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Waitomo Caves Sports Club

WAITOMO CAVES SPORTS CLUB

Background

The Waitomo Caves Sports Club is purely set up to run the Waitomo Sports Day.  It is one of the largest privately run sports days of its kind and attracts over 2,000 visitors each year.  All funds raised during this event stay within the community.  The sports day is a fun family day out and some visitors travel up to 3 or 4 hours to attend and take part.

The first sports day was held in 1939, and continued until it went into recess in 1960.  In 1966 a successful mardi gras was held and it was decided to once again hold an annual sports day with wood chopping and horse and pony events.  In 1970 a shearing stand was moved from Otorohanga and since then this is one of the longest running shearing competitions in the King Country.

In the past successful sheep dog trials, tug-o-war, highland dancing and master sportsmen events have featured.  Now, wood chopping, steer riding, horse and pony and shearing are the main events.  Alongside the main sporting events are a number of other activities.  The LBWR Easter egg hunt is a favourite and mid-morning scores of children burrow through piles of sawdust searching for chocolate treasures.  There are obstacle courses running races and novelty events for children including the aerial lolly scramble and sheep riding.  There is nail driving, raffles and stalls for adults.

Want to get involved?

The Sports Day Committee members are people who give back to their community through volunteering their time.  Planning and executing the Sports Day is a time-consuming but rewarding task.  All members are committed to doing the best they can and there are a variety of event convenors to cover each event.  If you would like to be involved contact the secretary Colin Beeston on 07 878 7641

How often and when they meet? 

Meetings are irregular.  Usually 4 to 5 committee meetings leading up to the annual sports day, with a debrief meeting shortly after.  Local volunteers participate in a series of working bees that set the venue for the annual sports day.

Events and activities

This annual event takes place at the Waitomo Caves domain on the fourth Saturday in March every year.