Gibbston wineries help sportswoman in Games bid

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Ten Gibbston wineries have chipped in $6300 in help a Queenstown shooter prepare for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July.

Southland-born Jenna MacKenzie, 21, who will represent New Zealand in three small bore rifle events, has lived at Gibbston with her parents Trish and Ken since 2011.

“We’re a pretty small community and to have a national sportswoman in our midst is pretty special,” wineries’ spokesman Grant Taylor says.

“We just thought she should be training rather than worrying about fundraising.

“If she wins a medal we’ll all feel like a little part of it is ours.”

MacKenzie, the current national and Pacific champion in her disciplines, has worked at Gibbston Valley, Brennan, Valli and Peregrine wineries over the past few years.

Wineries supporting her are Gibbston Valley, Brennan, Valli, Chard Farm, Coal Pit, Hawkshead, Mount Edward, Remarkable Wines, Wilde Hare and Wild Irishman.

Till heading for Glasgow, MacKenzie’s based at a private shooting range near Timaru where she’s coached by former Scottish world champion and Olympic medallist Jock Allen.

Taylor says Gibbston has produced many gold medal wines over the years.

“Now we’d like to see one for shooting.”