The Christchurch Petanque Club brought a colourful taste of France to Christchurch at the Ellerslie International Flower Show. For 5 days we entertained many members of the public with 2 minute micro coaching sessions followed by a social game.
The specially laid petanque piste was a real hit with visitors. Lots of laughter and applause for good shots ( and lucky shots ) and mock anguish at the missed shots. Good humoured games played in the true spirit of the sport. As we coached the general public we discovered untapped talent both young and old. All were encouraged to come along to the club and provided with information for joining us on Thursday or Sunday.
Mayor Bob Parker came, Mark Hadlow from CCC Event Team and many other dignitaries, even the Event Crew were impressed with our exhibit and played social games with us.
The club's Ellerslie International Flower Show committee would like to thank heaps of people ... especially John Yellowless; Craig McKenzie and his EDI Downer team for their help with the construction of the terrain; Oscar and Pamela Trounce for the beautiful Scarborough Lily flowers; Odyssey House for the loan of a BBQ table that was appreciated by the volunteers and the general public alike; Marjorie Vincent for the penny farthing bike; Les Clearwater who made Canterbury's version of the Eiffel Tower that was temporary home for our mascot "Pete Tonk", and to all the many club volunteers who arrived good natured on both the good days (hot) and the bad days (cold and wet) to help promote Petanque to the people of Christchurch and visitors from elsewhere in New Zealand and overseas tourists.
The EIFS Committee
David and Margaret Scottorn, Robert Cumming, Andrew Findlay, Pat O'Shea