Sport Connector Newsletter - February 2017

In this edition we bring you case studies on managing talented athletes along with thoughts from Wayne Goldsmith on the future of sport.

Also included is a rolling calendar template for your club, and an update on new additions to our Sport Wellington team.

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Wainuiomata Sportsville in conjunction with Wainuiomata Community Hub are a offering FREE to attend after-school sports programme called Active Hour. These fun and social sessions will run every Monday afternoon, 3.45pm-5pm, until the end of term offering different sports each week!

We had a very special guest in the office this morning - New Zealand Kiwis coach David Kidwell! David came to show his appreciation to all of the volunteers contributing to the Rugby League World Cup, including our own Volunteer Strategy Senior Advisor Ken Allen. The Kiwis are up against Fiji this Saturday at Westpac Stadium in a huge quarter-final clash, you don't want to miss this one! #TeIwiKiwi #RLWC2017 #NZLvFIJ

A 3x3 basketball event is being held this weekend at the ASB Sports Centre to help raise funds for Wellington basketball legend Kenny McFadden who is fighting kidney disease - spread the word! Join the Facebook event here: www.facebook.com/events/142636319803159/ Register here: http://www.123contactform.com/form-3054771/Kenny-Mac-3x3-Tournament-Registration-Form

The Kiwis are holding an open training session in Porirua tomorrow, head along to show your support for both the Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns as they compete in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. There will be merchandise giveaways and a chance to win lots of prizes including flights, accommodation and tickets to the RLWC2017 semi-final!

Don't miss your chance to come along to the ACC New Zealand Paralympics New Zealand Open Day this Saturday at the ASB Sports Centre - 10am-3pm, FREE to attend! Find out about Para sport opportunities in your area, get amongst the action and meet Paralympians Sophie Pascoe, Mary Fisher, Kate Horan and Para athlete Libby Leikis. To find out more http://bit.ly/2hO9b5p #OpenDaysNZ #SpiritofGold #Paralympics Parafed Wellington

Registrations for Cigna Round the Bays 2018 are now open! Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson and Paul Eagle MP were at the Wellington train station this morning helping the team promote this iconic Wellington event! Enter online at www.cignaroundthebays.co.nz - check out the CignaRTB page for information on the special opening offer and prizes up for grabs!

Online registrations for Cigna Round the Bays 2018 open at 9am tomorrow :) Have a look at what's on offer for everyone that enters on 1 November - don't miss out! See www.cignaroundthebays.co.nz for information on all the different categories, including the new Active Families category. #CignaRTB

Bike workshops, exclusively for girls, are running in Naenae starting from 22 November. Each workshop is two hours long and if you attend all four weeks you get a free bike to take home!

Congratulations to the Wellington Lions on finishing an epic season by winning the Championship final and securing promotion back to the Premiership! Check out the highlights from Friday night - not to be missed!

Meet Paralympians Sophie Pascoe, Mary Fisher - Paralympic Swimmer, Kate Horan and Para athlete Libby Leikis at the ACC New Zealand Paralympics New Zealand Open Day in Wellington. This free event provides the opportunity for all disabled Kiwis, families and support people to find out about Para sport opportunities in the area and get amongst the action! 11 Nov, 10am - 3pm, ASB Sports Centre, Wellington. More info http://bit.ly/2hO9b5p #SpiritofGold

Get behind our Wellington Lions this Friday as they come up against Bay of Plenty in the Championship final! Kids go FREE! More information and tickets available at www.wellingtonlions.co.nz Wellington Rugby #WELvBOP

Entries for the Wellington Dragon Boat Festival are now open!

Paremata Plimmerton RFC is seeking Expressions of Interest for Coaches & Managers of their senior rugby teams for 2018 and onwards. ParePlim is a small club building to do BIG things - follow the link for more information.

She Moves. She Leads. We Win is being held in Wellington next month. Speakers including Melodie Robinson, Sarah Cowely and Professor Sarah Leberman will be sharing their thoughts and experiences under the themes of Wellbeing, Careers, Leadership and Community. Anyone who is invested in women and girl's participation in sport and recreation (from the playing field to the boardroom) is encouraged to join. Follow the link for more information.

Want to try something new or keen to test your balancing skills? Gibbons Slacklines need 1,000 pairs of feet to take on the Global City Slackline Challenge in Porirua on the 19th of October! Porirua is the only city in the southern hemisphere invited to participate in the challenge issued by Gibbon Slacklines. Each entrant needs to balance on a slackline for 10 seconds to enter. The challenge takes place in the city centre Cobham Court between 4.00-8.30pm on 19 October. The challenge is open to all ages. Entrants will be entertained by Whitireia DJs. The SlackCity Porirua team will provide the slacklines on the day and each successful entry will be added to the total. In the meantime, people can get some practice at the Porirua City Council Slackline Park at Ngāti Toa Domain, the first one to be built in New Zealand. For more information about this event check out the SlackCity Porirua facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/slackcityporirua/ For more information about this worldwide challenge check out the Gibbons Slacklines website: https://www.gibbon-slacklines.com/en/news/global-city-balance-challenge-2017-2/

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