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Maggie and Maya are two of our Wellington Pathway to Podium athletes. Good luck!!

We totally agree with Cigna's Healthy Life Tip! Check out our post this morning about the September Wellington Buggy Walks

Keep an eye on our monthly buggy walks within the Wellington region!

Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors of the 2017 WHG Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards. With 720 attendees it was a fantastic night celebrating regional sporting success. Check out the highlights video and tag people in the comments if you see them. bit.ly/highlightsSPOY2017

Great work by Nick Willis from Lower Hutt making up a number of places over the closing stages of the World Champs 1500m race, finishing eighth in 3:36.82. Nick was happy to be placed eighth in the world after surgery and just ten weeks training. We look forward to seeing him compete in the Commonwealth Games, Queensland, Australia in April next year!

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Congratulations to Libby Leikis! One of our Wellington Pathway to Podium athletes at the Word Para Athletics Junior Champs, Libby ran a personal best and a New Zealand record! Running in the under 20 grade, T37 200m, Libby's time of 32.54 seconds broke the NZ record by half a second. Sport Wellington interviewed Libby prior to her leaving and she said "It's really exciting knowing that I'll be wearing the black singlet representing New Zealand, I hope I do it proud." We think you have!

America's Cup winner, Wellingtonian Josh Junior inspired a room full of Pathway to Podium athletes last week. Having represented New Zealand at the 2016 Rio Olympics helped to prepare Josh for the pressure of his first America’s Cup campaign, dealing with the expectations, performing under pressure and remaining composed – whatever the situation! Heading off to skipper in the Extreme Sailing Series in Europe, read more about what Josh is up to here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/95517620/americas-cup-winner-josh-junior-joins-nz-extreme-sailing-team

Congratulations to all of the athletes who recently competed at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Our Wellington athletes performed extremely well and picked up medals in multiple swimming events and the high jump. Lewis Clareburt, winner of the 2017 Emerging Sportsman of the Year at this year's Wellington Hospitality Group Sportsperson of the Year Awards, picked up 7 medals in the pool - 3 gold and 4 silver!

Hutt City Council's Northeast Kids project was a finalist in the 'Sport for Sustainable Cities & Communities Award' at the Beyond Sport Global Awards in New York - well done guys!

We are excited to announce the Wellington KiwiSport Regional Partnership Fund 2015-2018 has opened a new funding round for 2017! We invite schools, clubs, sports and community organisations who have a project or an initiative that provides new or expands sporting opportunities for school-aged children across our region and requires funding to get off the ground. We are holding both an OPEN FUND round and a TARGETED FUND round. Have a look at our latest newsletter for further information of how to apply.

The date for Wellington's iconic fun run and walk has been set - see you at the start line in 2018! #CignaRTB

Sport Wellington would like to congratulate our Deputy Chair, Paula Tesoriero, on being appointed as the next Disability Rights Commissioner for the Human Rights Commission. A former Paralympian, Paula has a high profile in the disability sector where she served as Deputy Chair of the NZ Artificial Limb Service and a Board member of the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation. Sport Wellington Chair, David Clarke says “Paula’s appointment to the the role of Disability Rights Commissioner reflects her significant talents as well as her extensive knowledge and experience in the disability sector. We congratulate her and look forward to supporting her in this next stage of her career." Paula begins her three-year term from the 31st of July.

The Sport Wellington Performance Hub is very excited to announce a new partnership with Les Mills! Les Mills Wellington is now the gym partner of our Performance Hub, giving young athletes access to their world class facilities in both Wellington and Hutt City. Les Mills Extreme - Les Mills Lambton Quay - Les Mills Hutt City

2017 Wellington Hospitality Group Sportsperson of the Year Awards - presented by Sport Wellington. Wednesday 14 June - TSB Bank Arena Congratulations to all of the 2017 finalists and winners!

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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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