One month into the job, Sport Waitaki regional coordinator Kate Holland is pleased to see the strong participation numbers in the younger age group of North Otago.
“The success of local sports in North Otago this year is due to the hard work and commitment of our young people, as well as their families and coaches,” Holland said.
The arrival of the new swim coach at the Waitaki Aquatic Centre has yielded positive early results for the Oamaru Swim Club.
At the recent Timaru Winter Swim meet, 17 swimmers achieved 64 personal bests and brought home 24 medals.
“The dedication of our local swimmers is reflected in their success, and makes them role models for younger children learning to swim.”
Holland is also enthusiastic about getting the Waitaki District’s young people into new or different sports. Looking towards to summer season, Holland hopes to see more local children enjoying being active.
“It is exciting to see different sports being offered to young people around North Otago,” she said.
One way of young people trying out new sports is to take part in ‘have a go’ programs offered during the school holidays.
Holland explains that “The Active Kids Holiday Programme held at the Waitaki Community Recreation Centre is very popular. It offers a fun, enjoyable environment for children aged 5 – 12 to try out sports offered in the coming season”.
The Waitaki Aquatics Centre and Sport Waitaki are also developing a water based holiday program to be run for the first time in the October school holidays.
This program will offer intermediate aged children the chance to try sports such as water polo, underwater hockey, underwater rugby, springboard diving and some basic water safety skills delivered by expert coaches.
It is envisaged that offering young people the opportunity to try out new sports will develop and build participation at the high school and club level. There are also school holiday block swim lesson available through the October Holidays.
For more information on this or any other sports, contact Kate at Sport Waitaki on 434 9379.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY
LOVING IT: Sport Waitaki regional coordinator Kate Holland has loved the first month of her job.