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Huge excitement around our new partnership with Brendan Foot Supersite for Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays 2019. Check out the new logo here: http://bit.ly/2RpkJNO

We're looking for an energetic and enthusiastic person to join our Community Sport team as Lead - Organisational Capability. If you've got a great understanding of business development and planning, you're a strong leader/relationship builder and know your way around the sport sector in NZ then this is the role for you! Apply via the link below:

Today is the day! Help out the kids at Wellesley College, Wellington NZ fundraise to buy their friends at Randwick School bikes. This awesome initiative is also teaching the kidshow giving to others can stimulate the vagus nerve and improve mental health. Check out Donate a Dollar Day for details on how you can get involved.

Applications for the 2019 Wellington City Council Sports Talent Development Programme are now open! you can find out more about the programme here: http://www.sportwellington.org.nz/wellington-city-council-talent-development-programme/

We're on the hunt for a Maternity Cover for our Support Services Manager role. This is a busy role looking after HR, IT, Health and Safety and everything in between. Apply here: http://bit.ly/2QSKi9l

NZ Amateur Sports Association are hosting a seminar on what it takes to host a successful community sports event. Email office@asa.org.nz to secure your spot! When: Wed 26th Sept. 5.30-7.30pm Where: Room 105 (RH105) Level 1, Rutherford House 23 Lambton Quay

🎉GIVEAWAY! 🎉 We’ve got 5 volunteer prizepacks to give away to coaches and volunteers who make a difference in your sporting lives 🏉⚽️🏏🤸🏽‍♂️ To go in the draw simply tag a coach or volunteer who goes the extra mile. Prize pack includes: Sports bag Puffer jacket Puffer vest Drink bottles Two footballs ⚽️ rugby balls 🏉 or netballs 🏐 Bumbag Hoodie There’s plenty of other merch to give away too so get tagging! Competition closes 4pm Friday 21st September and draw will be made shortly after.

"For me, it's always been about value. How can I add value for my children and anyone I coach? The true key to success is that, whoever you coach, you add value in whichever community that they choose to walk in. For me that's been New Zealand Rugby, and now United States Baseball" 🏉⚾ Words of wisdom from Don Tricker this morning at our Sport Wellington Performance Hub Breakfast event. Huge thanks to Wellington Hospitality Group for helping us put on an epic event at such short notice!

The New Zealand Recreation Association Grow Yourself Scholarship is up for grabs and applications are open now. The scholarship is open to all NZRA members to support the development of individuals who continue to make a positive contribution to the Parks, Sport or Recreation sector. More info: http://bit.ly/2MqR2YG

Keen for breakfast chats with @Padres Performance and Health Director and ex @allblacks High Performance Manager,… https://t.co/0pJx3K2QXe

We're looking for an empathetic and resourceful team player to join our Healthy Lifestyles Team. If you're passionate about making a difference for whānau and community and have experience educating and supporting others then click the link below:

Our Sport Wellington Active Families Healthy Lifestyles coordinators help families set goals and get involved in fun physical activities to stay healthy and active. This term our Lower Hutt Active Families have been learning new swimming skills, supporting each other in the water and most importantly, having fun! http://www.sportwellington.org.nz/activefamilies/

Do you know how much sugar is in these drinks? Our Wainuiomata Active Families crew were pretty good at this game! Sport Wellington Active Families

Want to join a thriving and passionate organisation making a difference in greater Wellington? Sport Wellington is seeking a team leader, with a track record of leading and empowering others, to join our team as the Lead – Adult and Maternal. We're looking for someone to develop quality service and support systems aimed at improving healthy lifestyles for adults, pregnant women and their whānau/family. If this is something you are interested in, apply now via the link below:

The Youth AFL New Zealand 8-week season kicks off of the 28th October. Get the kids enrolled now! More info: http://youth.aflnz.co.nz

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 Wairarapa Maori Sports Awards 2018 

Awards Ceremony will be held on 

Thursday 29th November 2018 at Copthorne Resort Solway Park 

                                                        Nomination form  here 


Trust House Wairarapa Secondary Schools Sports Awards 2018 

Date: Thursday 25th October 2018 

Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Venue: Copthorne Solway 

Peoples Choice Award voting is open here

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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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Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships

The Wairarapa Secondary School’s Cross-Country Championships were held on May 1 hosted by Rathkeale College.  In a change of venue from previous years, Rathkeale opted to host the event within their own school grounds.   171 students from all 8 Wairarapa Secondary Schools participated.

Wairarapa College runners dominated on the day taking out numerous winning team positions.  Solway College and St Matthews Collegiate also had great success respectively in the Under 16 Girls and Senior Girls races achieving a clean sweep of top placings in both the 3 and 6 team divisions.   With Rathkeale College taking up the remaining top spots in the boys’ teams divisions. 

Full results of the 2018 Secondary Schools Cross Country here




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College Badminton 

The 2018 Term 2 Wairarapa Secondary Schools Badminton Competition was a great success. Being the first available to students in recent years it was fantastic to see the enthusiasm in the sport still alive at this level.

Our aim from this competition was to offer another sport to college students and to make Badminton known again to this age group. The skill level of the entrants varied greatly, those showing skills at the upper level have potential in the future to trial for rep teams in Hutt Valley if Badminton is a sport which they wish to pursue.

The top three finalists were 1st place - SMS Gold, 2nd place - Waicol Blue, 3rd place Rathkeale Smashers, the top two teams ended up having to play off for the winning point as they drew over the 8 weeks of matches.

Thanks to Christine Bleakley, Wairarapa Shuttle Time deliverer who facilitated this competition. This competition is going to be available each year in term 2.

Photo: Christine Bleakley with SMS Gold, the winners of College Badminton 2018 

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Inspiring Growth in Sport through Coaching

Through the Wairarapa Coaching HUB project the aim has been to develop a framework that seeks to increase and support coaches within college settings, targeting youth leaders as foundation coaches.           A key component of the Coaching HUB project programme has been to form close partnerships with sport and the colleges. A key ingredient of the partnership included the provision of a Secondary School Foundation Coaching day.

For 2018 the Student Coaching Day was held on Wednesday May 9 at the YMCA and Trust House Memorial Park.                                           

The target

  • 7 Colleges
  • 6 sports that included; Basketball, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby & Cricket
  • Supported by 10 Coach Developers and community coaches from the sports and community

The course was delivered by experienced facilitators, providing the attendees with a ‘start up toolkit’ aimed at building their coaching confidence and equip them with the skills to provide a positive experience for those they are about to coach.                                                         

The result: For the period of 2018 over 143 coaches have attended the foundation coaching “getting started” course in nine sports.                 

The Goal: Continues, that more student coaches entering the “First Steps to Coaching” programme practice their knowledge and skills at the appropriate level. These coaches have been supported by the sports and are coaching in a range of settings both at primary school, college and club level.







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