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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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Coaches take up growth mind-set challenge

Earlier this year Sport Wellington Wairarapa invited local sports co-ordinators and coaches to attend a Growth Mind-set workshop presented by Ged Robinson. Ged (pictured right with college sports co-ordinators) is an ex-Super Rugby player who found a way to reach his potential after discovering the work of Carol Dweck.

One of the most challenging tasks for coaches is motivating their charges through periods of challenge. Mental toughness, resilience and the ability to look at failure as a stepping stone to success, is what promotes improvement. Talent without grit will inevitably struggle when faced with challenge.

Read here for more about Ged's visit.

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Inter-collegiate Swimming

The Wairarapa Secondary Schools Inter-Collegiate Swimming Championships were held on the 28th of March. This event is a celebration of equitable sporting experiences for the young people in our colleges.

There was an abundance of talent on show with 8 records broken on the night. Charlotte Hewitt (St Matthews Collegiate) and Joe Fallon (Rathkeale College) kicked off proceedings breaking the 25m Freestyle records in their age group events. Hannah Cohr (St Matthews Collegiate) followed up in the U14 girls Backstroke event finishing in 15.69s, beating the previous record by 1.9s. Neve Hopman (St Matthews Collegiate) broke the U16 25 Breaststroke girls record in 18.89s.

Sienna Cockburn (Solway College) broke the first of the 50m records in the U14 girls Freestyle eclipsing the old mark by 1.81. Noemi Leinfellner, also from Solway College, broke the 16+ girls Backstroke record in a time of 32.57s. Kate Sims (St Matthews Collegiate) later broke the record in the 50m Butterfly event in a time of 29.71s.

The relays concluded racing for the evening. Highlights included Solway College breaking the Open girls 50m medley relay. The Flying Squadron relay event is always a crowd pleaser with the winners receiving the Jesse Bucknell Memorial Trophy. The result was a repeat of last year with St Matthews Collegiate and Rathkeale taking out the honours.

Full results for the 2018 Secondary School Inter-Collegiate Swimming found here.

Picture left: St Matthews and Rathkeale students receiving the Jesse Bucknell Memorial Trophy from Chief Referee, Ruth Bucknell.

NISS Swimming Championships are held on the 12th of May at Freyberg Pool, Palmerston North.


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Inter-collegiate Athletics

The Wairarapa Secondary Schools Inter-collegiate Athletics Championships was held on the 1st of March. The annual event is the largest on the Wairarapa Secondary School inter-collegiate sport calendar and show-cases the best of the regions athletic talent.

The first of the records tumbled in the opening event of the day with Amy Fitzgerald (Wairarapa College) throwing an impressive 40.74m in the Senior Girls Hammer, eclipsing the previous record by over 18m. Ben Schwass (Wairarapa College) broke the Junior Boys 200m in a blistering 24.77s bettering the previous time by 0.13s. The final record of the day went to Mikael Starzynski (Wairarapa College) who registered 50.12s for the Senior Boys 400m taking a sizeable 1.44s off the former mark set in 2014.

Full results of the 2018 Secondary School Inter-collegiate Athletics found here.

Picture left: Siena Cockburn from Solway College celebrates a win in the Junior Girls 100m.  Click here for more photos.

Results from the College Sport Wellington Regional Athletics.

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Student Coaches Lead

Maxine Christensen, Lucy Britland, Janie Grevatt and Berenique Erasmus (pictured left) are Year 13 students and Senior A netballers at Chanel College. They alsio co-coach the Chanel Hearts junior netball team.

We spoke to them about their experiences as coaches, leaders and role models. It is a fascinating look at the contribution they have made to the school life of others as well as the rewards they have received in return. 

All girls attended the Getting Started in Coaching course this year. They have put their new found knowledge of player-centred coaching to good use.

Click here to read how these girls worked together to create an environment that was safe, encouraging and ultimately rewarding for all involved.




Supporting Whanau Towards a Healthier Future

Green Perscription Active Families currently run weekly activity sessions in Masterton with the hope to branch out all over the Wairarapa region. These sessions are a fun way to spend time together and also meet like-minded whanau who are focusing on their health. The programme also provides one-on-one sessions, support with goal setting, healthy cooking classes and links into the local community.

Sport Wellington Wairarapa are keen to support whanau who are ready to make positive lifestyle changes. They are currently seeking families to register as part of their Green Perscription Active Families Programme, where the aim is for children and their whanau to be healthier while having fun together. 

For more Information please click here.

Pictured left - Masterton families enjoying some quality time together while making banana pancakes during their weekly Active Families sessions.






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