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The Industry Award Exam is designed to identify the top graduates coming out of the apprenticeship programme each year, proudly sponsored by STANZ, NZGCSA and NZSTI.
STANZ would like to congratulate the following for passing what is regarded as a ‘tough’ exam:
Kane Findlay, trained at Profile Farms in Cambridge, achieved with Merit
Ben Engels, trained at Cambridge Golf Club, achieved
Tyler O’Leary, trained at Westown Golf Club, achieved with Merit
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Rain and Mud. So What?
Redeveloped Basin Reserve Cottage opening
A tribute to Wes Armstrong - Groundsman Basin Reserve (1969 -1994)
Wes Armstrong took up the position of groundsman at the Basin Reserve in 1969 and prepared pitches on 19 occasions for test cricket with a record of 6 wins and 12 draws including New Zealand's first ever Test match victory over England at the Basin Reserve. Wes recalled the moment during this game Geoffrey Boycott got a good stern talking too from the very affable Mr Armstrong.
After a 25 year innings, dedicated to preparing quality surfaces at the Basin Reserve, Wes parked up the roller for the last time.
The groundsman cottage which is classified a heritage building, has recently been renovated and repositioned overlooking the Basin Reserve. It has been duly named the Wes Armstrong Cottage.
Wes and his extended family returned to his ritual home, for the official opening of the cottage in his honour by Wellington Mayor Celia Wade - Brown. Don Neely recalled the historic context of the cottage and shared memorable moments of Wes and his stella career as its custodian.
This was a great occasion for the Armstrong family, who dedicated a huge part of their life to the Basin Reserve – the legacy of Wes will forever be captured in a time capsule engrained within the cottage.
Congratulations to the Basin Reserve Trust and Cricket Wellington on the initiative and the completion of the first upgrade project of the Basin Reserve upgrade master plan
2015 Industry Award Winners from the Sports Fields Sector
Congratulations to both Aaron and Tyrel for gaining this year’s Industry Award by passing the high achievers exam following their graduation from the level 4 Sports Turf Certificate.
STANZ would also like to thank the New Zealand Sports Turf Institute for sponsoring them both to attend the 2016 Turf Conference at Sky City next June.
Well done and all the best for what are shaping up to be promising careers in the Turf Industry.
The Industry Award Exam is proudly supported by STANZ, NZSTI and NZGCSA.