More children use local water playground

Hundreds more Wellington children are now experiencing ocean water sports in their own backyard … Wellington Harbour.

Through a KiwiSport-funded programme, the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club (RPNYC) is delivering a two-hour ocean water sports introduction in either keelboat sailing, dinghy sailing, kayaking, waka ama or windsurfing to at least 1250 school children during this summer. Already the introductory ocean water sport sessions have encouraged at least 15 children to sign up for further lessons in dinghy sailing and in the Wellington Ocean Sports Holiday programme which covers a variety of ocean sports.

 

The Ocean Water Sports project follows a successful contract between the club and Sport Wellington two years ago to introduce keelboat sailing to almost 500 children.  Since then RPNYC has partnered with Wellington City Council to encourage more teenagers and adults to ‘have a go’ at ocean water sports during Saturday open days. By the end of December 924 children had sailed, paddled or windsurfed from the club’s Clyde Quay Marina base or from Freyberg Beach as part of the ocean water sports school programme. Programme coordinator Matthew Wood says funding from KiwiSport to widen the water sports available gives children across the region a greater chance to experience a new sport in their own backyard.

 

“We are surrounded by ocean in Wellington so it’s great to give children the opportunity to enjoy these varied water-based sports.  We’ve been inundated from schools who want to be involved and have awesome feedback from them,” he says. “It’s fantastic to see children from lower decile schools, who might not normally have the opportunity to get out on the water, have an awesome time out there.”

 

The RPNYC has partnered with Tunui a te Ika Outrigger Canoe Club, Canoe and Kayak, Wild Winds and the Wellington Windsurfing Association to provide specialist instruction in the different water sports.  During the two hour instruction children are also taught basic water safety skills, wind awareness and other skills generic to different ocean water sports. This gave children the opportunity of on-going participation with any of the water sport clubs, says Matthew. However just travelling to Wellington City and going out on the water is a new experience for some children.  Principal of Russell School, Sose Annandale says the programme is of immense benefit for the children from the Porirua school.

 

“This is a really special trip that is reserved for the final push in the development of our leaders here at Russell School.  From here they go out into the big world of intermediate and beyond hopefully to return one day full of pride for their community and the learning journey they began at Russell.

 

“The challenge of such sports for the children when they are out of their comfort zone gives them a huge sense of 'conquering' their inner fear and in turn enables the thought, trigger or message that they 'can do anything',” she says. Sose adds that Pasifika children are over represented in water sport mishaps through drowning and poor safety practises on the water.  “So safety messages on the boat such as the purpose of the life jacket are powerful messages.”

 

KiwiSport Manager Peter Woodman-Aldridge agrees. He says the ocean water sports programme has a secondary aim.  “Because of our location Sport Wellington sees water safety as a life skill.  We emphasise any water-based sports provide water safety skills as well as instruction in the sport. This ties in with our programme Learn to Swim which has taught water skills to thousands of children throughout the Wellington region since 2010.”

 

KiwiSport aims to increase the number of school-aged children having the opportunity and participating in sports. Through Sport Wellington KiwiSport has invested $2.2 million during the past three years in community-led programmes, enabling more than 109,000 children to participate in sport across the greater Wellington region.

 

Media Release KiwiSport Ocean Water Sports programme.

ENDS

Looking for a Club or activity?

L

Social Media

The Crank is coming to Wellington! It’s the biggest #RPM event raising money for CanTeen NZ - http://t.co/mDYKJZdigb http://t.co/ruHpjdaKqG

The Crank is coming to Wellington for the first time! It’s the biggest #RPM event raising money for CanTeen New Zealand, so you don’t want to miss out. Register a team and help CanTeen supporting youngsters living with cancer: www.thecrank.co.nz

1 week to go till our August @WgtnBuggyWalk at Otaihanga Domain in Kapiti. Meet on the main field at 10am for a 10.30am start, see ya there!

Ever wanted to run alongside New Zealand’s rare and very special kiwi? Here’s your chance! Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre has opened up its back country to a new and very special event. Home to over 50 kiwi, at least 30 Kokako, and more than150 Kaka, the Breadcraft Wild Challenge Pukaha is a 10km trail run through forest and bush teeming with wildlife, followed by a 23km cycle ride along country roads. Proceeds from the event will go towards helping to restore and maintain the Pukaha forest and it’s birdlife. For more information visit their website below.

RT @Wgtnroundthebay: Ever wanted to run alongside New Zealand’s rare and very special kiwi? Check out the @WildPukaha #WildChallenge2014 - …

The voice of yachting, Peter Montgomery is coming to Wellington for a one-off speaking engagement. See details here - http://t.co/DHFG2ElJOR

The voice of yachting, Peter Montgomery is coming to Wellington for a one-off speaking engagement. Peter will give the inside word on the 34th Americas and all things yachting. Check out details below!

The date has been set! You can all mark Sunday, 22nd February 2015 on your calendars for Wellingtons iconic annual fun run, Round the Bays! Registrations will be opening in the first week of November, keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates. Check out the link below to have a read of the Round the Bays article in today’s The Dominion Post.

We have moved! You can now find us at Level 1, 223 Thorndon Quay. For updated staff contact details visit our website http://t.co/R8TLZf8EuA

RT @Wgtnroundthebay: Registrations for RTB2015 will be opening in the first week of November, keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages…

RT @Wgtnroundthebay: The date has been set! You can all mark Sunday, 22nd February 2015 on your calendars for Wellingtons iconic annual fun…

We have moved! You can now find Sport Wellington at Level One, 223 Thorndon Quay. We've moved to a convenient new location that will allow for easier access for those that we work with and provide a greater profile for the organisation in our community. For updated staff contact details please visit our website.

Great news for two athletes who are a part of the Wellington City Council Talent ID Programme. Congratulations to Whitney Souness for being named in the Haier Pulse squad for 2015. It’s awesome to see a locally developed player make the local franchise squad! Well done! Also, congratulations to Kurtis Imrie for placing 5th in the K1 1000m at the World Junior Canoe Championships in Hungary. Its great to see Wellington talent succeeding on the international stage!

Congrats to Kurtis Imrie from the WCC Talent ID Programme for placing 5th in the K1 1000m at the World Junior Canoe Champs in Hungary!

Congrats to Whitney Souness from the WCC Talent ID Programme for being named in the Haier Pulse squad for 2015!

KEY PARTNERS

NZ-Sport-Logo-BLK.jpg NZCT logo name2 ec com trust MoH logo2 Wgtn Community Trust white background Pelorus