Year to remember for milestone girl
Queenstown Primary School pupil Andie Gillings makes history today - just for being born.
She is celebrating her 12th birthday on the 12th day of the 12th month of 2012 - a milestone that will not occur again until somebody somewhere turns one on January 1 in the year 2101, 89 years from now.
A delighted Andie first realised when she turned 11 in December last year that her 12th birthday would go down in history.
"I was really excited. I was like ‘Oh my gosh!'," she said.
Equally exciting is tonight's birthday dinner.
Her main birthday wish is to eat out at MasterChef Simon Gault's new Jervois Steakhouse, which opened in Queenstown last week.
"I'm really excited about that, because I love steak."
But Queenstown's most famous birthday girl has earned her kai hiking in the outdoors this week.
She will wake up this morning in a tent at a no-frills school camp at Moke Lake where the breakfast will be sufficient but far from MasterChef standards.
"Hopefully, there will be a little bit of a special treat for me at Moke Lake," she said.
And this year's birthday present was not one to sneer at.
Andie's parents, Pip and Mark Gillings, are taking her to British Columbia, Canada, in January where the budding young ski racer will try her skills training at Revelstoke Ski Club with some overseas competition.
"That's my birthday and Christmas presents," she said.
She was also given a "really cool" giant slalom ski-racing suit.
Birthdays have a good vibe for Andie. Last month at a friend's birthday party she unearthed an ounce of gold worth an estimated $2300 during a big dig at the Shotover Jet annual Locals' Day.
Mrs Gillings said Andie had been so excited about her special birthday that she designed her own party invitations with a watermark "12" on the back.
She and some friends will play frisbee golf in the Queenstown Gardens and enjoy a beach picnic and swimming on Saturday.
Cup & Cake owner Jamie Stodler was so impressed with Andie's special birthday that she donated 12 free delicious cupcakes.
A mean cupcake maker herself, Andie thought she would make some of her own version as a thank you to Ms Stodler to show her gratitude.
Meanwhile, Invercargill boy Braydan Watkins is celebrating his 12th birthday today.
Social media sites buzzed in the leadup to the triple-12 date, but birthday boy Braydan is more relaxed about it.
He played down the numerical lineup of his birthday, saying the overload of 12s was nothing to get excited about.
"Most of my friends don't think it's a really big deal," he said.
The Southland Times