Centre gains skate BMX drawcard

By Martin Lang


Four months on from a change of venue and the Mount's Action Indoor Sports Stadium is on a roll.

Now sited in Triton Ave after close to 25 years in Newton St, the facility is gaining a skate/BMX park to add to an already diverse menu that includes indoor cricket, soccer, netball, dodgeball, hockey and gridiron touch.

The 1200sq m plywood ramp skate and BMX complex should be completed in a couple of weeks, the Mount stadium's director Andrew Templer says.

Previously the launching pad for ballistic repertoires at Wellington's X-Air Games, the plywood structures are currently being installed by a crew of keen young local riders.

The country's newest indoor cricket venue, the Mount centre is also considered New Zealand's' best, centre director Andrew Templer says.

Taking over the business in 2007, Templer was ahead of the play in fostering a local indoor cricket scene.

"We got into it at the right time. I knew Cricket New Zealand was going to set up an age-based national tournament, so I got involved and got kids playing," he says. "The first few Friday nights, we only had about 15 kids but I thought 'it's a start'. In December that first year, the Year 6 kids went to nationals as a Tauranga team.

"The next year, we had 120 coming along on Fridays - word had got around that indoor cricket was the way to go."

The 2013 October national inter-provincial indoor cricket series is to be held at the Triton Ave facility and there's also a possibility the venue could host the 2013 under-20 World Cup. Martin Lang.

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