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Kaibosh Food Rescue is the official charity partner for Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays. Learn more about how they're reducing food poverty & food waste in the Wellington region.

Just beyond our backyard, waiting to be explored, lays a trail of hundreds of hikes, bikes, walking and horse riding tracks. Take a step into nature and be rewarded with epic views and wild landscapes. Find your Wild: www.WellingtonRegionalTrails.com 📸 cred: Jay French

We celebrate volunteers every day but in light of International Volunteer Day we want to celebrate our Volunteer Senior Advisor Ken Allen who received a Kiwibank Local Hero Award earlier this week! Congratulations Ken! Ken is not only the Volunteer Senior Advisor here at Sport Wellington, he's also a Board Trustee of Wellington Community Trust and the Newtown Community & Cultural Centre Ken is an active and highly respected volunteer in the Wellington community who talks the talk and walks the walk. For 24 hrs weekly he provides guidance, leadership and resources for Sport Wellington in developing and furthering relationships in sport. In the rest of his time, his numerous volunteer commitments have ranged from establishing the Newtown Ethical Lending Trust, Kaibosh Food Rescue, local league netball refeering, football club administration to a leadership roles as a Board Trustee of the Wellington Community Trust. Ken is 100% an unsung hero in the community. His integrity, passion and compassion for helping is the fabric of his character. He is a master of the art of "a quiet word" to help someone, offer support or advice or some guidance. As an unsung hero, it is very fitting for him to be recognised as a local hero.

Hutt City Council leading the way swapping fast food vouchers for swim passes 🙌🏼🏊‍♂️🏊‍♀️

All the best to Mary Fisher - Paralympic Swimmer with her retirement from competitive swimming. She has been an absolute inspiration to Wellingtonians and beyond.

Celebrating a year of many successes through 2018 at our annual Stakeholder Christmas function. Thank you to all who have supported Sport Wellington this year.

Perfect Swim Conditions forecast - City2City swim: Light winds, tail tide (incoming) and warm conditions are heading our way. Sign up for the swim between Wellington and Lower Hutt Cities. Sat 1st December Swim Distances - 5 km & 7 km * swimming iconic Wellington locations * setting and achieving unforgettable swim challenges * having fun along the way * being able to finish and say you swam between Wellington and Lower Hutt cities!! Bring it on!! Registration:

Change is being driven from the ground up, but sports bosses believe more women are needed in leadership to champion equality in sport.

Shift the Trend workshops provide a deeper look at the 2017 case study undertaken by Shift. This three hour interactive group session will take a 'what & how to' approach, provide Shift tips and tricks, practical examples and design principles the Shift crew use.

There's a lot more to Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays than just a fun run. We are super proud to be the organisers of this epic event and are passionate about what it gives back to our community. So come on, #GETINVOLVED Huge thanks to Firetale for putting this together for us

Give walking netball a go! Netball Wellington Centre

Were you at the Corporate Challenge 5K last night? Check out our Sport Wellington team showing off the Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays 2019 tees 😍

Did you know that Sport Wellington is the lead agency for Community Group Strength and Balance - Wider Wellington Region? This means we are responsible for growing access to classes that target strength and balance such as those in the Live Stronger for Longer national initiative 💪💪 Checkout https://www.livestronger.org.nz/ for more info 💪💪

Here's to women and girls getting moving with confidence and being proud to do things THEIR WAY! Like, share and tag your friends and family to join the movement! Written by Virginia Butler & Allen Salmon Performed by Gin Wigmore Published by Native Tongue Music Publishing and Peermusic obo The Bicycle Music Company Licensed courtesy of Universal Music New Zealand Limited Videographer: Joe Hitchcock

If you're thinking about registering for Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays, today is the best day to do it! You've got until midnight tonight to get $5 off your entry fee using the PACESETTER19 code! You'll also go in the draw to win 1 of 5 Pacesetter prize packs. Register here: http://bit.ly/2CSIjNW

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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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