Easter Tournament Children’s Functions

By Gordon Wong with additional words from Keith Kelsall

Friday 4th April 2015

22 kids from 6 to 15 years old from 3 contingent branches (Wellington, Otago and Southland) played together inside Megaforce as if they were old friends. Keith set up 5 teams, ensuring that the teams contained a mixture of contingents. Fun was had by all over the full 90 minutes – despite being sweaty and tired, it was a mission of endurance to go back in to complete 6 games after checking the scores on the big monitor at the conclusion of each game - “awesome” was the general response.
Quiz Night
Otago Southland Chinese Association Club Rooms
Saturday 5th April 2015

Up to the day of the event, we’d sold 35 tickets, but by the time we opened the doors, sales had gone up to 85 - kids and parents from 3 or 4 contingents. The OSCA clubrooms were literally heaving, with parents seated and kids standing around tables. James Chin, who must’ve been a Victorian school master in a previous life, took no prisoners as he split the kids up into teams that forced the kids to cooperate with new “friends”.

Despite being overcrowded, fun was had by all the kids while the parents looked on.

Keith was a handy quiz master while Gillian collated the results, with lots of “easy” questions but finishing with trivia about China that had everyone taking educated guesses which teased out the eventual winners, but they were all rewarded with chocolates at the end.

A substantial and hearty buffet meal was provided by Nanking Palace Restaurant which was given a round of spontaneous applause – the food was even complimented at the Tournament Conference the next day. Great Chinese food, but the kids were more interested in the chips!

Thanks especially to Keith Kelsall who almost single handedly organising both functions. Lending Keith a few hands were James, Ruth, Gordon, Gillian and Julie.

(Above) Megaforce
(Below left and right) Quiz night