Kapiti Petanque’s 20th Anniversary Weekend
On 13 August, Kapiti Petanque celebrated its 20th anniversary in fine style. A dinner was held at the Paraparaumu Bowling club on Saturday night, followed by a Melee on Sunday.
In his welcoming speech prior to partaking in the dinner, Club President Graham Hooper introduced three principal guests. They were Deputy Mayor Mike Cardiff, prominent business woman Liz Koh and broadcaster Nigel Hopkins, each of them distinguished by their support of the club over the years.
Prominent in the early development of the sport, Peter Ball and the late Rex Hayes were singled out for special mention and thanked collectively, with other past and present members amongst the one hundred and thirteen guests, for their part in the growth and development of the club and its facilities.
The venue was warm, welcoming and colourful and set the scene for the relaxed and happy atmosphere. It was a time of nostalgia, laughter and comradeship throughout the evening. In keeping with tradition, a skit was presented at the end of the evening. The esteemed actors were none other than the Club president (shopkeeper} and his accomplice Eddie Campbell (customer). A great end to what was a most enjoyable evening.
To top off the weekend, a fun four game melee was held, with a splendid lunch and afternoon tea being provided by members of Kapiti Club. Tony Gatford did a great job of organizing the day and everyone who took part enjoyed themselves. The eventual winners were:
Annick Le Guen - 1s t place
Lynne Shepherd - 2nd place
Eddie Campbell - 3rd place