Gisborne pair with Shore mates among the ‘oldies’

Golden Oldies Sports Celebration.

Golden Oldies Sports Celebration.

Mother and daughter Catherine Kepa and Sandra Arnold from Gisborne are in Christchurch for the Golden Oldies Sports Celebration event. Sandra, 70, has been going since 1984. The event is held every two years, with thousands aged 35 up competing against each other in many sports codes. Picture supplied

Sandra Arnold is having a fantastic time in Christchurch at the Golden Oldies Sports Celebration.

The Gisborne swim instructor, 70, is there with her daughter Catherine Kepa, 44, as part of the Shore Ravers netball team from Auckland’s North Shore — Sandra’s old stomping ground before she moved to Gisborne 12 years ago.

The mother and daughter are two of thousands taking part in the event, which is held every two years for people 35 years and up to compete in all sports codes over a month.

There are 50 teams and 500 people playing netball alone.

Due to knee problems, Sandra cannot play any more but is taking on her sideline role as a cheerleader with great enthusiasm.

“A lot of our team are in our 50s or 60s and haven’t quite got the ability we used to have, and Catherine has this young and vibrant energy she adds to the court. She’s here, there and everywhere.

“It’s a great group of ladies who catch up every two years.”

One friend made from the celebration is from the Cook Islands team.

“We’ve met up every single time since 1984. Her daughter is with her as well.”

Sandra will be missed while she is away.

Her role as a Comet swim instructor means she is a favourite with many of the young children she teaches to swim every week at Elgin’s School pool.

Sandra Arnold is having a fantastic time in Christchurch at the Golden Oldies Sports Celebration.

The Gisborne swim instructor, 70, is there with her daughter Catherine Kepa, 44, as part of the Shore Ravers netball team from Auckland’s North Shore — Sandra’s old stomping ground before she moved to Gisborne 12 years ago.

The mother and daughter are two of thousands taking part in the event, which is held every two years for people 35 years and up to compete in all sports codes over a month.

There are 50 teams and 500 people playing netball alone.

Due to knee problems, Sandra cannot play any more but is taking on her sideline role as a cheerleader with great enthusiasm.

“A lot of our team are in our 50s or 60s and haven’t quite got the ability we used to have, and Catherine has this young and vibrant energy she adds to the court. She’s here, there and everywhere.

“It’s a great group of ladies who catch up every two years.”

One friend made from the celebration is from the Cook Islands team.

“We’ve met up every single time since 1984. Her daughter is with her as well.”

Sandra will be missed while she is away.

Her role as a Comet swim instructor means she is a favourite with many of the young children she teaches to swim every week at Elgin’s School pool.

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