Vintage Softball Carnival 2012 in New Zealand
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - From the sadness of the Christchurch earthquake, Softball rises to the Challenge. On February 22nd, 2011 the beautiful city of Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand suffered an earthquake that led to extensive damage to buildings and property and some loss of life. The Garden City is the 2nd largest city in New Zealand and has taken a big hit in what has been described as a "once in 3000 years" event.
At the time the earthquake struck Dianne McDermott, one of the organizers of the Vintage Softball Carnival was at the Mainland Foundation Ballpark discussing arrangements for the 2012 World Vintage Softball Carnival. She was meeting with Cheryl Kemp , the progressive Chief Executive of Softball Canterbury, the host organization of the Carnival. Fortunately they suffered only minor cuts and bruises and while there was damage at the Ballpark it is repairable and the facility will be ready and waiting for participants in the 2012 Carnival.
Accommodations arranged for the Carnival suffered damage but motels and hotels selected will be available to host the guests in April next year. So amidst the tragedy and damage Vintage Softball and Softball Canterbury have agreed the show must go on…..next April (2012) the 3rd World Vintage Softball Carnival will be staged in Christchurch as planned. Organizers are going to meet the challenge of supporting the people of Christchurch and the special Softball fraternity as they reconstruct their city and its facilities.
The Carnival will be played on 7-14 April 2012. All games will be played at the extensive Mainland Foundation Softball Park in suburban Christchurch. The Ball Park is the home of Softball Canterbury, one of New Zealand’s leading Softball Associations and has hosted numerous national and international tournaments including the 2004 ISF World Championships. The facility has 12 top quality grass diamonds and 2 championship diamonds-one of which is floodlit allowing us to consider playing some of our games under lights. The facility will allow all teams to play all their games at the Ballpark. A substantial clubrooms, grandstand viewing area, cafeteria and bar complete an outstanding international standard complex. availability.
Anyone desiring more information about the Carnival, about Christchurch, about New Zealand and how to get there should start with the Vintage softball website. www.vintagesoftball.com