From The Sideline with Ferg

From The Sideline with Ferg 548 543 The Flyer Magazine
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From The Sideline


Quite a few locals heading to Japan for various stages of the Rugby World Cup. One of those is former Queenstown Lakes District Councillor Merv Aoake. You could call Merv one of the early pioneers of New Zealand rugby players who headed to Japan to play the code in the mid-eighties. He played for a Japanese company and that led to a coaching role in latter years. Merv will rendevous with Craig and Yuriko McLachlan from Queenstown as the Japan Tennis Open is on at the same time. Their son Ben will be defending his doubles title after losing in the quarter finals of the US Open with his UK doubles partner Luke Bambridge. They were beaten in straight sets by the number one seeds and eventual winners Farah and Cabal from Colombia.

Air NZ Queenstown International Marathon looming in November and encouraging to see the local participation and fundraising efforts for various charities. Well known entertainer Marc Hamilton running the 10k to raise money for mental health. He lost his best mate, who took his own life, and will complete the run in memory of him. If you want to donate to Marc’s cause just go to mental and type in Marc Hamilton on the fundraising page. A large group of Wakatipu rugby players are running the half marathon. They are calling it the ‘Noodle Bag Half Marathon’. They will be running in their finest, tightest and bluest speedo’s in aid of prostate cancer. You can support them by checking out the ‘Noodle Half Marathon’ on the Givealittle page

The America’s Cup is slowly starting to rear its head. Boats launched and the critical testing well underway. One thing for sure is these boats are going to fly! If you thought they were fast in Bermuda, well another level will be obtained in the Hauraki Gulf. The Auld Mug will be out on tour and expect Queenstown to be on the itinary with Emirates Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton a part time resident.

Keep your eyes peeled as some big name sports stars wing their way to Queenstown as their season ends.