Seven Days of Sevens
This year, from Tuesday through until the Friday before the Sevens tournament begins Civic Square was the centre of a celebration of Sevens rugby. Billed as "Seven Days of Sevens" we were the final four days of that celebration and I got to MC the whole thing.
It was amazing to see Civic Square fill up with school holiday groups, cruise ship passengers, Wellingtonian workers and the curious as we filled the lunchtime with music, sports, sevens stars and a host of other activities. And me in a silver cape MCing everything from bands to fitness challenges (which I was thrown right in the middle of).
I got to fulfil a lifetime ambition as a rugby commentator - commentating on 2 touch rugby tournaments. The first was a diplomatic challenge and the second was a celebrity challenge featuring members of the diplomatic corp, Wellington sports stars, the media and a team from Wellington East Girl's College. Both tournaments were won by the pretty slick Samoan High Commission team. I just hope that my labelling the Assistant High Commissioner "The Serevi of the Diplomatic Corps" stuck after the week was over. It was also really cool to be joined in my commentary duties by All Black Sevens stars like Sherwin Stowers and Liam Messam.
The way all the teams got into the spirit of the days was amazing. Not only were the All Blacks Sevens down in Civic Square but over the 4 days we had Argentina, Japan, South Africa, Fiji, Australia, The USA, Wales, England and Scotland players out and about amongst the fans. Some of the players really threw themselves into it and it was amazing to see the generosity of the players as they helped out in drills with kids and posed for selfies with fans. It would have been a real highlight for the Wellington East girls to be involved in an impromptu touch game with the World Champion Fiji team!
And that's what the whole week felt like - city and tournament meeting together in the square to have a great time! It was a great way to celebrate a great event and I only hope we've got the chance to do it again in 2017!