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Making a visit to Penzance & Newlyn RFC’s ‘Westholme’ clubhouse last Friday were three welcome Kiwi guests.
Accompanied by Cornish Pirates Director Colin Groves, the trio comprised Tonia Cawood, Chris Klassens and Cameron Taylor.
Tonia is not only the new Chair of the Chiefs Super Rugby team but is also the first female to hold such a post in Super Rugby. She has been in the United Kingdom attending the Badminton Horse Trials with Chris, who is CEO of BlackGold, a New Zealand Charity aimed at helping young Kiwis win Olympic Gold Medals.
Mentioning Olympics, Cameron is a good friend of Colin’s and is the Deputy Chairman of New Zealand Athletics. Nowadays a lawyer, he ran the 200 metres against Lindford Christie at the 1992 Olympic Games held in Barcelona. His New Zealand record time stood for more than 20 years.
Whilst at ‘Westholme’ the guests, who also visited Truro & Penwith College on their brief visit to Cornwall, had the chance to learn about the history of the Pirates.
Post the Kiwi trio’s visit, Colin commented:
In so many ways Tonia, Chris and Cameron really enjoyed their time in Cornwall, including learning about our history and culture, so a big thank-you to everyone who made their visit a memorable one.
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