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Browns Bay Racquets Club held its annual four days Master and Juniors Squash competition last month. Special note at the competition were the 20 master and junior participants who arrived from New Caledonia for the event. The international participants were among a total of over 120 players who competed at all levels to win cash prizes and gifts. The Masters final of the competition was between Mark Foxcroft (Browns Bay) and Alex Collenot (New Caledonia). It was an exciting finish to the competition and an exemplary game of squash, cheered by many young spectators. The game result was a 3-0 win to Mark Foxcroft. In the Juniors section, Rafa Yam took top place, winning 3-0 over Gabe Yam.
Families from the racquets club welcomed the international players and offered accommodation to the New Caledonia junior players as part of an international exchange program launched by the Browns Bay club. Earlier in the year, Browns Bay members had reciprocated on last year’s visit, by travelling to New Caledonia, participating in a local tournament and learning more about New Caledonian home-life and culture.
“We come here [to Browns Bay Racquets Club] for the third time to continue our exchange between our club and yours. For the young guys, it’s a chance to enjoy New Zealand culture and to play with another level in other countries. They enjoy the variety of life and also feel their progress, playing better than before. I offer my thanks to all who made the tournament work and to families who took our young children in their homes. We have greatly enjoyed the community of Browns Bay.“ said Alex Collenot, Team Captain of Dumbea Club, New Caledonia.
The Racquets club has been growing in size and popularity over the past few years. The club has over 550 members and actively provides coaching and competition opportunities in Squash and Tennis to players of all ages. Club facilities are continuously improving and competition numbers are increasing every year. “We are very proud to be a part of the Browns Bay community and continue to encourage local, young and older residents of North Shore, to experience our club and its racquets sports.” said Amanda White, Browns Bay Racquets Club Manager. The club offers a range of activities and many social evenings, including Junior match-play, Ladies Evening, Social match-play, Interclub competition and Business House play.
The recent competition was strongly supported by local Browns Bay businesses. Donations were received from a range of local businesses, which included: The Browns Bay Association, New World, Ben Gusto, Sunset Hair & Spa, Shoe Science (Albany), Team Titan, Amanda Baker Hairdressers, Starbucks, The SA Shop, Double Dot Squash, Deep Creek, Westpac, Deejay Shoes, North Harbour Scaffolding, Java Jungle Cafe, Bolliwood, Dominos and Speakers Corner.
“The help and the generosity of the managers and owners of these local businesses, allows our club to provide variety to the community and be able to host international flavoured competitions. Bringing new members and competition participants to the club benefits the local community and businesses, enabling all to enjoy what is offered in Browns Bay! I express my personal thanks and that of all our club members to these local businesses.”, said Ajay Marwaha, Sponsorship Manager for Browns Bay Racquets Club.
If anyone would like a conversation or want to visit the Browns Bay Racquets Club, please contact Amanda White, Club Manager, on 09 478 6469. The Racquets club is located at Freyberg Park, 4 Woodlands Crescent. Further information can be found at www.bbrc.org.nz
Channel Magazine: Issuu 49 November 2014