Nelson Leader : January 29th 2015
34 THE NELSON LEADER, JANUARY 29, 2015 SPORT Football-crazy island gets geared up F By PHILLIP ROLLO ootball players in Vanuatu are set to receive a container full of balls and strips thanks to a generous donation by Nelson Suburbs. The football club is linking up with Nelson woman Belinda Roselli, who has close ties with the villages in Vanuatu through her business Lav Kokonas, to donate close to 100 footballs and enough strips to kit out eight teams. Roselli’s business imports and sells coconut oil and she has continued to support the rural communities in Vanuatu for the past four years. She said the residents of Van- uatu are passionate about football and will be extremely thankful for Nelson Suburbs’ donation. ‘‘At about 5 o’clock the men have finished the harvesting in the garden and the whole village would turn out and play football. Some of them, who may have been to New Zealand to do fruit work, might have had boots but the rest of them were running around in barefeet,’’ she said. ‘‘The analogy to me is that they will be like a kid in a candy shop. Particularly for the remote areas, they’ll run around but there’s nothing that looked remotely like a team strip.’’ ‘‘These are people who don’t have electricity, most of them would have a concrete floor in their house but they wouldn’t have an iron roof or sanitation. It’s a developing nation but they’re crazy, crazy about football.’’ Nelson Suburbs administrator Sandy Hamson said the club had recently spent three days cleaning out their equipment shed and was pleased the balls and strips would be going to good use. ‘‘We’re regularly updating our equipment and it’s nice to know there’s somewhere it can go.’’ In 2013, Vanuatu youth players Jason Thomas and Jacqui Ruben played for both Nayland College and Nelson Suburbs and director of football Neil Connell said the club has always had a strong relationship with the island nations. ‘‘We’ve always had a good link and we’d like to continue to support them,’’ he said. As well as football equipment Roselli is also hoping to donate bras, towels and sheets to residents in Vanuatu and she’s encouraging members of the public to support the cause. Kitted out: Nelson Suburbs administrator Sandy Hamson, director of football Neil Connell and Belinda Roselli of Lav Kokonas with some of the football gear that is being sent to Vanuatu. Photo: PHILLIP ROLLO Skatepark event attracts crowds By HELEN MURDOCH The popular six-round Tasman Skakepark Tour finished its summer journey around the district in Richmond on Saturday with three talented class winners taking away either a new bike, scooter or board. High flyer:Tom Bassett-Eason in action during the Tasman Skate Park Tour finale held at Richmond Skate Park. Photos: VIRGINIA WOOLF Organiser and Tasman District Council recreation and partnership officer Paul McConachie said the annual tour, now in its seventh year, was a popular attraction for competitors and crowds alike – many of who turned up to see the fantastic tricks and stunts being pulled at their own local skateparks. ‘‘It’s created a nice little com- munity and is helping make the sport more mainstream.’’ Paul said Saturday competitions regularly drew crowds of 250 to 300 people, while mid-week events usually saw around 150 people gather at the rural skateparks. ‘‘The community turns out to see what these kids are up to at their skateparks.’’ He said around 40 competitors – about 80 per cent – went to each of the six events around the district. Their numbers were bolstered by local riders and holidaymakers. This year Takaka’s Reggie McDonald won the skate category, Tapawera’s Kelsyn MacDonald the scooter category and Takaka’s Tom Bassett-Eason the bike section. Paul said their prizes were donated by sponsors Cheap Skates and Village Cycles. ‘‘And we had a lot of prize packs and spot prizes that we gave out to competitors and the crowd.’’ The tour is also supported by the Canterbury Community Trust. Results: Reggie McDonald, Takaka, junior skate winner and overall skate category winner, Darcy Stokes, Nelson, senior skate winner, Hunter Wilson, Christchurch, senior skate winner. Nikita Turu, junior scooter win- ner, Kelsyn MacDonald, Tapawera, senior scooter and overall scooter category winner, Tyler Hickmott, Richmond, open scooter. Taine Wastney, Brightwater, junior BMX winner, Tom BassettEason, Takaka, open BMX winner and overall BMX category winner, Tyler Knox, Motueka, open BMX winner. Fly the flag for your team for only $2.50! Pick up your offi cial ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Flag (normally $5.99) when you buy the Nelson Mail, Sunday Star-Times or Sunday News from BP Connect or BP 2go. Participating stores only while stocks last. Promotion runs from 26 January – 22 February 2015. Flag RRP $5.99 without purchase of newspaper.
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