Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


More children use local water playground

9 January 2013

Media Release KiwiSport Ocean Water Sports programme

More children use local water playground

Hundreds more Wellington children are now experiencing ocean water sports in their own backyard … Wellington Harbour.

Through a KiwiSport-funded programme, the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club (RPNYC) is delivering a two-hour ocean water sports introduction in either keelboat sailing, dinghy sailing, kayaking, waka ama or windsurfing to at least 1250 school children during this summer.

Already the introductory ocean water sport sessions have encouraged at least 15 children to sign up for further lessons in dinghy sailing and in the Wellington Ocean Sports Holiday programme which covers a variety of ocean sports.

The Ocean Water Sports project follows a successful contract between the club and Sport Wellington two years ago to introduce keelboat sailing to almost 500 children. Since then RPNYC has partnered with Wellington City Council to encourage more teenagers and adults to ‘have a go’ at ocean water sports during Saturday open days.

By the end of December 924 children had sailed, paddled or windsurfed from the club’s Clyde Quay Marina base or from Freyberg Beach as part of the ocean water sports school programme.

Programme coordinator Matthew Wood says funding from KiwiSport to widen the water sports available gives children across the region a greater chance to experience a new sport in their own backyard.

“We are surrounded by ocean in Wellington so it’s great to give children the opportunity to enjoy these varied water-based sports. We’ve been inundated from schools who want to be involved and have awesome feedback from them,” he says. “It’s fantastic to see children from lower decile schools, who might not normally have the opportunity to get out on the water, have an awesome time out there.”

The RPNYC has partnered with Tunui a te Ika Outrigger Canoe Club, Canoe and Kayak, Wild Winds and the Wellington Windsurfing Association to provide specialist instruction in the different water sports. During the two hour instruction children are also taught basic water safety skills, wind awareness and other skills generic to different ocean water sports. This gave children the opportunity of on-going participation with any of the water sport clubs, says Matthew.

However just travelling to Wellington City and going out on the water is a new experience for some children. Principal of Russell School, Sose Annandale says the programme is of immense benefit for the children from the Porirua school.

“This is a really special trip that is reserved for the final push in the development of our leaders here at Russell School. From here they go out into the big world of intermediate and beyond hopefully to return one day full of pride for their community and the learning journey they began at Russell.

“The challenge of such sports for the children when they are out of their comfort zone gives them a huge sense of 'conquering' their inner fear and in turn enables the thought, trigger or message that they 'can do anything',” she says.

Sose adds that Pasifika children are over represented in water sport mishaps through drowning and poor safety practises on the water. “So safety messages on the boat such as the purpose of the life jacket are powerful messages.”

KiwiSport Manager Peter Woodman-Aldridge agrees. He says the ocean water sports programme has a secondary aim. “Because of our location Sport Wellington sees water safety as a life skill. We emphasise any water-based sports provide water safety skills as well as instruction in the sport. This ties in with our programme Learn to Swim which has taught water skills to thousands of children throughout the Wellington region since 2010.”

KiwiSport aims to increase the number of school-aged children having the opportunity and participating in sports. Through Sport Wellington KiwiSport has invested $2.2 million during the past three years in community-led programmes, enabling more than 109,000 children to participate in sport across the greater Wellington region.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Christchurch Fires: Friday Morning Update

Slightly cooler weather conditions and higher humidity with some light rain having fallen early this morning is welcome relief for emergency services fighting the Port Hills fire in Christchurch..

It has been a quiet night with a few minor flare ups contained by fire crews. Thermal imaging is being used to identify hot spots. There is a lot of work to do to clean up the whole fire area and this will go on for several days.

Te Hapua Welfare Centre remains open with a small amount of people staying there. Nga Hau E Wha Marae and the Selwyn welfare centre have been closed. Police cordons are still in place and these areas are still considered dangerous. The situation is being constantly reassessed and we will provide further information as soon as it is available. More>>

 
 

Turnbull Visit: Leaders’ Talks Cement Trade Relations, Science Agreement

Mr English met with Prime Minister Turnbull in Queenstown today to discuss common approaches to bilateral and international issues, including trade and science and innovation. Mr English also thanked Mr Turnbull for Australia’s offer of support for those fighting the fires on the Port Hills in Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

Youth Guarantee: Upskilling Fund Used For Retraining

News that one in five of the people enrolling in Youth Guarantee already hold qualifications at the level they’re enrolling in highlights the failure of the scheme to reach the disengaged young people it was set up to assist, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What Trump May Mean For Us

So far not much effort has been put into tracing the possible implications for New Zealand of the stream of executive orders and tweets that have been pouring from the Oval Office. Unfortunately, we may not simply be drive-by rubberneckers at this car wreck for much longer. More>>

Pike River Select Committee: Solid Energy Chair Talks Resignation Over Re-Entry

Andy Coupe, chair of failed state-owned coal miner Solid Energy, said at a fiery select committee this morning that he would consider resigning if the government orders the company to re-enter the Pike River coal mine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Candidacy Troubles

So its official. Greg O’Connor will indeed be Labour’s candidate in Ohariu and – as also signaled well in advance – the Greens will not be standing a candidate in the electorate. At this point, you have to question the validity of the Greens’ excuse – “we need to change the government” – for tagging along.... More>>

ALSO:

Post-Shooting Security: Guards Say WINZ Safety Protocols Unsafe

“The safety issue has moved from inside WINZ offices to outside where security guards are isolated in front of locked doors with nowhere to retreat if they need help,” says Len. More>>

ALSO:

PM’s Press Conference: Housing, Housing, Housing

Questions from the gallery focused on housing, asking about the Auckland Unitary Plan, the potential skills and resource shortage and whether NZ would seek help from overseas. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news