Sport Waitaki co-ordinator Kate Cartwright delivered her final report to the Waitaki District Council recently, as she is leaving in July to travel overseas.
John Brimble, chief executive officer of Sport Otago, told councillors Ms Cartwright had brought a huge amount of innovation to the district and that Sport Otago would be sad to lose the skills that she offered.
He acknowledged the huge effort that went into developing and implementing the Rainbow Confectionery Colour Run.
Ms Cartwright has spent two-and-a-half years in the role and said highlights would include the Gentle Exercise Programme, which has seen about 70 people gather on a weekly basis, and the colour run.
“This was held for the first time in 2013 and we succeeded in creating a local event that appealed to a wide range of ages and abilities,” Ms Cartwright said.
“It was certainly a lot of fun and looks set to return in October.”
Asked what challenges face Sport Waitaki, she said everyone should find an activity or sport that truly engages them and strive to improve their skills.
“Within the role, the aim has always been to listen to the needs of the community and to come up with solutions, programmes and events that meet those needs.”
She said there were many barriers stopping people from leading an active lifestyle but most people were aware of the benefits of exercise.
By LINDA MCCARTHY