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Upper Hutt Leader : October 19th 2011
55 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 19, 2011 SPORT Sunday 6th November 2011 Petone foreshore Starts Hikoikoi Park between 9.00am and 11.00am Entry Fee: Gold Coin Donation will be shared equally with Te Omanga, Mary Potter and Te Kowhai Hospices Gear: Walking shoes, Hat, Sun Screen and Water Participants can further nominate at start of fun walk a School, Community Organisation, or Charitable Organisation to go into a Lucky Prize Draw for $1500, $1000 & $500.00 which has been donated by Freemasons of Wellington. Live Life Lighter -- Excercise, Eating and Education! CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION: DUANE WILLIAMS (04) 386-2025 0210512020 Freemasons 'Live Life lighter' Fun Walk 4115008AA 4123213AA Upper Hutt Rugby Football Club's 2011 AGM The 92nd Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers for 2012 is to be held Thursday 17th November 7.30pm at Maidstone Park Clubrooms. All Officers, Coaches/Managers, Financial Members & Life Members welcome. Apologies to: firstname.lastname@example.org orPOBox40159 Bootlace effort: A UK Kiwi player, front, gets up close and personal with a Wellington All Stars opponent in Saturday's final of the Upper Hutt Ethnic Community Football Tournament at Harcourt Park. The final was won 2-1 by the All Stars, who will now go on to represent the Wellington region in a 10-team national ethnic community event in late November. There was plenty of local input in the finals combinations with the victorious All Stars featuring two Upper Hutt City premier players in Andy Le Prou and Wayne Rooker while the UK Kiwi team had several Harcourt Park- based players in their number. In the plate final Vatican City proved comfortable winners in beating Sudan 5-1 as the now well-established event, which this year featured 16 teams, came to completion. Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins and Upper Hutt mayor Wayne Guppy attended the post-match awards and celebrations. Organiser Tayo Agunlejika thanked his primary sponsors, the Rimutaka Licensing Truss and the Lion Foundation. Photo: PETER McCDONALD Olga finally calls it a day By COLIN WILLIAMS The game's the thing: Olga Conner's decades of service to badminton, especially with Upper Hutt junior players, has come to a happy end. Photo: COLIN WILLIAMS Olga Conner, a legend in local badmin- ton and one of the city's most selfless sports volunteers, has retired. After 48 years Olga has bowed out of her many organising responsibilities, including decades of coaching, with Upper Hutt Junior Badminton. She knows it's time to go. She has had to give up coaching in recent seasons and she is buoyed by the com- mitment of several parents at the club that the show will go on from the beginning of the 2012 season. A few years ago Olga set herself up to leave but with no-one prepared to take over, she carried on, fearful for the future of a club she loves dearly. The senior club folded three years ago. It fell over because no-one would take it on and that was a shame because it was a good club,'' the 83-year-old reflects. Today the junior club is in good heart, catering for about 40 regular under-18 players at its Heretaunga College base. I started when the club started,'' she says of the juniors, but Olga's association with badminton and other sports stretches even beyond those many years ago. A former Wellington junior netball rep Olga has also been involved as an organising official with that sport, table tennis, athletics and tennis. She is a life member (and former vice- president, secretary and club captain) of Upper Hutt Tennis from where her beloved badminton club emerged. I started helping when the club started. It was formed from Upper Hutt Tennis which I had been with since 1953.'' She moved to the burgeoning township soon after her marriage. In the late 1950s Upper Hutt supported three badminton clubs and Olga found herself more and more involved at all levels. She has been a player, coach, represen- tative team manager, treasurer, chairwoman and more for the junior and senior Upper Hutt club and for the Hutt Valley Badminton Association, of all of which she is a life member. Olga ran junior and senior champs in the Hutt Valley for more than 40 years and she was the Kiwi Sport badminton co-ordinator, coaching in Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Wainuiomata schools. She received a New Zealand Bad- minton Service Award, for 30 years of devotion to the game in the Hutt Val- ley, in 1992. And she has kept on keeping on since then, almost another 20 years . . .till now. Olga's recent final night with the juniors saw her presented with flowers and cards including one signed by all the current players. For her it's always been about the junior players and their enjoyment and their development. There's family pride in there too, for Olga. Margaret, one of her two chil- dren, was a New Zealand representa- tive in the sport and two of her seven grandchildren have also achieved the same honour. She is modest about her countless volunteer hours, her life of service. It's what I have enjoyed. I guess I have always been a good organiser. A few times in the last years I've wanted to give it away but I have carried on. Over the years I've had a lot of help from parents. They are always very keen to see their children progress and they like to volunteer and help. I've enjoyed everything about it and now I'm just keeping my fingers crossed for the juniors' future. I've already passed over all the racquets and the nets. I used to take them back and forth,'' she says. I've told the ones about all the ins and outs, running the book on the night and all that. I had fun doing that but, you know, I might have to be there for the first night or two at the start of next season to keep them up to speed,'' she laughs.
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