Ray White Wanganui Sports Awards deferred to 2021

The 2020 Ray White Wanganui Sports Awards and Ray White Wanganui Secondary Schools Sports Awards have been deferred to 2021, with this years successes to be integrated and celebrated at next year’s event, scheduled to take place in November 2021.

To ensure achievements and contribution to sport throughout the Whanganui, Ruapehu and Rangitikei regions over the last year are captured, Sport Whanganui will still be calling for nominations in this qualifying period as per normal. Nominations will open on Monday 17th August and close on Monday 30th November. The nomination form will be accessible on the Sport Whanganui website.

Sport Whanganui are excited to announce that there is a new category to be added to the 2021 awards, ‘Masters Team of the year’: for outstanding performance by a team in masters level sport.

Sport plays a key role in maintaining individual health and wellbeing, bringing our communities together and keeping our community strong. It is exciting to see it resume after such challenging times. Sport Whanganui look forward to celebrating all successes in 2021.

If you have any further enquiries, please contact Nicky Malipaard on 06 349 2880 or nicky@sportwhanganui.co.nz

Final week to apply for Sport New Zealand Community Resilience Fund

It is the final week for regional sporting organisations and clubs to apply for the Sport New Zealand Community Resilience Fund.

The team at Sport Whanganui have been busy facilitating the fund and encourage regional sporting organisations and clubs to apply before applications close on Friday, 19 June at 5.00pm.

The Community Resilience Fund opened on Monday, 11 May to provide relief for struggling sport and recreation organisations affected by Covid-19. The fund covers fixed costs throughout April to June 2020. Regional sports trusts across New Zealand are responsible for administering the fund across their sport and recreation communities.

To date Sport Whanganui have received forty-two applications from sporting organisations around our region totalling over $100.000. We have received applications from a wide range of sports from flying to snow supporting a total membership upward of 6000 people.

Hockey Wanganui is an example sporting organisations that has received financial support and is appreciative of the assistance. Robbie Matthews Operations Manager of Hockey Wanganui says, “The Community Resilience Fund will go a long way to ensuring that we can provide a meaningful hockey season for our community. Covid-19 really hit our organisation as we had used all our reserves upgrading our playing surface last year. Hockey Wanganui is so thankful for the funding support and guidance given by Sport Whanganui in this process”

Sport Whanganui’s CEO Danny Jonas says, “The funding made readily available after such a difficult time has provided enormous relief to many sporting organisations across our region. We are grateful to be in the position to support and rebuild community sport through this fund”.

Organisations can apply for a maximum of $1,000 for clubs and $40,000 for regional bodies. Sport Whanganui’s Business Capability Lead Lucy Newton who has administered the fund for our region says, “It has been a pleasure connecting with grass roots sport offering support where we can.”

Applications close this Friday, 19 June at 5.00pm and the team at Sport Whanganui are available to support with applications face to face, over the phone or via email.

For more information and to apply visit Sport Whanganui’s website www.sportwhanganui.co.nz or contact Lucy Newton for any further enquiries on lucy@sportwhanganui.co.nz or 06 349 2320.

Sport Whanganui Youth Programme Year of Success

Throughout April 2019 Sport Whanganui partnered with NZCT and the Ministry of Youth Development to design and deliver a youth development initiative.
The objective of the Ministry of Youth Development programme was to provide rangatahi with opportunities that contribute to their wellbeing, build resilience and learn new skills.
Throughout the duration of the programme participants were exposed to a range of opportunities including leadership, mentoring, volunteering and sport and recreation activities.

CLICK HERE to read the full article.

iDMe contact tracing for NZ Sport

iDMe contact tracing for NZ Sport

New Zealand sports organisers are required to maintain a contact tracing log to identify individuals who may have come into contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Traditional sign-in methods such as a manual guest book (paper/pen) or touchscreen iPad are not desirable since people don’t want to touch shared items or surfaces. Also, these sign-in methods can be cumbersome when a number of people may congregate within a relatively short space of time, since they can cause queues and delay access.

SPORT NZ ANNOUNCES FURTHER $25 MILLION SHORT-TERM RELIEF PACKAGE

Sport NZ has created a $25 million package to provide further short-term relief for organisations at all levels of sport and active recreation. The funds have been made available through savings achieved from the reprioritisation of Sport NZ’s work programme in the wake of COVID-19, as well as the drawing down on cash reserves.

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SPLASH CENTRE CLOSED

Given the Ministry of Health’s advice today that gatherings of 100 people or more should be cancelled because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we have decided to close the Splash Centre tonight from 8pm until further notice.

Whanganui District Council CEO, Kym Fell has said “We will continue to monitor this situation taken into account all the advice and intelligence we receive and provide updates as and when information becomes available”.

Sport Whanganui Chief Executive Danny Jonas has said, “This Situation is unprecedented in New Zealand and around the world. Please take care of yourselves and you whanau during this time and check in with those around you.This is a time of significant change that’s likely to create some anxiety, which can be particularly hard for vulnerable people in our communities. Lets work hard to look after each other.”

We have not taken this decision lightly but protecting the health of Splash Centre users and staff is our number one priority.

We thank you for your understanding and we will keep you updated.

Recreation Aoetearoa Big Day Out

Recreation Aoetearoa Big Day Out highlights exceptional sport and recreation projects

On Friday, March 1 a selection of sport and recreation community leaders from around the region attended the Recreation Aoetearoa Big Day Out hosted by Sport Whanganui and the Whanganui District Council.

The interactive session was a huge success with an objective to share experiences and challenges in recent sport and recreation accomplishments.

On behalf of the sport and recreation community Sport Whanganui’s General Manager Adam Gosney and Whanganui District Council’s Sport and Recreation Advisor Keith Smith put together a stimulating agenda for the day encompassing a group of presenters championing various sport and recreation successes across the Whanganui region.

Whanganui District Council’s General Manager Leighton Toy initiated the day with an engaging presentation on the recent Masters Games event. Emphasis was put on naming rights sponsor Downer, the economic impact the games brought to Whanganui, connectivity between the Masters Games headquarters and the community and the value of the volunteers who were the life of the games. Leighton also briefly touched on the Velodrome outlining the next steps to which includes engagement of a consultancy firm to compete a quality needs assessment.

The Mountains to Sea suspension bridge was another key achievement co presented by Sport Whanganui’s Community Sport Advisor Jimmy Hildreth and Whanganui District Council’s Park Advisor Rick Grobecker. Discussion points included the funding process, community engagement, NZ Cycle Way scheme and the infrastructure challenges endured throughout the journey.

Whanganui District Council’s Parks Manager, Wendy Bainbridge spoke on the popular swimming spot Mosquito Point and the return of the legendary swing after an absence of two years. Wendy guided the audience through the public engagement process calling for the return of the swing and the new and improved structure and safety requirements.

Sport Whanganui’s General Manager Adam Gosney led an extensive presentation on the Manawatu – Whanganui regional Facility Plan. Emphasis was put on the power of collaboration from central and local government, sport, funding, education and health sectors to develop the plan. “It was a great opportunity to have an interactive session with some of the sport and recreation leaders from across the central north island, the journey and complexity in establishing the facilities plan directly aligned with the theme of the day”, says Adam Sport Whanganui’s General Manager.

The recently built Community Sports House at Springvale Park was another great venture led by Sport Whanganui to which Adam Gosney also spoke to. The development is the number one recommendation of the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Sport Facility Plan with the intention of creating a “home of sport” resulting in long term benefits as well as immediate opportunities for the community.

Sport Whanganui’s Community Sport Manager Jodie Brunger spoke on the recently complete Community Bike Park recognizing key contributors, endorsing the power of working together to create and achieve locally owned visions and goals. Community consultation was another important driver in the completion of the park intensively discussed.

Norman Greubsch from Whanganui District Council’s Infrastructure Group presented on the success and bright future of the Te Tuiaiwi Cycle Corridor development. This venture has been fantastic for Whanganui with six more cycle corridor prospects approved to be completed. Currently Whanganui has 12 kilometers of urban cycle way with further expansion to come – watch this space.

Overall the Recreation Aoetearoa Big Day Out was a great success capturing the vibrant and ever developing sport and recreation projects across the region. Sport Whanganui and the Whanganui District Council would like to thank everyone who contributed towards the success of the day. To find out more about Recreation Aoetearoa visit www. www.nzrecreation.org.nz.

2019 Youth Empowering Sports Squad

Introducing our Youth Empowering Sports Squad for 2019! These students are a link between the student body and ‘Sport in Whanganui’ creating a formal platform for student voice to be heard and influence decisions related to secondary school sport. We are looking forward to working with these student leaders who are really enthusiastic and keen to make a difference!

** Some students missing from the photo.

Community Sports House near completion

Sport Whanganui is delighted to announce that the development of the Community Sports House at Springvale Park is near completion. Prior to the new build, Sport Whanganui purchased two ex Whanganui Masters Games buildings which are now part of the site.

The construction commenced in September 2018 and is due for occupancy in late March 2019. Shane Stone Builders have led the contract and Sport Whanganui is extremely pleased with the result, Sport Whanganui CEO Danny Jonas says, “It has been a pleasure to work with Jack and the team at Shane Stone Builders, the developments have been timely and to a high standard and they have kept us informed on the progress throughout the life of the project”.

The Community Sports House is intended to create a hub for community sport and recreation. Shared services will include IT support, access to health and safety and event management expertise, professional sport and health sector knowledge, reception services, vibrant interaction and collaboration of people and strong connection to Sport NZ through Sport Whanganui.

The Sports House development is the number one recommendation of the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Sport Facility Plan with the intention of creating a “home of sport” resulting in long term benefits as well as immediate opportunities for the community. General Manager of Sport Whanganui Adam Gosney says, “Sport Whanganui are a key tenant of the new hub and see the Community Sports House as further ignition to achieve Sport Whanganui’s vision of Whanganui being an active community participating in physical activity.”

Site suitability was extensively discussed, ultimately factors inclusive of; proximity to the catchment area and potential user groups, social impact – opportunities for integration with community and commercial facilities, visibility of site, accessibility for pedestrians, cyclists, motor vehicles and public transport, zoning regulations and local authority planning rules and restrictions.  An absolute priority is the sports house being accessible and inclusive.

Sport Whanganui’s CEO Danny Jonas states that “The Sports House will initially be home to the Sport Whanganui team and a number of sport organisations with access to sport and health expertise and relative services including hot desks, meeting rooms and video conference facilities”.

Sport Whanganui look forward to the opportunities and collaboration it will bring to the Whanganui region in the future. For further information please contact Sport Whanganui CEO Danny Jonas on, danny@sportwhanganui.co.nz

MITRE 10 MEGA FUTURE CHAMPIONS TRUST FUNDING ROUND OPEN

The Mitre 10 Mega Wanganui Future Champions Trust funding round is now open and will close on the 31st of March. The Trust has the goal to provide financial support to talented young sports people who have the ability to compete at the very highest level in their chosen sport, but may need extra support to achieve their goals.

The Trust is encouraging promising athletes who are in need of financial support to consider applying, with the aim to give our talented sporting youth a “hand up” to reach their full potential at an international level in their chosen sport.

Jack Clifton, a young Whanganui Kayaker and recipient of the Future Champions Trust funding says “The funding that I received from the Future Champions Trust was a massive help to my sporting goals last year, it took a lot of pressure off me and my parents and I was able to concentrate on my training. I feel so proud to be representing a community that is so supportive.”

The Mitre 10 Mega Future Champions Trust has been operating for five years and has granted close to $50,000 to 52 individual athletes assisting them in reaching and achieving at internationally acclaimed events.

Hayden Gibson, owner of Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui, the Trust’s naming sponsor, says: “As a proud local Wanganui business owner we are committed to supporting our community and the Future Champions Trust is a great way to support our youth to become champions, role models and future leaders in our community.”

The Trust encourages athletes interested in applying to visit the website www.futurechampionstrust.org to assess the criteria for the fund, and to access an application form.

Funding rounds are held twice yearly, at the end of March and September with the latest round providing grants to:

Genna Maples — Athletics, selected to represent New Zealand in the Australian All Schools Athletics Championship held in Cairns, Australia in December 2018.

Tayla Brunger — Athletics, selected to represent New Zealand at the Australian All Schools Athletics Championship held in Cairns in December and selected to represent NZ in the Athletics NZ High Performance Relay Squad.

Georgia Bryant —Triathlon, selected to represent New Zealand in the Under 19 age group Triathlon Team at the ITU World Triathlon Champs in the Gold Coast, Australia in September 2018.

Jordan Cohen — Hockey, selected to attend the U18 NZ Hockey camp in New Plymouth in December 2018.

Tara Raj — Golf, selected to compete in the national age group and women’s tournaments within New Zealand and Australia throughout 2018.

All levels of support are appreciated and interested businesses are encouraged to contact The Trust through its website www.futurechampionstrust.org, or phone Philippa Baker-Hogan on 027 272 795.

Whanganui Airport Control Tower Unveiling – Run the Runway Mile

The Run the Runway mile will be held on Sunday 9 December at the Whanganui Airport!

Costs:

Race1 Skateboard – Open to Primary and Intermediate School pupils $5
Race 2 Secondary School Mile Event open to Secondary School Pupils $5
Race 3 Open Mile Race open to all men and women $10
Team of 4 Adults $35
Family Group( 2 Adults and 2 Children) $25

Conditions of Entry

Entry Form

The skateboard race for Primary and Intermediate age participants is not restricted to skateboards. Scooters are acceptable

Late Entries will be accepted up until 15 minutes before the scheduled start of each race. NO LATE ENTRY FEE WILL BE PAYABLE.

Spot Prizes have been donated by a number of firms and organisations as below:

Skateboard / Scooter Race;
Air Chathams (Return Flight to Auckland), Sanitarium (Product Vouchers), MARS Petcare (Confectionery Packs), Mitre 10 MEGA (Gift Vouchers), Wilson Hunting (Camouflage Pack), Stirling Sports (Gift Voucher), Embassy 3 Cinema (Double passes),

Secondary School Student Mile
Air Chathams ( Two Return Flights to Auckland), Sanitarium (Product Vouchers), MARS Petcare (Confectionery Pack),
Wanganui Aero Club (Introductory Flights), Mitre10 MEGA (Coffee Vouchers), Embassy 3 Cimema (Double pass) and Airways NZ

Adult Mile
Air Chathams ( Two Return Flights to Auckland), Wanganui Aero Club (Introductory Flight), Harvey Norman (Microwave, Breville Chopping Boards, Coffee Maker), Mitre10 MEGA (Coffee Vouchers), Whanganui Toyota (WOFs), Pak’n’Save (charcoal barbecues), Embassy 3 Cinema (Double pass) and Airways NZ (Shirts and Bags)

For more information please contact John Henderson on 027 315 1032 or wjohn.henderson@xtra.co.mz

Mitre 10 Mega Future Champions Trust calls for final applications for the September funding round

The Mitre 10 Mega Future Champions Trust September funding round is now open and The Trust is calling for final applications before the round closes on Sunday, 30 September. The Future Champions Trust provides financial support to talented young athletes who have the opportunity to compete at international level in their chosen sport but may need financial assistance to make this possible.

The Trust has now been operating for four years and has granted $44,000 to forty individual athletes assisting them in participating in international events like Olympic and Commonwealth Games, World Cups and other major events in their chosen sport.

Future Champions Trust Chairwoman Philippa Baker Hogan says, “It is great to be able to support the talented young people of our region to follow their dreams. With the centralisation of national sports academies the costs and opportunities for these talented individuals are at times challenging.” The Future Champions Trust encourage all athletes interested in applying to visit the website www.futurechampionstrust.org to access the criteria for the fund and application form. Funding rounds are held twice yearly, at the end of March and September with the latest round providing grants to:

Nathan Luff – Rowing, selected to represent New Zealand in the U21 vs Australia series held in Australia in June 2018.
Jack Clifton – Kayaking, selected to compete for the CRNZ u18 team at the Asia Pacific Regatta in Australia in May 2018 and the Junior World Championship Regatta held in Bulgaria in July 2018.
Liam Lace – Canoeing, selected to compete in the ICF Canoe Sprint Junior World Championships held in Bulgaria in July 2018 and the Asia Pacific Regatta held in Adelaide in May 2018.
Lucas Thompson – Kayaking, selected to compete in the Asia Pacific Regatta held in Australia in May 2018.
James Rountree – Motocross, selected to compete in the Australian Motocross Champs held in Australia in October 2018.
Rebecca Benge – Equestrian, selected to represent New Zealand at the World Championship held in Belgium in August 2018.
Sophie Brooke – Canoeing, selected to compete in the Asia Pacific regatta held in Australia in May 2018.
Drew Brennan – Speed Skating, selected to represent New Zealand in the Oceania’s held in New Zealand in April 2018.

All levels of support are appreciated and interested businesses and people are encouraged to contact The Trust through its website www.futurechampionstrust.org, or phone Philippa Baker-Hogan on 027 272 795 to discuss how support can be provided.