Festival to showcase sporting organisations

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Now in its fourth year, Wanaka’s Festival of Sport and Recreation is showing no signs of slowing down.

The festival at the Wanaka Recreation Centre this weekend will showcase a range of sporting clubs and organisations on offer throughout the community.

Working party member Bronwyn Coers said there would be about 30 display booths, and demonstrations would be held every half hour.

Hands-on activities, such as hockey, tug of war, a colour run and even speed eating competitions, would also happening throughout the day.

The festival was designed to be family-friendly, with a bouncy castle and treasure hunt, but the day also offered a chance for the adults in the community to find out about sport and recreation clubs, she said.

“It’s really just a one-stop shop.

‘We’ve got the bridge club, which is really quite sedentary, right through to the pop-up squash court.”

As well as being a great place to find out information, the expo was also a chance for people to have a go at different sports, she said.

Wanaka was continuing to grow, and the festival was a chance for new residents to connect with clubs and groups in town. The town’s growth also meant there was a variety of new sporting clubs appearing, she said.

People were also recognising the important role exercise played in keeping communities healthy, she said.

“The first couple of years were all about information sharing .. but now that the community has grown so much I think that everybody is aware how important sport and recreation is for the health of our community.

“Not just physical health, but mental health.”

The festival will be held from 9am to 1pm this Saturday at the Wanaka Recreation Centre. Entry is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact festivalofsportandrec@gmail.com.