A sporting extravaganza with a difference, the Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 2018 is due to hit Christchurch in April and will be the biggest event of the modern era to be staged in the city.
Spread across 10 sports the Golden Oldies movement which had its origins in New Zealand in 1979 has captured a special niche on the sporting scene, catering as it does for over-35s with the accent on 'Fun, Friendship and Fraternity'. What makes Golden Oldies different is that it caters for all levels of sporting interest from the enthusiast to the retired international player looking for a way to ease down their involvement in their sport.
It is a cliché to say but the playing field is levelled with law variations taking the competition out of games but still drawing on the skills special to the particular sports being played. The sports on show during the four weeks in Christchurch will be: rugby, cricket, netball, football, hockey, golf, basketball, lawn bowls, squash and softball.
The action is not only confined to the playing fields but to the after-match which takes on a quality of its own and where many lasting friendships have been formed.