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The Central Otago Sports Tur f Trust, led by chairman Mike Paardekooper,
was responsible for the overhaul of the 20-year-old tur f – a four-year project
involving fundraising, design of the new turf and its accompanying amenities
building and finally its construction.
“I’m pretty proud of what we’ve achieved and what we’ve managed to build
for both the hockey community and the wider Central Otago community. The
tournaments we have at the turf attract hundreds of people to Cromwell.”
With Cromwell located in the centre of the region, Mike says it was the ideal
place for the hockey turf, making it accessible for players from Queenstown
and Wanaka through to the Maniototo and the Teviot Valley.
“We were lucky that the Central Otago Sports Turf Trust had the drive to do
it and we had massive support from the Cromwell community board, other
funders and local businesses to get the money for the project.”
Mike says the original sand-based turf was built in 1996 and was expected to
have a lifespan of 12 years – but, due to careful management and maintenance
it lasted for 20 years.
“We always knew we would have to eventually replace it and we wanted to
do that with a water-based turf. What we have now is the same turf which was
used at the 2016 Olympics.”
Mike says the amenities building, which includes changing rooms, an office,
a meeting room and a viewing area was a priority, because previously players
were forced to change in the car park and use the toilet amenities at the
neighbouring swimming pool.
The new turf has a lifespan of 15 years, and with the number of people playing
hockey on the increase, the trust is confident the turf will continue to be
supported in years to come by both the local community and for national and
international hockey fixtures.
By Emma Maddox
Two years after the completion of the
Central Otago Sports Turf’s $1.7m upgrade,
the Cromwell facility is firmly established
as an international amenity, evidenced by
the recent women’s tri-series featuring 2018
Commonwealth Games champions the
NZ Black Sticks and Australia and Japan.
Cromwell’s hockey turf is living up
to its reputation of being a world-
class facility after a successful
international women’s tri nations
tournament which drew thousands
of visitors to Cromwell.
The inaugural tournament in May involved
New Zealand, Australia and Japan playing top
level hockey over nine days with players and
coaches singing the praises of the facility.
NZ Black Sticks captain Ella Gunson says the
turf was excellent, particularly for a new turf.
“Often they’re quite bouncy, but this one was
great to play on.”
She says it was the first time the team had
been to Cromwell and they felt honoured to
have been part of the tournament.
NZ Black Sticks coach Sean Dancer says the
team loved travelling to the regions and they
would love to return to Cromwell in the future.
Central Otago District mayor Tim Cadogan
says the tournament was significant for the
area with huge international exposure of
Cromwell and the wider region.
Spotlight on International
Hockey is on the up in Central Otago
and the new international standard turf
is being credited for some of the surge
in the sport’s popularity.
Central Otago SportsTurf Trust committee member
Viv Buchanan believes the new turf and its
accompanying amenities building is attracting
new players to the sport.
“People see this nice, new facility and want
to be involved.”
There are 900 registered players aged from
four-years-old through to adults from all over the
Central Otago district – an increase of almost 200
players since the turf was upgraded in 2016.
Viv says the local hockey clubs work hard to attract
and encourage youngsters and adults into the
sport by offering them opportunities to give hockey
a go in fun and social ways.This includes running
a summer league in Cromwell where families are
encouraged to make up a team.
Fourteen teams took part in this year’s summer
league, made up of parents, their children and
many newcomers to the sport.
“It was fantastic, we had such a good mix of
people playing. And everyone had the same
mentality – to have fun,” she says.
Viv, who is a member of the Cromwell Hockey
Club, also provides coaching in Cromwell’s
primary schools as part of a Hockey New Zealand
programme which offers each class four coaching
sessions every year for four years.
She says the programme is invaluable in introducing
the sport to youngsters and teaching them basic
skills. Over a four-year period, there is a huge
improvement in their skill level – “and it gives them
the confidence to give the sport a go at club level”.
The recent NZ Black Sticks women’s hockey gold
medal success at the 2018 Commonwealth Games
is expected to encourage even more people into
By Emma Maddox
Grace O’Hanlon NZ Black Sticks
Anita McLaren NZ Black Sticks
NZ Black Sticks v Japan
Photographs: Shannon Thomson
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