Sport Connector Newsletter - August 2017

This month we profile Libby Leikis, having just competed in the inaugural Para Athletics World Junior Championships (and set a NZ record!)  

We also look at participation rates in sport and the importance of community development, and the correlation between better boards and better organisations.

Make sure you read to the end to discover what Josh Junior, Wellingtonian cyclor for Emirates Team New Zealand is up to and what our Pathway to Podium athletes learnt when they heard him speak earlier this month.

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We're recruiting for two roles to join the Cigna Round the Bays event team at Sport Wellington! One is an Event Coordinator role responsible for managing the volunteer programme - the other is a Marketing Coordinator. Follow the link for more information. www.wellingtonroundthebays.co.nz/vacancies

Our friends at Les Mills Extreme are aiming to raise $10,000 for Lifeline Aotearoa at their TR1BUTE event tonight! The event is open to anyone, and teams are welcome. Workout for an awesome cause - tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/tr1bute-2017-grit-games-tickets-35616254175

A recent visit from Wayne Goldsmith had us thinking about the future global trends in sport. As Wayne travels around the world working with a range of organisations he shares his observations on the decrease of competitive sport participation and the fact that traditional pathways towards sport are not the same as they once were. Check out his take on the Future of Sport below.

Kia kaha - mahia atu! Come on - get active! Check out Sport New Zealand's series of videos for #MaoriLanguageWeek

We were all inspired last week at a Locally-Led Delivery workshop, introducing a way of working together to create and achieve locally owned visions and sustainable projects. Experts on community building, Denise Bijoux from Inspiring communities and Jim Diers, an architect and activator from North America came along and talked about the importance of bringing ideas together, relationship nurturing and building trust to boost confidence for action. Read more here: http://www.sportwellington.org.nz/assets/Media-Releases/Locally-Led-Delivery-workshop-inspiring-community-approaches-for-sport-and-recreation-Sept-2017.pdf

Congratulations Duane Kale!! Voted in as the new Vice President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Sport Wellington knows from experience the fantastic guidance and leadership skills you bring to a committee, (we're lucky to have Duane as the Chair of our Wellington regional Sportsperson of the Year Award's judging panel).

Heart Foundation NZ are hosting a FREE friendly and informal session for people impacted by heart disease and their whānau. - learn about the scientific concepts of wellbeing and resilience - hear from and connect with others who have lived experience - come away with some practical evidence-based tools to build your own wellbeing and resilience

Our Getting Started in Coaching courses are generic, entry level courses targeted at anyone with an interest in coaching - whatever your sport. Designed to be interactive, combining both theory and practical coaching scenarios, the two hour course covers the basics of coaching and gives an insight into what is involved. Ideal for clubs, schools, parents and any entry level coaches. FREE to attend but registration is essential! Register here: www.sportwellington.org.nz/getting-started-in-coaching-gelcc/

Sport Wellington is excited to be a part of the Live Stronger for Longer initiative, we are all working together to help older people remain healthy, independent and prevent harm from falls. We had a fun and informative experience last week with the Live Stronger for Longer team at their "Well Balanced" exhibit which included interactive strength and balance tests, along with an 'age explorer' suit. This was a great opportunity for our staff to understand the everyday challenges faced by our elderly citizens, while also learning more about the Live Stronger for Longer programme. Go to www.livestronger.org.nz for more information and new resources.

A great way to make sense of nutrition or health information back is to strip it back to the fundamentals of good health, which most health professionals, regardless of their background, agree on. These include: eat more vegetables; decrease or omit refined sugars; avoid or minimise processed meats; stay hydrated; base meals and snacks on real, wholefoods; sleep well; sit less; move more; and maintain (or preferably build) muscle mass.

Great article in the Dom Post today about volunteering. It looks at big events like WOW and the NZ Sevens, but is relevant to all of us. Sport Wellington's Volunteer Strategy Senior Advisor, Ken Allen emphasises in the article the importance of volunteers feeling supported by organisations to ensure they remain happy to work for free. "Part of my role is to support organisations with how they recruit, retain, recognise and manage their volunteers. "For event volunteers, personal growth and recognition are far more rewarding than any perks. It's also the social aspect and being part of something big that matters." https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/95697609/a-little-help-goes-a-long-way-in-ensuring-new-zealands-biggest-events-go-ahead

Netball Central Zone 2017 Coaching Conference – Great Coaches, Great Athletes. 23 September from 10am-5pm at the ASB Sports Centre, Wellington. Offering two streams of seminars catering for both community coaches and high-performance coaches, this conference will cover the core fundamentals required for quality coaching practices and feature a variety of speakers across both streams, all of whom are highly skilled in their area of expertise. Registration Fees (per person) PCQ coach $40 CCA qualified coach $50 General entry $60 To register visit http://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/53794 and complete the online registration form.

In case you missed it on 1NEWS on Tuesday night, this is a great story about Wellington's Pathway to Podium athlete, Lewis Clareburt. Having equaled Danyon Loader's national age grade 200m freestyle record earlier this year, Lewis's success has deservedly caught the attention of the media. Bring on qualifying for the 2018 Commonwealth Games Lewis!! https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/sport/other/kiwi-teen-swimmer-hoping-follow-in-footsteps-nzs-greatest

Over 150 guests attended the WCC Sports Talent Development Programme presentation of certificates on the 23rd of August. Presented by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and MC'd by Councillor Simon Woolf, our top regional athletes, their coaches and parents also got to hear from three of New Zealand's current young elite athletes, Danielle Watson (Canoe Sprint), James Preston (Athletics) and Lewis Clareburt (Swimming).

We're on the look out for a new Maternal Lead, apply today if this sounds like you! https://t.co/2pNdJBAjc5

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