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Bandar Sunway – Recently, the New Zealand hockey team paid their second visit to their most favourite theme park in Malaysia, at Sunway Lagoon. After days of training in preparation of the “10th Men’s Hockey World Cup KL 2002”, the top 18 New Zealand hockey players escaped to the Surf beach of Sunway Lagoon to surf the waves at Sunway Lagoon’s famous world’s largest Surf Wave pool. The New Zealanders sportingly did an impromptu “Haka” dance, a New Zealand traditional Maori dance, with only their surf shorts on. They then dipped themselves and surfed in Sunway Lagoon’s Surf Pool, which is capable of producing waves that will reach a maximum height of 8 feet.

According to Simon Towns, Captain of the hockey team, Sunway Lagoon was their team’s top choice of a place to relax and have fun since they had good memories when they first visited the theme park a few years back when they were competing in Malaysia.

“The boys have always wanted to visit this fabulous park. When we were here a few years back, we saw the construction of the gigantic surf pool, something that we don’t have back home, and longed for it to open.

“So, this time around, the boys are so happy that they could actually surf the largest surf pool in the world, something that we have never seen before. Unlike what most people believe, surfing is actually the most popular participative sports in New Zealand. Rugby and Hockey are however the two most popular spectator sports. I really need to praise Sunway Lagoon for having such a great theme park and Surf Pool”.

The New Zealand hockey team has been here since mid February and will depart when the “10th Men’s Hockey World Cup KL 2002” ends. When asked how they felt about competing with some of the world’s best hockey teams, Manager Arvind Jasmat said they are very excited and have never been more ready to compete against the world’s best hockey players.

The New Zealand hockey team was placed tenth in the “1998 Holland World Cup Hockey” and have also competed before in the “Sixth Nations Tournament” in January recently, beating Holland, the former hockey World and Olympic champion.

The New Zealanders promise to give an outstanding performance in Kuala Lumpur and hope to emerge as one of the top three in the “10th Men’s Hockey World Cup KL 2002” finals.

Sunway Lagoon is open from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm everyday except Tuesdays and 10.00 am to 6.00 pm every weekend, public holidays and school holidays. The theme park will operate on a daily basis on school holidays. For the Singapore school holidays, the theme park will open from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm on a daily basis and weekends from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.

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