QLDC accused of favouring male sports

Doing up the former Mitre 10 building in Anderson Heights as a community youth and sports centre was a proposition put to the Wānaka Community Board at the Lake Wānaka Centre last week.

Aspiring Gymsports Gymnastics Club has accused the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) of favouring outdoor male-dominated sports in a bid for the council to fund another indoor sports centre.

Gymnastics Club spokesperson Colleen Nisbet told the board that the council had spent nearly half a million dollars on a new skateboard park in Central Wanaka.

“Why can’t they support gym sports as well,” she said.

"By funding these male-dominated outdoor activities as a priority over indoor sport options, the council is seen to be favouring men’s sports over women’s, and emphasising that men’s sports are more important than women’s sports," she said.

Sport Otago community sports adviser Kelvin Carruthers said he had identified 39 groups, including Kahu Youth, that were operating in inadequate facilities and were facing increasing commercial rents.

The Mitre 10 building "ticks every box" outlined in the proposed master plan for sports facilities, Carruthers said.

Chairman of the Wānaka Watersports Facility Trust, Michael Sidey said: "The Mitre 10 building is perfect for the community.”

Mayor Jim Boult, who was at the meeting, said he supported the idea of the council acquiring the Mitre 10 building from a council point of view.

Read edition 1015 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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