Breakfast with champions

Some big names in Otago sport will tuck into breakfast with East Otago residents on Sunday.

The Sports Breakfast will launch a day of Palmerston events, which will include the popular Kelly's Canter foot race up and down steep Puketapu, the hill which looms over the town.

Other events include a Paddy's market and an open day at the East Otago Vintage Machinery Club. The Sports Breakfast aims to raise money for the East Otago High School athletics group and will be held at the D. G. Murray hall, in Palmerston, starting at 10.30am.

The diners will be joined by Debbie Hill (NZ women's volleyball and Otago netball), Sean Romans (Otago rugby), Stephanie Brenssell (Otago netball), Clare Taylor (English women's football and cricket), Georgina Salter (Otago women's netball coach, Steel development coach, coach of the NZ Under-21 world champions) and possibly Alando Soakai (NZ rugby sevens, Highlanders, Otago rugby). Seventeen stalls had been registered for the Paddy's market, Palmerston Playcentre spokeswoman Rhonda Pringle said.

The East Otago Vintage Machinery Club will hold an open day at the Mill domain, Palmerston, from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, (October 19), club spokesman Noel Sheat, of Palmerston, said.

The vintage machinery club was completing the fourth extension to the club buildings in order to display vintage machinery being restored by club members, he said.

The Palmerston events day replaces the former week-long Palmerston festival.



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