days of Sevens Festival at Civic Square. Seven days of sun and fun has hit Wellington with food trucks, touch tournaments, live music and photo booths. Get down to the Waterfront and to Wellington’s Rugby Sevens headquarters in Civic

Square to join in the final days of celebrations. On January 28 festival goers can get active with free push play games or if a kiwiana festival takes your fancy, you can head to Civic Square to experience the rugby fever atmosphere where there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Upcoming Softball In the under 17/ under 19 girl’s grade of Capital softball, the twelfth round will see the Saints play Te Aroha at Fraser 1 on January 29 at 6.15. At the same time, Miramar will play

Wellingtonians were among those to take away medals at the recent Hapkido festival.

signing a cultural exchange document with the Busan Regional Hapkido committee. The second was at the opening of the World Championships in front of senior Korean Martial Artists and political figures including the South Korean Prime Minister. The New Zealand team trip ended in Seoul and included visits to several Korean historical sites. The next world Championships will be mid 2017 where a larger team will attend. The Wellington Hapkido Acad-

emy is commencing junior classes for children aged seven to 12 on Saturday February 13. Junior Hapkido introduces young people to the martial arts and aims at developing good self-defence skills together with self-confidence, physical fitness, self-discipline and respect for others. For more information on the Wellington Hapkido Club head to www.martialartswellington. org.nz/

against Pare Plim under 19 at Polo 1. In Under 19 men’s the cardinals will face off against Miramar at Fraser 3 on January 28 with a starting time of 6.15pm.

CricHQ team up with Cricket Wellington Cricket Wellington and CricHQ have announced a new commercial partnership. CricHQ, cricket’s leading Live Scoring and competition management system, have joined Cricket Wellington as the naming rights sponsor for all age group rep teams including the Provincial A’s, U19’s and U17’s. They will also be the naming rights spon-

sor for all Zone tournaments. CricHQ have also become the naming rights sponsor for Cricket Wellington’s brand new “CricHQ T/20 Knockout Cup”. In sponsoring the tournament CricHQ has provided substantial prize money to the winners and runners-up in the tournament as well as a prize to the tournament’s most valuable player.

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