Check out what’s going on at our local sports clubs these holidays!
Gisborne Gymnastics Club
Open Holiday Gym Fun (4-13 years)
When : Monday 28th, Wednesday 30th, Monday 5th & Wednesday 7th: 9am – 12pm, Friday 2nd & Friday 9th: 12-3pm
Cost: $10 per child
Open Preschool Gym (babies to 5 years)
When: Every Friday: 9.30am – 11am
Cost: $7 per child
Tumbling Junior Girls 8-11years Holiday Course
When: Thursday 1st & 8th: 1-2pm
Cost: $30 per course
Tumbling Senior Girls 12years+ Holiday Course
When: Thursday 1st & 8th: 2-3pm
Cost: $30 per course
Fit, Kick & Trick 12years+ Holiday Course
When: Friday 2nd & 9th: 4-5pm
Cost: $30 per course
Self Defence For Girls & Women 12years+ Holiday Course
When: Friday 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd: 5.30-6.30pm
Cost: $60 per course
Avenger Boys Training
When: Tuesday 29th: 5.30-6.30pm, Thursday 1st, Tuesday 6th & Thursday 8th: 4.30-6pm
Cost: $5 an hour
Mums Getting Active Again
When: From the 18th, every Friday: 11.15 – 12pm
Cost: $7 per session
Poverty Bay Hockey & Cricket
When: 8:30am – 3:30pm each day
Yr 3 & 6: Tuesday 6th and/or Wednesday 7th October
Yr 3 & 6 cost: $65 for one day or $110 for two days
Yr 7 & 8: Thursday 8th October
Yr 7 & 8 cost: $65
Gisborne Netball Centre
Year 3 & 4 – Tuesday 29th September
Year 5 & 6 – Wednesdays 30th September
Year 7 & 8 – Thursdays 1st October
When: 10am – 2pm
Cost: $20 per day
Contact: Cristal Kemp – 0212351673 – email@example.com
Age: 5 – 13 years
When: Different activities for each day of the week
Cost: $50 per child or $100 per family
Breakaway Youth Basketball Development Programme
Age: 10-12 years
When: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the school holiday period
Register online here or pick the forms up from YMCA
Skill Development Day
When: Thursday 1st October – 9am – 2.50pm
Where: Illminster School
Age: 7 – 12 years
When: Monday 5th – Thursday 8th October – 9am – 2.50pm
Where: Illminster School
Age: 7 – 12 years
Cost: $100 for four days
Register via MyComet
Comet Swimming Club
Where: Olympic & Elgin School pools
Week One: Monday 28th – Friday 2nd October
Week Two: Monday 5th – Friday 9th October
Cost: $50 per week for 5 x 30-minute lessons
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 06 867 0698
Following the disruption caused by COVID-19, and the Government’s advice to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti has decided to defer the Bronwyn Kay Agency Sporting Excellence Awards until 2021.
Unfortunately, our environment is ever-evolving and there is too much uncertainty at this time to reschedule the annual event for later on this year.
The prestigious awards offer our region the opportunity to acknowledge and pay tribute to the many fine sporting achievements by the sporting community over the last 12 months.
A key component of the Awards is the generosity from all of our sponsors. We would like to thank all of our local sponsors for their continued support and understanding.
Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Chief Executive Stefan Pishief said ‘It is not a decision that we took lightly, as we know that our sports awards are a community highlight, and we have so many great athletes, volunteers, and providers of sport that deserve to be recognised for their outstanding achievements and contributions. However, we do need to ensure the safety of our community.’
The impact of COVID-19 disrupted the qualifying period where athletes, teams, clubs, and coaches could showcase their talents.
Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Event Lead Debbie Hutchings said ‘as a result of the cancelled 2020 Sports Awards, the revised qualification period for the 2021 event will extend to include achievements obtained from July 2019 through to June 2021. We are mindful that some individuals and teams obtained incredible results prior to COVID and so we need to ensure there is an opportunity to celebrate these successes’
At Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti we understand how frustrating this must be for our community. However, we are planning to be able to come together and celebrate an even more extensive range of our region’s sporting achievements in November of next year.
SPORT New Zealand along with five major sports (Cricket, Football, Hockey, Netball and Rugby) has announced they are collectively taking a stand to bring the fun back to sport for our tamariki.
There is an overemphasis with Primary and Intermediate aged children on winning and early specialisation which is what is turning many of our young people away from playing sport.
Stefan Pishief, Chief Executive of Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti says he fully supports Sport NZ’s announcement. He says, “I think it can be a game-changer for sport in our community.”
“We all have a role to play as parents, caregivers and/or coaches to encourage our young people to experience a variety of sport, rather than concentrating on one too early on.”
“This isn’t about reducing opportunities as talented children will still be able to thrive, but rather this is a movement based on long-term research, best practice and evidence.”
Nic Hendrie, Poverty Bay Cricket Association Operations Manager says the announcement is exactly the sort of initiative they are trying to promote.
Gisborne Netball Centre (GNC) has led the way by ending their year 7 and 8 representative teams in 2018. Kate Faulks, GNC Board Chair says, “We as adults need to be constantly reminded that the number one reason girls and boys play netball in New Zealand is for fun – this includes the top highly skilled players too.”
The Poverty Bay Rugby Football Union has also made a number of changes to its development programmes over the past couple of years, including shortening the junior club rugby season, removing the Under 13 representative team and changing the McDonalds Under 13 tournament to include a skills and coach development module.
Josh Willoughby, Poverty Bay Rugby Football Union Chief Executive says, “We’ve seen an increase in player numbers this year and feedback from our annual survey suggests an improved experience and environment.”
“We need to make sure we’re providing the best possible experience for children in our region. Finding the balance between having fun and winning can be difficult, but by putting the needs of young people first we can make sure they will have fun and develop their skills.”
Mr Pishief says the more young people we get participating in sports means a healthier Tairāwhiti and more young people reaching their full potential as adults.
It’s Men’s Health Week, so in the spirit of getting men talking about their health, here’s an inspiring story from one of the clients of our Green Prescription programme:
Steven used to spend a lot of time sitting, having sad thoughts. He was anxious and suicidal. In January of 2018, Steven’s doctor suggested a Green Prescription. “I was really nervous at first and it took a lot to go in [to the appointment] but once I did it was okay, Tori explained everything”.
At their first meeting Tori could see that Steven was determined to find a way to be happier. Together they talked about things that would help and developed a bit of a plan that he could follow. Today, Steven is a regular at the pool and continues to walk often. He feels happier, more proactive and understands his illness better.
“The older people in aqua are funny, mischief and likeminded.” “It’s nice to talk to people. I was shy before, I wouldn’t talk to anyone.”
Tori is so pleased for Steven, she has noticed so many positive changes. “He is the one who chats with new people who come to class, he helps them feel welcome and at ease”. “He smiles a lot, it’s such a great smile!”
When asked what he would tell others Steven says emphatically “just give it a go, definitely, just try it!”
The organising committee for the Tairāwhiti Māori Sports Awards 2019 have announced that the event will be held on 21 September at Te Poho-o-Rāwiri Marae in Gisborne.
Previously known as the Tūranganui-a-Kiwa Māori Sports Awards, this annual event was first held in 1994 and was the first regional Māori sports awards event to be held in the country.
The Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the success of our Māori sporting community, to further support their talent and to bring out the best in our athletes. It also provides opportunities for athletes to be recognised by talent scouts, which can lead to further sporting opportunities possibly through a national link and/or beyond which would then lead to better coaching and development opportunities.
The Chair of the organising committee, Athena Emmerson-Kapa says, “Our goal is to ensure that Māori athletes from this region can have access to the same opportunities as top NZ athletes do. It’s an important opportunity for our community to recognise the amazing sporting talent that exists in the Tairāwhiti region.”
The organising Committee for the Awards includes representation from Te Rūnanga o Tūranganui a Kiwa, Tāmanuhiri Tūtū Poroporo Trust, Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust, Te Rūnanganui o Ngati Porou, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti and community members.
“We have a good cross representation of local organisations and iwi involved and we all have a common goal which is to ensure Māori sport achievement is promoted and recognised in the Tairawhiti region” says Ms Emmerson-Kapa.
The committee are now looking for all expressions of interest from sponsors.
There are 12 award categories in this year’s awards.
Winners of the Awards will be eligible to be considered for nominations in the National Maori Sports Awards and the Bronwyn Kay Agency Sporting Excellence Awards being held in November. Nominations for the Awards are now open and must be received by 5pm 12 July 2019.
Click here to download the nomination form