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Wellington Phoenix FC have provided a great example of what quality volunteer recognition looks like. Longstanding volunteer, Ken Allen, was celebrated by the club after his volunteering with the Nix came to an end over the weekend. Ken has been volunteering his time on match-days for the past 11 years since the franchise was formed. Volunteers like to feel that the organisation they work at values the work they do. Saying thanks is a simple way to acknowledge volunteers and will lead to better retention and even recruitment. A variety of volunteering resources are available on the Sport Wellington website. www.sportwellington.org.nz/volunteers

Congratulations to the The Exercise Studio Silverstream​ for becoming the first Approved Strength and Balance programme in the Greater Wellington region. They have met the nationally approved evidence based criteria that shows this class will help people keep strong and independent. The class is a circuit class for seniors (60+) focusing on strength, balance and coordination. If other exercise providers or volunteers would like to be involved in this project, please check out the information we have on our Sport Wellington website. www.sportwellington.org.nz/community-strength-and-balance/

Congratulations to the Wellington marching teams for taking out first place in all grades at the North Island Marching Championships held in Wellington over the weekend!

Happy International Volunteer Day! International Volunteer Day (IV Day) is a United Nations led initiative that offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make their contributions visible. One billion people volunteer around the world, all giving their time and skills to improve communities, save lives, fix things that are broken, and bring people together. The work of volunteers across all sport and recreation is a big part of this global movement of volunteers, and has major impact on the wider community. More and more, their work is playing a crucial role in the successes of our sport organisations. So please take the time on IV Day to recognise your volunteers for their work and the impact their work has on your organisation.

We're recruiting! Join the Healthy Lifestyles Team at Sport Wellington as the Strength and Balance Coordinator (Older People). This is an exciting new role where you can positively impact the growth of community exercise classes for older people. Follow the link for more information. https://www.seek.co.nz/job/34966278?type=standout&userqueryid=8378592c46b327a5d751e6abae41dee7-6817231

Sport Wellington recently hosted a leadership workshop which was attended by national and regional leaders from the sport and recreation sector. This was the first workshop to come from the leadership framework that Sport New Zealand, Sport Wellington and the sector have been jointly developing over the past 20 months. The focus was on 'leading my organisation' and 'leading others' and also provided an excellent opportunity for the various sport and recreation participants to network. The learnings from this ‘pilot’ will be included in the other four settings of leadership (leading self - leading teams - leading leaders - governing organisations). The full leadership system will be incrementally rolled out in 2018 and made available to the sport and recreation sector.

It was an absolute privilege to have Olympic gold medalist and current Supreme Halberg winner Lisa Carrington - Athlete share her experiences and insights with young Wellington athletes on the Pathway to Podium and Wellington City Council Sports Talent Development programmes. Contributing to society in a positive way and being a ‘better person’ is very important to Lisa, and she encouraged that this be top of the list for all athletes. This was the fourth seminar held this year as part of the two programmes, both managed by the Sport Wellington Performance Hub.

Don't miss the Earlybird pricing for Cigna Round the Bays 2018! Register before midnight tonight and go in the draw to win 2x return flights to South East Asia with Singapore Airlines! Enter online at www.cignaroundthebays.co.nz #CignaRTB

New Zealand Golf, Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and Paralympics New Zealand are excited to host EMPOWER Golf, an Australian based not-for-profit founded by James Gribble. After an accident that led to him being quadriplegic, he used golf to enhance his recovery and has a mission to inspire more people who have a disability to play the game and educate the industry to make their spaces more accessible for those with a disability. Boulcott's Farm Heritage Golf Club are hosting this event on Friday 1st December, 2-4pm - see image for more information.

Wellington Phoenix FC want to hear from you about an incredible sporting volunteer who goes above and beyond to deliver sport in the Wellington community. Nominate a community sports hero who deserves recognition from a wider audience and they could receive a hospitality package at Wellington Phoenix vs Melbourne Victory, big screen recognition and a half-time interview on the pitch. For more info please follow the link below.

Wainuiomata Sportsville in conjunction with Wainuiomata Community Hub are a offering FREE to attend after-school sports programme called Active Hour. These fun and social sessions will run every Monday afternoon, 3.45pm-5pm, until the end of term offering different sports each week!

We had a very special guest in the office this morning - New Zealand Kiwis coach David Kidwell! David came to show his appreciation to all of the volunteers contributing to the Rugby League World Cup, including our own Volunteer Strategy Senior Advisor Ken Allen. The Kiwis are up against Fiji this Saturday at Westpac Stadium in a huge quarter-final clash, you don't want to miss this one! #TeIwiKiwi #RLWC2017 #NZLvFIJ

A 3x3 basketball event is being held this weekend at the ASB Sports Centre to help raise funds for Wellington basketball legend Kenny McFadden who is fighting kidney disease - spread the word! Join the Facebook event here: www.facebook.com/events/142636319803159/ Register here: http://www.123contactform.com/form-3054771/Kenny-Mac-3x3-Tournament-Registration-Form

The Kiwis are holding an open training session in Porirua tomorrow, head along to show your support for both the Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns as they compete in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. There will be merchandise giveaways and a chance to win lots of prizes including flights, accommodation and tickets to the RLWC2017 semi-final!

Don't miss your chance to come along to the ACC New Zealand Paralympics New Zealand Open Day this Saturday at the ASB Sports Centre - 10am-3pm, FREE to attend! Find out about Para sport opportunities in your area, get amongst the action and meet Paralympians Sophie Pascoe, Mary Fisher, Kate Horan and Para athlete Libby Leikis. To find out more http://bit.ly/2hO9b5p #OpenDaysNZ #SpiritofGold #Paralympics Parafed Wellington

 

 

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