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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/

Does your child love riding their bike? BMX could be the perfect sport for them to try this summer! Get in touch with one of these local clubs for more information: Capital BMX - Hutt Valley Thunderbolts BMX Club - Kapiti BMX club - Wainuiomata BMX

Board Intern position available In partnership with Sport New Zealand, Sport Wellington is offering a twelve-month Board Intern position. Essential requirements are a love of sport, a desire to make a real difference to your community, and experience or an interest in governance. Follow the link for more information: www.sportwellington.org.nz/vacancies/opening/206

Are you a Touch coach looking to develop your coaching skills? Wellington Touch Association and Touch New Zealand are delivering a Foundation Level 1 Practical Coaching course on October 20 at Pelorus Trust Sports House in Lower Hutt. Find more info and register at www.touchcoachconnect.co.nz

Did you know that we have 7 Surf Life Saving clubs in the greater Wellington region? Along with being a sport in its own right, Surf Life Saving is a great chance for kids to learn about beach safety and build confidence in and around the water. Find more information within Sport New Zealand's latest post on summer sports for kids aged 5-8.

Did you know that we have 7 Surf Life Saving clubs in the greater Wellington region? Read up on how kids can get in… https://t.co/mizBtFZ9MC

Expressions of interest for the 2018 Wellington City Council Talent Development Programme are now open. Funding is available to sporting bodies or individuals within your organisation to provide support for aspects of your talent development programme. Expressions of interest forms are available from the Sport Wellington Website www.sportwellington.org.nz/application-forms-and-samples/ Applications close on October 20th. Contact Mark Watson – Performance Hub Senior Advisor: markw@sportwellington.org.nz with any questions.

The new Hydrotherapy pool at Huia Pool in Lower Hutt provided our Healthy Lifestyles team with an exciting opportunity to get the residents enrolled in the Green Prescription (GRx) programme to make the most of it! A group of over 40 people came together to do weekly aqua aerobic classes in the new pool and learnt some interesting facts about nutrition, including portion control and mindful eating. It's important to be aware and mindful of your eating by tuning into feelings of being full or hungry, learn about keeping in touch with your hunger and fullness signals here: http://www.sportwellington.org.nz/assets/Healthy-Lifestyles/Newsletters/August-support-letter-2017.pdf

Keep an eye out for Sport New Zealand's upcoming series of articles exploring summer sports for 5-8 year olds. The first edition highlights T-Ball and includes a brief overview of the sport, what gear is required and information on how to get involved.

@SportNZ are highlighting summer sports for kids 5-8 and how to get involved - check out the first installment: T-B… https://t.co/AbGwF9lE0n

Get involved with the first ever BrainStorm 2017 Conference held in Hawkes Bay in November! The conference offers the opportunity to get together with clinicians, consumers and researchers working in the field of Concussion Management from New Zealand and beyond. Registration is available at: www.genevabrainstorm.com

Show some love for the awesome volunteers that make sport happen! Nominate a volunteer and they could win an all-expenses-paid trip to see the Vantage Black Sticks at the Hockey World League Final!

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

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Physical Literacy Approach to Coaching

Wairarapa Coaching Hub Coordinator, Barry Hislop, has been offering his knowledge of physical literacy to support a dragon boat teams effort to prepare themselves for the World Masters Games. If you would like to have a look at his coaching framework, suitable for any age group, please click here.


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At only 22 years of age, Katherine was employed by Wairarapa Cricket as Female Development Officer. In this role she has assisted in reigniting the interest of the sport at grass roots level and been instrumental in increasing the profile of the female game which has been hugely successful. 

However, Katherine is probably more well-known as a hockey player having represented NZ in the U18 and U22 age groups. As a regular supporter of the Hockey Wairarapa Holiday Programme and coach of the high achieving Wairarapa College girls 1st XI, one gets an idea of the impact she is having on the physical activity of hundreds of Wairarapa youth. Click here to find out what motivates her and how she uses that to motivate others.

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Student Coaches Training Day

 The first Student Coaches Training Day took place on the 9th of May. As part of the KiwiSport funded Wairarapa Coaching Hub initiative, 27 students from four Masterton secondary schools attended this introductory coaching course organised by Sport Wellington Wairarapa.

The course comprised of two sessions; session one was a generic coaching course while session two was sport specific. Three codes were represented on the day: basketball, football and netball.

Sport Wellington Wairarapa interviewed three students from Wairarapa College about their experiences on the day as well as their influences and coaching plans for the future. Click here to find out what Shakia Baird, Tai Apiata and Keanu Karaitiana plans are for their future involvement in sport.


Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator

Sport Wellington Wairarapa welcomes Kerewai Tatana to their team. Kerewai (pictured left) is the newly appointed Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator. She will be working within four programmes providing education, motivation and support to help individuals and families through their “healthy lifestyle change”.

 Kerewai is a born and bred Wairarapa girl and is a busy mother to 4yr old Jamie. She is an avid sportswoman and is working toward becoming a fully certified Personal Trainer. She has a Diploma in Culinary Arts and Level 3 in Health Science.

Kerewai is looking forward to the challenge of her new position and says she "can't wait to be actively involved in working towards a positive change in the community". She will be helping to improve the health and wellbeing of children and adults through free physical activities, nutrition education, cooking workshops, one-on-one consultation and personalised plans that aim to enhance physical, mental and social wellbeing. 

If you would like to know more about the Green Prescription programme please click here or contact Kerewai on 022 010 4077 or kerewait@sportwellington.org.nz.


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Sports House Coordinator

Those walking into the Sport Wellington Wairarapa office will be greeted by a new face. Anna Garnett (picured left) has joined us as the new Sports House Coordinator. Anna is a born and bred Masterton girl and attended Makoura College. She enjoys netball and is back playing Prem 1 after taking a break to have baby daughter, Miika, now 2.

Anna’s main roles are to manage the day to day running of the Sports House and some of the administration of secondary school sport. She is looking forward to working with colleges and becoming more actively involved in the Wairarapa community. Anna will be a great asset to our team.


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College Sport Wellington Secondary Schools Cross Country Champs 2017

 On Wednesday the 31st of May, students from 5 of our colleges from the Wairarapa competed in the College Sport Wellington Secondary Schools Cross Country Champs 2017. There were some good results from Koster Mills, Hugh O’Donohue and Max Spencer from Rathkeale College, Josh Taylor from Wairarapa College and Bianca Green from St Matthews Collegiate who all placed in the top 10 in their races.

Click here for the Wairarapa schools results

Click here for the overall results





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