The annual Shelly Beach Sports day held on the 1st of January, historically dates back to the early 1960’s. The family orientated event started as a way of the local community coming together to share to the New Year and bring families and children fun and games.
Traditional games such as the tug of war, sack races, the gumboot throw, and Mr and Miss Shelly Beach are still one of the main attractions of the day. Baton relay races, nail in the hammer with one hand and sewing patches have been replaced by more contemporary games such as lucky dips, face painting and ring toss. Nevertheless the essence of the sports day is still present.
This year’s event, led by Kara Singer and a small committee, have achieved huge success, with the support of the local community, individuals, and local businesses.
On behalf of the Shelly Beach sports day committee, we would like to extend our warmest blessings, gratitude and thanks to the Shelly Beach/Helensville and Parakai residents who donated towards this year’s raffles, prizes, and lucky dips. Furthermore, a massive shout out to the following local businesses for their kind donations: Parakai Four Square, Parakai Springs, WOW Sushi, Helensville Paper Plus, Kaipara Cruising & Sportfishing Club, Sweetaz Coffee, Farmlands, Forge Fitness, Northwest Cabins, Tusks and Tines, Magnify Church, Black Pete’s, Ngati Whatua o Kaipara and Kara Singer, Arizto Real Estate.
A special Thanks to Lily McLeod for the history and photos provided, Tui Crowsen and to all the previous committee members for their contributions over the years of running the event, without their support, this wonderful event would not have been possible.