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Wakatipu junior rugby gets boost from Skyline Queenstown

Wakatipu junior rugby gets boost from Skyline Queenstown


Almost 200 Queenstown kids will begin their rugby season this Saturday wearing brand new jerseys donated to the Wakatipu Junior Rugby Club.

Skyline Queenstown has sponsored the jerseys for the entire junior club, as well as providing Gondola and Luge rides as prizes for the most committed player of each team every week for the next six years.

Thirteen teams ranging from Under 7s to Under 13 open grades will wear the Wakatipu light blue and dark blue strip. Where there are multiple teams in the same grade, some teams will wear the alternate dark/light blue strip.

Past Wakatipu Junior Rugby Club captain Damien O’Connell says the club is thrilled with the sponsorship deal as it means the club will have jerseys of the same quality, style and condition for years to come.

“Purchasing jerseys is something the club would normally do gradually, over time. Having them all the same condition means continual replacement isn’t necessary. These jerseys could last the club eight-to-10 years,” O’Connell says.

“As a club we’re constantly fundraising and to have the jerseys paid for like this is brilliant. The kids are really excited too. Some of them don’t even know they’re getting new jerseys, or Skyline prizes for the ‘most committed player of the week’, but when they do find out they will be stoked.”

Skyline General Manager Lyndon Thomas says supporting the Wakatipu Junior Rugby Club was an obvious choice. Skyline also sponsors the senior Wakatipu Rugby Club.

“It’s fantastic to see the junior club has strong numbers and we want to help encourage camaraderie and team work amongst the local kids at a grass-roots level. We’re passionate about giving back to the local community and we are delighted to help the club in this way,” Thomas says.

As part of its sponsorship, Skyline will host the junior club’s end-of-season prize giving.

Old jerseys will be donated to rugby clubs in the Pacific Islands.

The club’s first games kick off on Saturday, May 7, at the Queenstown Events Centre.


Photo caption: Past Wakatipu Junior Rugby Club captain Damien O’Connell (right) with (from left) Wakatipu junior rugby players Will Cooper (12) Albie O’Connell (12) and Todd Vermeir (12) wearing their new rugby jerseys at Skyline Queenstown. 

Further information:
Anna Pettigrew, Skyline Queenstown Sales and Marketing Manager – +64 3 441 0858,

About Skyline Queenstown
With 220-degree panoramic views spanning from Coronet Peak to the Remarkables mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak and Cecil Peak, there is no better place to experience the beauty of Queenstown than Skyline Queenstown at the top of Bob’s Peak. Skyline Queenstown is a fun park for all ages and stages and all levels of adrenalin. Skyline Queenstown offers unforgettable family fun – whether it be soft adventure, or luging, mountain biking, bungy jumping, forest walking and tandem paragliding, as well as a range of dining and relaxing options amongst some of the world’s greatest scenery.

Skyline Queenstown opening hours:
Complex: 9:00am until late
Luge: Open from 10:00am daily
Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar: Lunch – 12.00pm – 2.00pm, Dinner – First sitting from 5:45pm, second sitting from 8:15pm.
Stargazing: Tour times vary with sunset

Celia Crosbie
Written by Celia Crosbie
Celia is an award-winning former journalist who has worked for newspapers and radio stations in New Zealand and magazines in the United Kingdom. She has worked in public relations in both NZ and London. Celia also specialises in digital media strategy and website copywriting for SEO.