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Waitakere City is backing Bea

May 9, 2006

MEDIA RELEASE (For Immediate Release)

Go Bea, Go

Waitakere City is backing Bea.

The City Council and mayor Bob Harvey are urging residents to vote for Beatrice Faumuina, who is competing in the current series of television’s “Dancing With the Stars”.

Beatrice lives in Waitakere (Glendene) and in the first screening of the show last Sunday night she and her dancing partner were given the highest points of the night by the panel of expert judges.

Dancing with the Stars features celebrity contestants in a ballroom and Latin dancing competition, most of whom have no dance experience. They have just six weeks to rehearse with a professional dance partner in order to perfect a number of dances, which they then perform on the live weekly broadcast (on TV One, Sundays at 8.30pm).

The public now have the chance, during the week, to text or phone the show with their favourite dance duo.

Beatrice, a former World Champion discus thrower and Commonwealth Games gold medallist also features in Waitakere’s “Walkway of Fame” in Henderson and in Mayor Harvey’s latest book, titled “Westies”.

She is a member of the Waitakere City Athletic Club, based at the Trusts Stadium in Henderson.

“Beatrice is true gem,” says Mayor Harvey. “Not only is she an amazing athlete, but she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet- and obviously she can dance to!”

“She is one of the strongest women on the planet but she also has and wonderful poise and grace.”

Beatrice follows on from Waitakere City Councillor Ewen Gilmour and former Waitemata Mayor Tim Shadbolt who featured on last year’s series of Dancing With The Stars.

“The boys were good but we think Beatrice will go one better and win it,” says Mr Harvey.

To vote for Beatrice people can phone 0900 89814 or text “Beatrice” to 8981.


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