More marchers wanted



If you know your left foot from your right, and can recognise a beat, then The Gate Leisure Marching Team wants you.

Now down to six members, the marchers need at least 10 to form a team, and they would be delighted if they had more than that.

Sandra Shaw and Dawn Buchanan, of Cromwell, who, along with Kathleen Dundass, are three of the inaugural team members, first put their feet forward in formation 10 years ago.

The team was formed by Barbara Ross.

The 10th anniversary was celebrated with a gathering of seven teams from around the region at the new hockey complex in Cromwell on October 7.

“We don’t have to worry about lumps and bumps from the rugby players, and it will be great to use the new facility,” Mrs Buchanan said before the event.

She said Mrs Ross was honoured with the teams’ salute.

Leisure marching is non-competitive and there are no medals, trophies or placings, although the teams work hard to present the best displays.

“We do it as we have a lot of fun and we are in it for the camaraderie.”

Mrs Shaw said the sport’s theme was “fun, fitness and friendship”.

Practices are held for a couple of hours a week, and at the moment the team is choreographing a new display march.

They are keen to encourage more members.

“We had had two or three move away and one of our girls had a slight accident, so now we are down to six,” Mrs Buchanan said.

“As long as they know their left and right and can march at the same time, to the same beat, we want them.”

“We need more people to keep the team going.”

Leisure marchers are over 35, and the Cromwell team’s age ranges from 51 to 79.

The team travels to combined team gatherings and in March this year was in Porirua with another 80 teams to celebrate the sport’s national event and its 25th jubilee.

They are hoping to raise money to attend the nationals in Dunedin next year.

The Gate recently sponsored the team’s new travel and marching uniforms, as well as bags.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support and to Barbara Ross for getting it up and running, as well as our sponsors who have helped over the years,” Mrs Shaw Running shoes brandnike fashion