New Zealand is a really sporty country and Wellington is really lucky to be home to some great sports venues, all really close to the centre of town. You can see lots of cricket at The Basin Cricket Ground and both rugby and football (soccer) at the famous Westpac Stadium, also known as the ‘Cake Tin’. It got that name because it’s circular and looks like a cake tin from the outside!
If there is any sport which New Zealand is really famous for, it’s definitely rugby! At the moment, the local Wellington rugby union team ‘The Hurricanes’, are top of the Super 15 league, which consists of teams from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa! Go Hurricanes!!!
Some of our students and the famous ‘Activity’ Mark went to see the Hurricanes play and win at the Cake Tin. It was the first time for a few of them, and they really enjoyed the atmosphere at the stadium.
Daniela from Colombia, who has been studying at Campbell for 6 months, went along with some of her friends and this is what she said:
Is rugby popular in Colombia?
No! Only here in New Zealand. For me, it’s new!
Was this the first time you had watched rugby?
Yeah, it was my first time and it was really exciting! I didn’t really know the rules before I went. Mark taught us a bit, but I still couldn’t understand!
Would you watch rugby again?
Yes, I would because for me it’s a new sport and I prefer this to watching cricket! Ha ha! On the day of the game, all the bars had TVs with the rugby on which everyone was watching and the stadium was full of people. It was great!
What did you like about watching the rugby?
The handsome men!!! and the energy around the stadium!
What do you think of the mixture of things to do through the activities programme at Campbell?
It’s really good because you talk to other people you would never meet. There’s a lot of things to do, like movies, coffee, pubs, pronunciation. It’s a great way to make new friends and improve your English at the same time!
Daniela – Colombia