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Nominations close at midday on Monday 23 April. This is your last chance to make a nomination for the 2018 Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards. Showcase your high performing sportspeople and shine a light on the administrators, volunteers, officials and leaders who make your sport happen! Nominate now at www.wellingtonsportsawards.co.nz

Over 200 secondary school students developed their coaching skills across a number of workshops held throughout the Wellington region this month. In partnership with College Sport Wellington and ACCSportSmart, the KiwiSport funded ‘Getting Started in Coaching’ courses give attendees a ‘start up toolkit’ to build their coaching confidence and equip them with the skills to provide a positive experience for those they are coaching and ensure their ongoing participation in sport. Since 2015, 26 secondary schools and over 1,000 students have taken part in the courses resulting in an impact on more than 10,000 children in the greater Wellington region. And a big thanks to Wellington Rugby, Capital Football, Capital Hockey, Capital Zone Basketball Trust, Netball Wellington Centre, Netball Hutt Valley Centre,and Kapi Mana Netball Centre for delivering sessions throughout the courses!

Check out this great piece on Wellington teenager and Aotea College Head Boy, Seamus Curtin, who has been dreaming… https://t.co/qgZl3mOQ2S

We're extremely excited to see that Shift Wellington City has been named as a finalist in the 2018 NZ Sport and Recreation Awards' Community Impact category for their 'Just Shift It' initiative 🎉🏆🎉 Shift is funded through KiwiSport's Regional Partnership Fund which is administered by Sport Wellington. Shift's goal is to improve physical literacy, increase participation, build confidence, remove barriers and grow young female leaders both within Wellington and beyond. Well done team, and good luck! See the full list of finalists here: http://bit.ly/2uVdzcX

Congratulations to Wellington's Lewis Clareburt on winning Bronze in the 400m Individual Medley! 🥉🏊‍♂️ The 2017 Emerging Sportsman of the Year smashed his personal best by over four seconds and set a new national record in the process - awesome effort!!! #GC2018

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards! Nominate now and find more inform… https://t.co/HQQL1tK5EN

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards! Nominate at www.wellingtonsportsawards.co.nz. Organised each year by Sport Wellington, the awards serve to acknowledge, promote, and celebrate the contribution that sport makes to the wider Wellington community. The awards consist of 12 categories recognising the sporting excellence of athletes, teams, volunteers, officials, coaches and leaders during the given achievement period.

Congratulations to Lindsay Johnson on receiving the Eastbourne Order of Excellence Award in recognition of being an inspiring teacher and leader of the Eastbourne Karate Dojo for 20 years. Did you know that we have over 25 Karate clubs, schools and dojos in the greater Wellington region? Visit our website to find one near you: http://bit.ly/WgtnKarate

Capital Football and Central Football successfully introduced thousands of females to the beautiful game recently during their Girls and Women’s Weeks. Festivals were held at three venues across the region – Te Rauparaha Arena, Walter Nash Centre and ASB Sports Centre. Over 1,400 girls from various primary and intermediate schools took part with many of these trying futsal for the first time. “The festivals were designed for players of all abilities and gave girls a chance to try futsal in a safe and enjoyable environment with their peers,” Capital Football Women’s Development Officer Emma Evans says.

Have you seen the findings from Sport New Zealand's Value of Sport study yet? The study explores the value of sport to New Zealanders, their communities and our country. We highly recommend you take some time to have a read over the weekend 📖👀☕

The Shift the Trend workshop - 21 March, 2pm-5pm. This workshop is an affordable professional development opportunity for anyone with an interest in improving the wellbeing of young women, including community sport providers, PE teachers & sports coordinators. This three hour group session will take a 'what & how to' approach, help you better understand young women as a key user group, provide a range of insights, Shift tips and tricks and practical examples. Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/nThDR0PpiTawiE5h1 Shift Wellington City

Netball Central Zone are inviting coaches to an exciting development opportunity presented by current TWOR Central Pulse Assistant Coach Sandra Edge MBE. The workshop is being held 1-3pm Sunday 25th March at Netball Manawatu, Vautier Park, Palmerston North. Cost is $15 and registrations are now open.

Teara and her children have been taking small steps towards a healthier lifestyle and are now seeing some big, positive changes. Read how being part of the Sport Wellington Active Families programme has changed how they approach physical activity and nutrition together as a whanau for the better.

We're so pleased to hear that Dirt School, started by our dear friend and colleague Peter, is up and running again on the Kapiti Coast :) Dirt School at Waikanae Park, March 25. Fun races for all abilities and age groups up to 17 years. Registrations are from 1pm. Age group races start at 1:40pm. Under 5 year olds are free. Over 5s are $5. The races cater for all fitness and skill abilities. Interschool races are booked for April 10, open to riders from all local primary schools.

It's almost time! If you haven't secured your place at Cigna Round the Bays yet, now is your opportunity! Registrations end MIDNIGHT tomorrow night - limited spots are available so make a move! Cigna Achilles Half Marathon and Bluebridge 10km have sold out, so lock in your 6.5km category bib now before they run out too! Register now at www.cignaroundthebays.co.nz, see you all on Sunday... #CignaRTB

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