2018 was a big year for the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team, sending a total of 251 athletes across 17 sports to the Gold Coast games – including nine of our very own AIMES Award recipients, with four taking medals in their respective events.
Our third Lexus of North Shore Charity Luncheon for 2018 was a celebration of our AIMES Awards Alumni and their Commonwealth Games success! Hosted by New Zealand Olympic Committee President (and North Harbour Club member) Mike Stanley, we were honoured to have Olympic Gold Medialist and games team Chef De Mission Rob Waddell as our guest speaker. Joining him were a panel of athletes and AIMES Awards Alumni – Dean Kent (swimming), Melissa Ingram (swimming), George Muir (hockey) and Michaela Sokolich-Beatson (netball).
We were also incredibly lucky to have Jacky Siu, 2016 Emerging Talent and 2017 AIMES Awards Music Winner back in NZ to perform for the room. Jacky is now London based and has recently been performing with the London Symphony Orchestra.
The ballroom at The Spencer on Byron in Takapuna was full on Tuesday August 21st for the Lexus of North Shore-sponsored event, which included a three course luncheon, an animated auction of sporting memorabilia and experiences and a raffle. New president of the Club, Phil Brosnan, opened and closed the event, which was also attended by fellow AIMES Alumni, Caitlin O'Reilly 2017 AIMES Junior Excellence Winner, the youngest swimmer to cross the Cook Strait, and three time AIMES Alumni Terenzo Bozzone, who we were all delighted to see back on his feet after being involved in a serious cycling crash in July.
All photos supplied by Channel Magazine, who attended and featured the event in 'Out and About'
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