Hawke’s Bay help Black Sticks stay top of game
Hawke’s-Bay-help-Black-Sticks-stay-top-of-gameHawke’s Bay is delighted to provide ongoing support as Principal Partner of the Black Sticks Men and Women
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Hawke’s Bay is delighted to be the Principal Partner of the Black Sticks Men and Women and to offer support to the teams as they strive to be the best they can be and represent New Zealand on the world stage.
The province’s support is made possible by the Hawke’s Bay Sports Events and Education Consortium (HBSEEC) which is a philanthropic group of business and community leaders who have rallied together to provide financial support for the Black Sticks in 2016 continuing a relationship which originally began in 2011.
The partnership extends on Hawke’s Bay’s progression as one of the country’s top hockey hubs at both community and international level, thanks in large part to the popular Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey, which itself is organised by HBSEEC.
Hockey New Zealand CEO Ian Francis said it was fantastic to have the continued support of Hawke’s Bay as principal partner of the Black Sticks.
“This is a unique sponsorship which is something very special for our players and the sport of hockey as a whole. To have so many passionate people behind the Black Sticks is amazing and really marks what we hope will be a long term partnership,” he said.
“Hawke’s Bay has staked its claim as a crucial hockey centre within the community highlighting strong growth in participation in the region and also on the international stage with the great success of the Festival of Hockey.”
Bruce Mactaggart of HBSEEC commented: “The relationship between the Black Sticks and the Hawke’s Bay community is a very special one and it’s fantastic to see the incredible results these wonderful athletes achieve – we are all so very proud of them and thrilled to be able to support them in this way.
“I don’t think most people quite understand the significant sacrifices these players make in order to represent their country at the highest level and for both teams to be continually ranked in the top 10 nations on earth from a nation with such a relatively small population, in a sport played in well over 100 countries is truly remarkable.”
- August 26th, 2016 in