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Solomons gets donated NZ sporting gear

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/06/2017

File photo © Rex Images File photo The World Masters Games staged in Auckland this year will have a small legacy in the Solomon Islands.

More than a tonne of sportswear from the Games and also from Basketball Otago have been delivered by the New Zealand Defence Force to the Pacific Island nation.

WMG2017 chief executive officer Jennah Wootten says contacts in the Solomons will distribute Games T-shirts and surplus volunteer uniforms to remote communities.

She says it's an opportunity to extend the benefit of the sporting festival around the Pacific.

Basketball Otago's uniforms will go to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.

General manager Justin Ludlow says a member of New Zealand Police, who hails from Otago and has been posted to the Solomons, prompted the donation.

"While playing basketball with his Solomon Islands colleagues, he observed the lack of uniforms, shoes and other stuff," Mr Ludlow said.

"We were in a fortunate position where we had excess uniforms, so we thought of putting these to good use."

Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the Air Component Commander, said an RNZAF Boeing 757-200 aircraft delivered the sportswear on a scheduled flight to Honiara this week.

"Sport is an important part of the Solomon Islands culture, so we're pleased that we're able to help bring some joy to our neighbours," he said.

"I know these uniforms will be warmly received."

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