Big bellies, bigger bucks


A Queenstown dad has come up with a novel way to raise money for his son’s ice hockey team. 

To get the under-13s to a big Canadian tournament, Nick Flight is holding the New Zealand Sumo Wrestling Championships – a tongue-in-cheek take on the Japanese sport with contestants wearing inflatable suits. 

Twenty-two local businesses will buy corporate tables and elect a representative wrestler to battle other contestants for the title of NZ Sumo Champion. 

Once a Queenstown sumo titleholder himself, Flight is confident it will be an exciting event. 

“It’ll be a night of fun and a great team-building opportunity for businesses.” 

Flight hopes the event will raise around $10,000 to fund the Queenstown kids to Vancouver for the World Friendship Games and several training days with NHL coaches. 

Corporates can purchase tables for $500 and tickets for their friends and family at $15. 

The event takes place on March 1 at 7pm at the Queenstown ice skating rink.