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Were you at the Corporate Challenge 5K last night? Check out our Sport Wellington team showing off the Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays 2019 tees 😍

Did you know that Sport Wellington is the lead agency for Community Group Strength and Balance - Wider Wellington Region? This means we are responsible for growing access to classes that target strength and balance such as those in the Live Stronger for Longer national initiative 💪💪 Checkout https://www.livestronger.org.nz/ for more info 💪💪

Here's to women and girls getting moving with confidence and being proud to do things THEIR WAY! Like, share and tag your friends and family to join the movement! Written by Virginia Butler & Allen Salmon Performed by Gin Wigmore Published by Native Tongue Music Publishing and Peermusic obo The Bicycle Music Company Licensed courtesy of Universal Music New Zealand Limited Videographer: Joe Hitchcock

If you're thinking about registering for Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays, today is the best day to do it! You've got until midnight tonight to get $5 off your entry fee using the PACESETTER19 code! You'll also go in the draw to win 1 of 5 Pacesetter prize packs. Register here: http://bit.ly/2CSIjNW

Please join us in welcoming the new members of our Board of Trustees: Lance Walker, Andrea Blackshaw, Baubre Murray and Dianna Taylor. Read their bios under each image.

We're so excited to be supporting Kaibosh as our new Official Charity Partner for Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays 2019. These guys have been supplying those in need in Wellington with fresh healthy food, as well as minimising food waste for 10 years! More info here: http://bit.ly/2hH87i6

Congratulations Hutt City Council! Their KiwiSport Fundamental Movement Skills programme was awarded a merit in the Outstanding Community Recreation Programme category at the NZ Sport and Recreation Awards! The KiwiSport Fundamental Movement Skills programme is funded through KiwiSport's Regional Partnership Fund which is administered by Sport Wellington. Their ultimate goal is to develop fundamental movement skills in a fun and purposeful way to provide a skills base for children to lead an active and enjoyable lifestyle. Congratulations HCC! www.kiwisportfundamentals.co.nz/

🏆 Congratulations to all of the nominees, finalists and winners of the Sport Wellington Wairarapa Secondary School Sportsperson of the Year Awards 🏆

Who’s ridden one of the new ONZO NZ bikes? We think it’s a great initiative to get Wellington active!

WE ARE PLEASED TO INVITE APPLICATIONS FOR OUR NEXT OPEN FUNDING ROUND. The KiwiSport Regional Partnership Fund (RPF) aims to: • Increase the number of school-aged children (5-18 years) participating in organised sport; • Increase the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for all school-aged children; • Support children to develop skills that will enable them to participate effectively in sport at both primary and secondary level. If you have a project that spans regionally, provides new or expands existing sporting opportunities for school-aged children and requires funding, please send in your application. KiwiSport funding is not intended to maintain the same initiative long term as funding for the current programme is only available until June 2020. Check out all the info here: http://bit.ly/2CuPaNv

LOVE Golf are excited to bring the Love Golf FUTURES launch to Boulcotts Farm Heritage Golf Club on Tuesday the 23rd of October. This is a great chance for all kids and parents to come see what golf can offer and how everyone can be active, develop life skills and most importantly HAVE FUN! Special guest, Phil Tataurangi will be there to share his passion along with many other from the golf and sports community.

Huge excitement around our new partnership with Brendan Foot Supersite for Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays 2019. Check out the new logo here: http://bit.ly/2RpkJNO

We're looking for an energetic and enthusiastic person to join our Community Sport team as Lead - Organisational Capability. If you've got a great understanding of business development and planning, you're a strong leader/relationship builder and know your way around the sport sector in NZ then this is the role for you! Apply via the link below:

Today is the day! Help out the kids at Wellesley College, Wellington NZ fundraise to buy their friends at Randwick School bikes. This awesome initiative is also teaching the kidshow giving to others can stimulate the vagus nerve and improve mental health. Check out Donate a Dollar Day for details on how you can get involved.

Applications for the 2019 Wellington City Council Sports Talent Development Programme are now open! you can find out more about the programme here: http://www.sportwellington.org.nz/wellington-city-council-talent-development-programme/

Four new Sports Legends of Wellington inducted

Four new Sports Legends of Wellington were inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday following their announcement at the 2014 The Dominion Post Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards on Thursday 12th June. The Sports Legends of Wellington played a significant role on the night of the awards which saw past legends celebrated and the 2014 inductees announced.

Each year since 2003 the Legends Academy meets to decide upon the Sports Legends of Wellington.  The legends are then announced by Sport Wellington and inducted into the programme. This year’s inductees include Ron McKenzie (tennis), Bevan Smith (athletics), Mark Sorenson (softball) and Kenny McFadden (basketball).

A highlight of the awards night was a sit down interview between Keith Quinn, Chairman of the Legends Academy, and Mark Sorenson. Quinn and Sorenson spoke about what it takes to be a world champion three times over and the demands of being a player compared to a coach. The Black Socks coach was supported on the evening by his family, including his father, Dave Sorenson. Both Dave and Mark are members of the ISC Hall of Fame.

Kenny McFadden was also celebrated on the night, beginning a successful evening for Basketball. McFadden won four NBL titles with the Wellington Saints as a player coach and has stayed in the limelight through his association with basketball, namely helping Steven Adams achieve early success in his NBA career with the Oklahoma City Thunder. McFadden is still heavily involved in Hoop Club, the largest basketball club in the country.

Bevan Smith, the first inductee with an athletics background, was unable to attend on the night but was represented by his long time coach Malcolm Thomas and wife Anne Smith. Smith was a Bronze Medal winner at the 1974 Commonwealth Games and also represented New Zealand at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Also honoured this year was the late Ron McKenzie, a Wellington tennis stalwart. McKenzie was a New Zealand Junior tennis champion in 1940 in a career affected by World War II. He won the national men’s singles title four times and the men’s doubles six times. Most notably, McKenzie helped New Zealand defeat Norway 3-2, climbing back from being 2-0 down, as part of the New Zealand Davis Cup team in 1947. That same year, McKenzie reached the second round of the Wimbledon Championship.

The Sports Legends of Wellington are managed by Sport Wellington. Once inducted, personalised plaques are installed at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie providing a permanent site of recognition. Sport Wellington CEO, Phil Gibbons says the Sports Legends of Wellington are a way to celebrate the regions sporting success from the past. “Sport Wellington is proud to be associated with such a prestigious group of sporting individuals from across a wide range of sports.”

“The Sports Legends of Wellington are on display at the ASB Sports Centre, a place where a number of Wellington’s legends of the future train and compete. By celebrating these legends we hope they will inspire the next generation of legends from the greater Wellington region.” Gibbons added.

 

Below: Bev McKenzie unveiling Ron McKenzie's plaque at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie

Bev McKenzie unveils Ron McKenzies plaque

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