2014 has certainly started fantastically for the Foundation with so much having already happened. Hope you enjoy seeing what has been going on.
Honda New Zealand Sponsorship
We are so excited to announce our new partnership with Honda New Zealand Limited. On Wednesday 12th February 2014 Murray Selby the General Manager of Honda, presented Sir John Walker with the keys to a brand new Honda Civic.
We are so grateful that Honda is Powering our Dreams and look forward to working with them to further the Foundations work.
Westfield Gift Wrapping Recipient
We would like to thank Westfield Manukau and their customers for the generous donation made to our Community Swim Programme. The wonderful customers of Westfield kindly donated a gold coin to have their Christmas Gifts wrapped and we were the lucky recipient charity for the second year in a row to receive the proceeds. A whopping $10,738 was raised.
Pictured making the cheque presentation are Paul Gardner (Westfield Manukau General Manager) and Monique Matthews (Westfield Manukau Marketing Manager) alongside Sir John Walker and Rick Pickard (General Manager - John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation).
BNZ Partners Golf Day
On Thursday 20th March, our wonderful friends at BNZ Partners hosted a Charity Golf Day at the Whitford Golf Club with the Foundation being the lucky recipient of $19,352. Honda NZ sponsored a Honda Civic Euro for a hole in one prize on one of the Par 3 holes which with one more rotation of the ball one player would have driven away with. A big thanks to BNZ Partners for a fantastically organized fun event
2014 Queen Street Golden Mile
This year’s Queen Street Golden Mile was held in conjunction with the Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon Auckland on Sunday 6th April. The weather gods came to the party and provided the most spectacular blue sky day. Thousands of spectators lined Queen Street and Queens Wharf to see members of the public along with elite athletes take on the challenge of pounding down Auckland’s iconic Queen Street mile.
Hamish Carson (Wellington) pictured took out the men’s elite mile in 4m 5s, with the woman’s elite mile won by Lydia O’Donnell (Auckland) pictured above in a time of 4m 38s. A celebrity race was also contested and was won by Marcus Child a NZ Black Stick hockey player in a time of 5m 7s.
A massive thanks to Honda NZ who supported us with the availability of 2 sign written Honda CRV’s. Big thanks must go to Barfoot & Thompson for allowing us to hold the event along with the World Triathlon and the staff from Lagardere Unlimited Oceania who had the massive task of putting on the entire event.
Fantastic Results from the Throw for Gold Team
Congratulations must go to all the wonderful athletes in the Throw for Gold team who competed at the National Secondary School Athletic Champs in Hamilton back in January. The team achieved the fantastic result of: 5 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze and 4 fourth places. It should be noted that there are only two classes at the Nationals in boys and girls u16 years of age and over 16 and please note all the following will be returning to school next year.
Outstanding personal results came from the team of 14 as follows: Sam Ulufonua - Gold in senior boys discus (58.60m) - the winning throw was the 19th best throw in the world for u18 in 2013 - already on the IAAF website and is a personal best.
Ofa Hakeai - Gold in the Senior Girls Discus - as well as Silver in the Senior Shot - that means we have held the senior Girls title for Discus since the start of Throw for Gold 4 years ago.
Maddison Wesche - Gold in the Junior Girls Shot - 14.59m - New to FYFOD and is only 14 years old - the Distance would have won the "Senior Girls shot" and the distance is only 91cm of the qualifying distance for the "world’s U18" at only 14?
Samson Aruwa - Silver in the Junior Boys Shot - New to FYFOD - a fantastic result considering that he has a damaged ACL from injury from basketball and could only stand throw - and waiting for surgery to be completed later this month also only 14.
Harry Crawford - our disabled athlete - two golds - and setting two u19 open NZ records in Shot and Discus- missing the Rio Olympics para men’s qualifying distance by only 1.5m in shot not bad at 15 years of age.
Big thanks must go to Nigel Edwards the Head Coach and the rest of his fantastic Throw for Gold coaching team.
Inaugural Throw for Gold Athlete heading to the 2014 Commonwealth Games
Siositina (Tina) Hakeai one of the Throw for Gold Programme's inaugural athletes qualified on Saturday 8th February in Hamilton for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games by throwing the discus 59.65m and has officially been named in the team to compete in Glasgow.
Tina left the Throw for Gold program last season as this was her final year at school to be a full time athlete under Athletics New Zealand's High Performance programme. This is exactly what our Throw for Gold programme was set up to do - find and develop the next generation of international sporting athletes. We are so very proud of Tina's achievements.
Our wonderful supporters – funders – business supporters
Akarana Community Trust, All About Promotions, Auckland City Council, Auckland Sports Photography, AUT, AUT Millennium Institute of Sport, Blackwoods Protector, BlueSky Community Trust, BNZ Business Partners, Castle Brown, Countdown, CST Nexia, David Levene Foundation, Deloitte, Endeavour Community Trust, Four Winds Foundation, Honda New Zealand, Infinity Foundation Limited, Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust, Lindenberg & Partners, Nahkle Group, Nautilus Foundation, North & South Trust, NZOC, OBD Ltd, Platform 29, Potter Masonic Trust, Sport NZ, The Lion Foundation,The Printzone, The Trusts Charitable Foundation, Westfield New Zealand, William Buck Christmas Gouwland Ltd, 3Bit