Gifting of bikes strengthens partnership

Sport Whanganui and the YMCA continue to form a strong partnership leading to positive outcomes for the community. An example of the partnership was the recent gifting of a fleet of bikes to the YMCA.

Sport Whanganui used to be in the delivery space, employing a Bike Development Officer whereby a focus was upon bike safety. The fleet of bikes was crucial to support bike safety programmes based from Sport Whanganui.

Recently Sport Whanganui changed their mandate and there is no longer a focus upon bike delivery. The fleet of bikes therefore needed a new home and the partnership between Sport Whanganui and the YMCA enabled the opportunity for Sport Whanganui to gift the bikes to the YMCA who have a strong focus upon delivery and bike safety.

YMCA’s Operation Manager Scott Tunnicliffe is appreciative of the partnership and gift stating “The bikes have already seen a huge amount of use locally and at Camp Raukawa. Being next-door to the pump track and learn to ride course has meant users have a safe environment to develop their bike skills.” Both Sport Whanganui and the YMCA would like to thank The Four Regions Trust for providing the funding to purchase the bikes.

Sport Whanganui’s General Manager Adam Gosney is excited about the future partnership opportunities with the YMCA and Springvale Park, “Scott and I are in regular contact identifying and discussing ways the YMCA and Sport Whanganui can work together for the benefit of the community”.

The Whanganui District Council Sport and Recreation strategy recommendation to develop Springvale Park as a regional sports hub greatly relies upon collaboration. This partnership is a fine example of community collaboration benefiting in this case young people’s bike safety.

Pedal for Pleasure cycling event caters for all abilities!

The Ward’s Furniture Pedal 4 Pleasure cycle event is back! The Marton Rotary event, supported by Sport Whanganui and sponsored by Wards Furniture will be held this Sunday (18th of March) in Marton. This longstanding event goes back 20 years, when the Marton Rotary started a cycle group which has since flourished into a major event on the Marton sporting calendar.

Last year the event was a great success with over 100 participants cycling the beautiful Rangitikei pathways. The funds raised from the day will again be donated to Marton Rotary youth programs.

The Pedal 4 Pleasure event is aimed to give people of all abilities the opportunity to participate with three distances to select from – 15km, 40km and 80km. Event organiser Marie Kinloch from Sport Whanganui encourages people of all ages and fitness levels to consider entering, “The event is an awesome opportunity for families, novice riders and competitive people to take part in a wonderful bike ride around the scenic Rangitikei”.

The three courses are as follows:
McVerry Crawford Motors 80km Long Course: Includes Makohau, Waimutu Roads, plus Galpins, Warrens, Griffins, Jeffersons, Leedstown, and Tutaenui Roads.
BJW Motors Ltd 40km ride Medium Course: This course involves the Makohou and Waimutu Roads circuit.
The Downs Group 15km Ride Short Course: Family friendly, this heads around Fern Flats and Bryces Line.

The sponsor of the event, Wards Furniture are very pleased to be involved. They have provided a Lazyboy Chair as the main spot prize on the day, which will be awarded after the event at the Marton Rugby Clubrooms.

Check in and bib collection will be from 7.30am – 8.30am at Marton Park, Follet Street Marton on field 1 under the Mc Verry Crawford Marquee. South Makirikiri School will be onsite with delicious barbeque food that will be available for purchase on the day.

To enter the event go to http://www.sporty.co.nz/pedal4pleasure for more information please contact Andrew Shand from Marton Rotary Club on 06 327 6513 or Marie Kinloch Event organiser on 027 440 9305.

Mitre 10 Mega Future Champions Trust funding round open

The Mitre 10 Mega Wanganui Future Champions Trust funding round is now open and the Trust is welcoming applications. The Trust provides financial support to Wanganui’s talented young sports people who have the ability to compete at the very highest level but may need some extra 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 with a “hand up” to reach their full potential at an international level in their chosen sport.

The Mitre 10 Mega Future Champions Trust has now been operating for four years and has granted $37,000 to 34 individual athletes assisting them in reaching and achieving at internationally acclaimed events like Olympic and Commonwealth Games, World Cups and other major events in their chosen sport.

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:

Liam Back – Cross Country, selected to compete at the NZ Secondary Schools World Cross Country Champs being held in Paris, France in April 2018.
Jordan Cohen – Hockey, identified to attend the U18 NZ Hockey Squad selection training in New Plymouth, NZ.
Genna Maples – Athletics, selected as part of the NZ Secondary Schools track and Field team to compete at the Australian Athletics Nationals held in Australia in December 2017.
Tara Raj – Golf, Competing in women’s Open and U19 NZ Tournaments in NZ & Australia. Fergus Smith – Golf, selected to attend the University in Iowa, USA to assist with and enhance his Golfing career.

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.

 

Marton Foodbank charity for the Mitre 10 Marton Triathlon

The Mitre 10 Marton Triathlon organising committee are delighted to announce that all entry fees for this year’s event will be kindly donated to the Marton Christian Welfare to support the local Marton Foodbank. The Marton Christian Welfare has been operating for 42 years, with major support from church communities and the Mayor.

The organisation has over 50 passionate volunteers all willing to give up their valuable time to help the community and have done so for many years. In 2017 the Marton Food bank supported approximately 80 families over the festive holidays in Marton.

Sarah Vickers, who has been involved in the organisation most of her adult life says, “It is great to be involved in the Mitre 10 Marton Triathlon and help the Marton community to utilize local facilities such as the Marton swim center and Rangitikei college”.

The outcome of the Marton Foodbank is to help the community by networking, collaborating and building relationships with local oragnaisations for the benefit of the Marton community.
Event organisers would like to encourage all participants to donate a can of food, cleaning orhealth products to go towards a hamper which will also be donated to the Marton Food bank.

Registrations for the event are now open, to register go to http://www.sporty.co.nz/mitre10martontriathlon/Entries-1/Enter-online. The event caters for all ages and skill levels offering a short and medium course, registrations close on the 4th of March.

For more information about the Mitre 10 Marton Triathlon please contact Marie Kinloch on 06 349 2327 or email marie@sportwhanganui.co.nz

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Mitre 10 Marton Triathlon offers New Business House challenge

The date is set and registrations are open for the second Mitre 10 Marton Triathlon at Rangitikei College on the 11th of March. This year Mitre 10 and Sport Whanganui are delighted to introduce the new Business House team event, giving local businesses the opportunity to put together a team and be involved in a fun corporate challenge.

Organisers are calling out to all local businesses to enter a team into this exciting new category. It is a great chance to get colleagues together and challenge other businesses and friends outside of the normal team building activities. To enter businesses must put together a team of 3 and will participate in the medium course consisting of a 200 meter swim, 12km bike and a 4km run. A trophy will be given to the winning Local Business team on the day.

Sport Whanganui and Mitre 10 Marton have a goal in mind to grow local business participation. Marie Kinloch, Event Coordinator says, “The new business house challenge is a fun way for businesses to be involved in a community event. Last year was a great day and we hope to see plenty of local people enjoying themselves again at the second Mitre 10 Marton Triathlon.”

If your business is interested in entering a team please go to www.sporty.co.nz/mitre10martontriathlon/Entries-1/Enter-online. The cost to enter is $10 per team and registrations close on the 4th of March.

The event caters for all ages and skill levels, for those wanting to enter as individuals the event will again offer a short and medium course option to choose from.

For more information about the Mitre 10 Marton Triathlon please contact Marie Kinloch on 06 349 2327 or email marie@sportwhanganui.co.nz

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Taumarunui community flourish at Fastest Kid on the Block event

The Taumarunui community embraced the recent Fastest Kid on the Block event. The finals were hosted by Sport Whanganui. Taumarunui Youth and Community Trust have partnered with Sport Whanganui to help assist in sport, recreation and cultural activities across the Taumarunui community and this series was a great example of the success of this partnership.

Overall the event saw five neighborhoods and 3 regions competing for the title of the Fastest Kid on the Block. Along with Taumarunui, Taihape and Rangitikei held their heats at their local Christmas Parade in December and the grand final took place at Cooks Garden in conjunction with the Cooks Garden Classic on the 23rd of January.

For the Taumarunui community the day was a great success, not only because of the results achieved but the opportunity this event gave them. The children and families made the most of it to showcase the culture and talent of ‘little old Taurmarunui’. Amy Perez, Manager of TYCT says “Seeing the looks on children’s faces when they crossed the finish line was priceless, also watching the parents realise our local kids have some speed and skills”.

The Cooks Classic took place after the Fastest Kid on the Block races which was a Commonwealth Games qualifying event which gave the participants a chance to watch firsthand top New Zealand athletes in action. Many of the events showcased at this high-profile event are not offered in Taumarunui due to limited resource so being able to watch this was a great exposure for the children, “Our kids were in ore of watching them, one day we hope to offer our kids the equipment and resources to offer things such as high jump, triple jump and hurdles at our local athletics”, says Manager of the TYCT Amy Perez.

Overall it was great event for all and a true example of the positive work the collaboration between the Taumarunui Youth Community Trust and Sport Whanganui brings. The partnership will continue to grow and develop to achieve TCYTs goals and vision for the future.

Results for Taumarunui Fastest Kid
Under 9 girls – Rikki Marshall 5th
Under 9 Boys – Toby Collier 1st
Under 11 Girls – Libby Street 2nd
Under 11 Boys – Bradley Tocker 2nd

For more information on please contact Amy Perez, admin@taumarunui-yct.com 07 895 8928.

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Mitre 10 Mega Future Champions Trust funding round open

The Mitre 10 Mega Wanganui Future Champions Trust funding round is now open and the Trust is welcoming applications. The Trust provides financial support to Wanganui’s talented young sports people who have the ability to compete at the very highest level but may need some extra 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 with a “hand up” to reach their full potential at an international level in their chosen sport.

The Mitre 10 Mega Future Champions Trust has now been operating for four years and has granted $37,000 to 34 individual athletes assisting them in reaching and achieving at internationally acclaimed events like Olympic and Commonwealth Games, World Cups and other major events in their chosen sport.
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:
Liam Back – Cross Country, selected to compete at the NZ Secondary Schools World Cross Country Champs being held in Paris, France in April 2018.

Jordan Cohen – Hockey, identified to attend the U18 NZ Hockey Squad selection training in New Plymouth, NZ.

Genna Maples – Athletics, selected as part of the NZ Secondary Schools track and Field team to compete at the Australian Athletics Nationals held in Australia in December 2017.

Tara Raj – Golf, Competing in women’s Open and U19 NZ Tournaments in NZ & Australia.

Fergus Smith – Golf, selected to attend the University in Iowa, USA to assist with and enhance his Golfing career.

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.