Games with a fun twist


Sports clubs, workplaces and other community groups are being encouraged to take part in the The Top Team Marlborough challenge next month.

The event is based on Top Town, a hit television show in the 1980s and early 90s, and is organised by Sport Tasman and Marlborough District Council.

The day features familiar games with a "Top Team twist", said organiser and Sport Tasman assistant adviser for youth, Hayden Bryant.

The focus is on fun, friendly competition, getting dressed up in "sevens-inspired" outfits and giving your all in a host of challenges such as "giant slingshot", "gumboot gauntlet" and "minefield", Mr Bryant said. "The cool thing is anyone can compete in it," he said. The $80 cost of entering an eight-person team was cheaper than buying movie tickets.

Teams of schoolchildren from years 4 to 8 would compete in five-minute challenges during the morning, and those aged 12 and over would compete in the afternoon.

Last year's event drew 21 teams, including the Blenheim roller derby team Boomtown Brawlettes, a Nativity Youth Community Centre crew and a Blenheim Indoor Cricket Club group.

While entries had been slow, Mr Bryant expected a last-minute rush of registrations.

Top Town Marlborough is at Lansdowne Park, Blenheim on Sunday, March 17. Team entries are $80 each. Entries close on Monday, March 11.

For more information, visit sport tasman.

The Marlborough Express