And now for something completely different: HBPRC members as models for sauna portraiture ...

As you may know, we are very fortunate to have one the best sauna facilities around, and up-and-coming NZ photographer Aaron Burgess has approached us to capture members pre- and post-sauna for a protrait project he's currently working on. Aaron takes some great pics, and is establishing himself as a name in the photography scene, so for those who involve with this project you have the chance of being captured for posterity in a potentially noteworthy artist's portfolio and the opportunity to get a fairly fancy print of yourself to show off to firends and family. If you're intrigued by all this read on for Aaron's pitch:

Sauna photography portrait series

Do you use the sauna for personal, fitness or health benefits?
I am a photographer, working on a personal photography project, based around the effects of sauna use. I’m looking for regular users of the sauna to be a part of this photography series. I am hoping to have a range of people for this project, you don’t need to look like Sharapova or Nadal to participate in this project, as the sauna benefits lots of different people. Herne Bay Ponsonby Rackets Club has kindly given approval for undertaking this project at the club.
My interest in this sauna series evolves from the physical and mental change that can happen to people after they have spent time relaxing in a sauna. Although the high heat in a sauna session speeds up the heart rate, the calm, quiet environment also helps to relax the body and mind.
It is this transformation in body and expression that I am wanting to explore and document with a series of portraits of people that use the sauna. My aim would be to capture this in a portrait immediately before entering the sauna, along with another portrait, exhibiting this calm expression immediately after a person has completed their sauna session. This will be in a set area, outside of the sauna, that management have approved. Each (of the before and after) portrait sessions will only take about 5–10min each.  Although this is a strictly personal series, I would treat this with the professionalism as any other commercial shoot, respecting the members/people that use the facilities and the club.
The outcome of the images would be for my photography portfolio, which is shown on my website, (, and some of the images to be displayed in a photography exhibition in the near future. Anyone that partakes in the project will be given a printed photo of their portrait, once they have been edited and completed. Hopefully others can also gain something from this series and the benefits sauna provides.
If you are interested to find out more, or would like to be included in this project, please feel free to get in contact with me.


Squash this week:

Free individual coaching with Jarrod van Driel
On Saturday, 18 November, one of our new squash club pros, Jarrod, will be offering FREE 30–minute individual coaching sessions to HBPRC squash members. There are six spaces available between 1–4.30pm, so, if you would like one of these free sessions please visit the Double Dot Squash website and book to avoid missing out. Just click the 'Book Now' button above the Weekly Package column and follow the registration steps: for more info Jarrod can be contacted at or on 021 239 1353.

Squash Auckland doubles interclub: entries close 13 October

Senior Spring interclub starts Monday, 6 November from 7pm, with the five-week competition wrapping with finals night 4 December.
There are eight team divisions, with two matches per night. Entrants must be graded C2 or higher; mixed teams and divisions.
Email the Squash VP on if you are interested with your name and partner's name.

Thursday night club night from 6.30pm Priscilla Wildsmith will be running club night each week with organised game play.

Women in Squash Coaching Program at HBPRC

Squash Auckland and Foundation North are offering a subsidised Women in Squash programme at our club next term. This is a $30 six-week programme starting on 17 October with our resident coach Priscilla Wildsmith, and a great opporutnity to try out the game in a supportive coach-led group environment. Uptake from Facebook has already filled up the first group, so if you're interested, please contact Jacqui in the office on 376 0681 or via email at to join the next group, which will run either directly after or on another day/time TBA.

Women in Squash poster template - Herne Bay

Friday junior night

Junior club night will resume after the school holidays on 20 October.

2017 Squash Auckland Excellence Awards

Herne Bay Ponsonby Rackets Club will host the 2017 Squash Auckland Excellence Awards on Saturday, 11 November from 5–7pm at the clubhouse.

This is where we recognise outstanding achievement, performance, and service in the Auckland squash community over the past 12 months (between 1 October 2016–30 September 2017).

Tennis this week:

Thursday night club night from 6.30pm.

Friday juniors night 4.30-6.30: will resume after the school holidays on 20 October.

Saturday: Senior interclub continues, Caro Reserve Women play Parnell away, Open Men's 4 play West Harbour at home, Open Men's 8 are away to Pakuranga, Open Women's 2 are away to Kohimarama, Open Presidents 1 are away to East Tamaki, and Open Presidents 3 host Koru. See new link on right-hand side of the club website for a link through to senior interclub draws and points tables.

Sunday senior club day 1–4pm.

Margaret Schot Memorial

Mark Sunday, 15 October in your calendars for the annual Margaret Schot Memorial women's doubles tournament. A mainstay of the club calendar, this year the tournament has a $1200 prize pool and will feature a full day's play from 9am. All welcome to come down and watch the action from the deck. Rain day is currently set for Sunday, 29 October.

Pilates on the court


Pia will be holding Pilates Mat Classes on Squash Court 1 every Monday and Thursday morning at 9.30am with more times and dates to come. She has been trained through Polestar Pilates NZ and has been practicing for 7 years.
Pilates is a full-body exercise that will strengthen and balance your body. It is for everyone, including elite athletes, the injured, seniors, pregnant women and everyone in-between. All will be catered for in the class. 
Email, text, or call Pia to book your place in the class on / 029 6277 437. For full details click here: 



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