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The Sport Wellington staff like a good burger as much as anyone else, especially during VWOAP! So it was great to head out as a team to WHG's bar Munchen on the waterfront and try their Die Königin Burger. Might be something you'd like to do this weekend after sport 😋 #SportWgtnteam Wellington On a Plate

It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to a man selflessly dedicated to Wellington Basketball. Justin Toebes has been involved in the sport for over 4 decades and was the deserved recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Contribution to Sport award. Thoughts are with Wellington Saints and Justin's family.

Kia ora Sport Wellington We were wondering if you could help our two Year 4 classes at Wellesley College in Lower Hutt. We have started a project focusing on mental health. We are doing this to fundraise to buy BIKES!!! for a nearby local school in need, Randwick School. We love bikes too and feel every NZ kid deserves to have their own bike. As we are only allowing people to donate $1 per person, the only way we can succeed is if people help spread what it is we are doing, we were hoping that you may be able to support us by posting a link to our project on your Facebook page to help us get the support we need. This video on our Facebook page will give you a great idea of what we are doing: https://www.facebook.com/donateadollardaynz/videos/540286476366293/ We really are having trouble getting the support our awesome project needs to succeed. If there is anything else you can help us with in regard to our project, or if you need further information, please contact us through Facebook, or you can email us at donateadollarday@wellesley.school.nz Thank you! Classes 4H and 4C Wellesley College Lower Hutt

Well done Tim Robertson!! Silver in the World Orienteering Sprint Championship in Latvia - and New Zealand's first ever medal at a World Orienteering championship. That's impressive.

Ken Allen, Volunteer Strategy Senior Advisor, Sport Wellington volunteering his time on Saturday to speak at the Athletics NZ Cub Connect conference about the importance of volunteers in clubs and making them feel acknowledged and valued.

Multicultural New Zealand would like to invite tertiary students to participate in an International Students Sports Day!! Held at the ASB Sports Centre on the 1st of August from 8:30 am to 3:30pm join them for an action packed day full of fun and games. Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to get involved and play in 5 different sports; - Badminton - Cricket - Futsal - Table Tennis - Turbo Touch Each sport will have their own coaches there to help with skills, rules and coordinating games to ensure everybody gets a chance to get involved. To register go to: https://bit.ly/2Lw8yi6

ACC are looking for talent! They’re filming this Sunday 29 July in Wellington. If you’re a Wellington-based Rugby 7s team, Futsal, Football, or Basketball team attending the AIMS Games and are keen to star in their video, read the post below!

Are you passionate about sport and your community? Then you should apply to join the Sport Wellington Board. Our vision is that "everyone in the greater Wellington region has a life-long involvement in sport and active recreation”. Applications are now invited for up to four roles. For more information and to apply visit our website: http://www.sportwellington.org.nz/vacancies/opening/253

Have you heard of Health Navigator NZ? On Friday our Healthy Lifestyles team attended the 2018 Green Prescription Hui, hosted by Nelson Bays Primary Health. We were excited to hear from Clinical Director Dr Janine Bycoft who has developed a library of health and wellness information for practitioners and the public to access. Check out their website:

Want to join a thriving and passionate organisation making a difference in the greater Wellington? Sport Wellington is looking for an experienced people manager with a track record of leading and empowering others and has energy and enthusiasm, to join our team as the Healthy Lifestyles Manager. If this sounds like you or someone you know, go to: https://www.seek.co.nz/job/36659134?type=standout

On Monday, the 30th of July Shift Wellington City is holding a Shift the Trend workshop. This is an affordable professional development opportunity for anyone with an interest in improving the well-being of young women, including community sport providers, PE teachers & sports coordinators. Click on the image for more details, or to register; https://goo.gl/forms/1xYOkjQ6WaH2mUHN2

Awesome to see so many of our Sport Wellington Active Families taking part in the Magic Mile on Sunday! Not only did they brave the cold, wind and rain to participate, they also managed it with a big smile. Many of our whānau achieved their personal goals including; running half the course, not complaining and completing the run as a family. Ka pai!! 😊

A release last week by Health Minister Dr David Clark shows how our Sport Wellington Active Families team have been working hard to change the lives of over 1,500 children and their families. Participating parents agree how incredible it has been seeing their kids “happier and healthier than ever before” once becoming involved in our programmes. To see why, check out the release and Active Families survey results:

Sport Wellington are on the hunt for an energetic and enthusiastic event professional to join our team! 🎉 Love managing large scale events? We've got the job for you! Check out the link below to find out more about our Event Director position 🤔👍

The Wellington Dragon Boat Festival have announced their 2019 event dates and entries are open now! Don't miss out on New Zealand's biggest Dragon Boat Festival right here in Wellington 💪🌊

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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 


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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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