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IC of New Zealand celebrates its 60th Anniversary

IC of New Zealand celebrates its 60th Anniversary

The weekend of the 27th/ 28th August saw the culmination of the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the IC of New Zealand. Held in Auckland, IC members participated in or spectated some tennis at Parnell Tennis Club, before a “Life of Anthony Wilding” play, and dinner and drinks at Carlton Cornwall Bowling Club. 

Over 120 members attended, coming from all over the country as well as overseas. Guests included the Chairman of the IC Council Executive Committee, Peter McQuibban, and the President of Tennis New Zealand and ITF Board Member, Celia Patrick, who is also an honorary member of the IC of NZ. 

Fittingly, Des Shaw, the President of the IC of NZ, awarded Jeff Robson with a Lifetime Membership of the club. Jeff was a foundation member and patron of the IC of NZ in 1956, and has a remarkable history in NZ sport, in both tennis and badminton. In tennis, he has won the NZ singles title three times, represented the Davis Cup Team before captaining New Zealand’s Davis Cup Team for 10 years. In badminton, with many titles to his name, Jeff was ranked in the top 6 in the world, and then went on to be a controller of badminton at several Olympics for 25 years.  

Sunday saw a great day of golf at The Royal Auckland, organised by Greg Long, followed by a gourmet lunch arranged by John Lockington. Des Shaw remarked; “it was a beautiful day enjoyed by all and fitting conclusion to two days of celebrations of the 60th anniversary”.  


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