19 March 2018
Wellington netballer Sue Critchlow has been catapulted to the halls of international fame and it’s not entirely for her on-court expertise.
The 59-year-old features on a gigantic billboard at Christchurch Airport and on posters around the city promoting the upcoming Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration.
“My friends are calling me the new pin-up girl of netball,” says Ms Critchlow, a long-serving member of Golden Oldies netball team the Shore Ravers, who lives in Wellington.
Renowned for their festive atmosphere, Golden Olden sports tournaments are open to men and women aged 35 and above and are held in remarkable locations all over the world, giving players an opportunity to travel and socialise with friends and fellow sports lover from around the globe.
This year marks the first time multiple Golden Oldies sports codes will be played in the same city, making it one of the Christchurch’s largest sporting events, hosted at Hagley Park from April 1 – 29.
The event is organised by Vintage Sport and Leisure and supported by ChristchurchNZ.
Ms Critchlow's team, the Shore Ravers, is joining some 5,000 mature sports enthusiasts and their supporters for the month-long sporting celebration, which Ms Critchlow says usually involves wearing outrageous outfits, meeting up with old friends and sharing a social beverage, not to mention quite a bit of netball.
“The Golden Oldies event on the Gold Coast had daquiri makers on the side-lines, which of course helped us all play a lot better and we’re looking forward to seeing what Christchurch has in store for us,” she says.
“We’re also excited about debuting our fantastic costumes for the closing ceremony. This years’ theme is Kiwiana, so think jandals and pavlova.”
ChristchurchNZ General Manager of Attraction Linda Falwasser says Christchurch is the perfect destination to host the 2018 Golden Oldies sports celebration.
“As city hosts, we are thrilled to be welcoming one of Christchurch’s largest ever sporting events to our city and encourage the whole community to get involved, check out the games and enjoy the experience,” she says
This year’s Golden Oldies marks an extra-special year for the Shore Ravers, as several of their team are sharing a joint 60th birthday celebration and Ms Critchlow says they’re looking forward to sampling some of Christchurch’s latest bars and restaurants.