David Kennedy up close with Sugar

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BOXING legend Sugar Ray Leonard was in good hands during his 24-hour stay in the resort for Mountain Scene’s Winter Festival Thriller in the Chiller tonight. Ex-Destination Queenstown boss David Kennedy acted as his minder. As a token of appreciation, Leonard gave Kennedy a signed glove for his three-year-old son Jack.

READERS may recall the Canterbury Rugby Union didn’t take part in this year’s national sevens in Queenstown for financial reasons. Perhaps they were saving their pennies to buy Sonny Bill Williams. 

WINTER Festival director Simon Green certainly shouldn’t give up his night job. On top of his big workload running this week’s festival, he popped up on stage on Saturday night singing with his colleagues in The Hitmen trio to provide a major part of the musical menu at the masquerade ball. Another Hitmen singer, Russell Harrison, also showed his versatility by entering the boxing ring for the Mountain Scene Thriller in the Chiller event the following night.

THE town’s so fortunate that its biggest week in the spotlight coincides with some of the best conditions you could ever hope for on the slopes up Coronet Peak.

DEFINITELY worth a look is another new bar in town, Searle Lane and Social, which has a fantastic collection of photos depicting some of the Wakatipu’s colourful history during the past 30 years or so.