Healthy Lifestyles Newsletter

It has been a busy 12 months for the Sport Wellington Healthy Lifestyles team, we've gone from having two programmes to now delivering five key health contracts for the greater Wellington region. We'd like to thank you for your support during the year and acknowledge the important role that your organisation has played.

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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: 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, see you all on Sunday... #CignaRTB

Fundraising Opportunity! Cigna Round the Bays is on the hunt for a mature and capable community group looking to volunteer at Cigna Round the Bays 2018, in return for a koha towards their community group. With 10 spaces available and a koha of $25.00 per head, this is a great opportunity to fundraise while getting involved in an iconic community event. Event day is Sunday 18th February from 6:15am to 11:30am. Marshalling experience would be a very welcomed bonus! A compulsory briefing will need to be held prior to event day to fully prepare each person for the event. These spaces need to be filled this week, if you are interested please email

Wellington Touch Association & Touch New Zealand will be hosting a foundation coaching course on Friday 9 February at Pelorus Trust Sports House in Lower Hutt. FREE for the first 20 to register! See image for more information.

Standard pricing ends at midnight tonight! Don't miss Wellington's iconic fun run and walk, Cigna Round the Bays, on Sunday 18 February. Enter online today

Sport Wellington is saddened to hear the news about Wellington and NZ rugby great, Graham Williams' passing. Graham was inducted as a Sports Legend of Wellington in 2011 by Sport Wellington, this article is a great snapshot of how Graham played the game and lived his life.

Wellington Phoenix FC have provided a great example of what quality volunteer recognition looks like. Longstanding volunteer, Ken Allen, was celebrated by the club after his volunteering with the Nix came to an end over the weekend. Ken has been volunteering his time on match-days for the past 11 years since the franchise was formed. Volunteers like to feel that the organisation they work at values the work they do. Saying thanks is a simple way to acknowledge volunteers and will lead to better retention and even recruitment. A variety of volunteering resources are available on the Sport Wellington website.

Congratulations to the The Exercise Studio Silverstream​ for becoming the first Approved Strength and Balance programme in the Greater Wellington region. They have met the nationally approved evidence based criteria that shows this class will help people keep strong and independent. The class is a circuit class for seniors (60+) focusing on strength, balance and coordination. If other exercise providers or volunteers would like to be involved in this project, please check out the information we have on our Sport Wellington website.

Congratulations to the Wellington marching teams for taking out first place in all grades at the North Island Marching Championships held in Wellington over the weekend!

Happy International Volunteer Day! International Volunteer Day (IV Day) is a United Nations led initiative that offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make their contributions visible. One billion people volunteer around the world, all giving their time and skills to improve communities, save lives, fix things that are broken, and bring people together. The work of volunteers across all sport and recreation is a big part of this global movement of volunteers, and has major impact on the wider community. More and more, their work is playing a crucial role in the successes of our sport organisations. So please take the time on IV Day to recognise your volunteers for their work and the impact their work has on your organisation.

We're recruiting! Join the Healthy Lifestyles Team at Sport Wellington as the Strength and Balance Coordinator (Older People). This is an exciting new role where you can positively impact the growth of community exercise classes for older people. Follow the link for more information.

Sport Wellington recently hosted a leadership workshop which was attended by national and regional leaders from the sport and recreation sector. This was the first workshop to come from the leadership framework that Sport New Zealand, Sport Wellington and the sector have been jointly developing over the past 20 months. The focus was on 'leading my organisation' and 'leading others' and also provided an excellent opportunity for the various sport and recreation participants to network. The learnings from this ‘pilot’ will be included in the other four settings of leadership (leading self - leading teams - leading leaders - governing organisations). The full leadership system will be incrementally rolled out in 2018 and made available to the sport and recreation sector.


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