National garb the theme at sevens

Costume prize money doubles

Last updated 05:00 16/12/2013
Marty Donoghue, Chris Parkin and Ambrose Curtis
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SET FOR A FLING: Marty Donoghue, Chris Parkin and Ambrose Curtis lead Scottish supporters to launch the new groups costume competition for this year’s Wellington Sevens.

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The best costumes will hit the jackpot as well as the stands at the Wellington Sevens in February.

Prizemoney for the Costume Catwalk has doubled - and this time there is a special category for big groups of fans making a joint effort.

In addition to the $25,000 prizemoney on offer in the Costume Catwalk competition, groups of 12 or more people who theme themselves on one of the countries competing at the event can win a share of another $25,000.

The money has come from Museum Hotel owner Chris Parkin, the third time he has shelled out for the costumes prize.

Announcing the prize fund at Totally Frocked in Lower Hutt yesterday, sevens general manager Marty Donoghue and a group of helpers, including Mr Parkin, dressed up as Scotsmen.

"It was that or Baywatch babes," he said.

Of all the costumes which he has seen at the sevens, one particularly stands out.

"The scary babies from last year. They were creepy."

Another Scotswoman was Penelope Hobbs, who also works for the sevens but had been a frequent attendee before she got the job. Each time she wore a different costume, but one was her favourite.

"Me and six other friends went as Greek goddesses . . . when I was dressing up and getting into it we didn't have the Costume Catwalk."

The 15th edition of the Wellington Sevens will be held at Westpac Stadium on the weekend of February 7-8.

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- The Dominion Post

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