Issue 41 : 20 October 2019

Talofa Lava, Kia Orana, Malo E Leilei, Tena Koutou, Hello ...

... and welcome to the latest issue of “For The Love Of The Game”, the official e-zine of the New Zealand Amateur Sport Association Inc. We hope you enjoy reading the articles below. 

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Dynasty Sport Prize Draw Made ...

The winner of the Dynasty Sport Prize Draw as part of the 2019 National Sport Club Survey is the "Burnside Indoor Bowling Club", in Dunedin. The Prize Draw was made by Dynasty Sport’s Wellington Manager, Paul Latham in Wellington on Friday.

(Association Chairman, Gordon Noble-Campbell with Paul Latham, making the Prize Draw)

Burnside Indoor Bowling Club Secretary John Ruxton was delighted to learn that the Club will receive a $500 credit toward the purchase of sporting apparel for the Club's Members. The Association would like to thank all Clubs who entered the Prize Draw and invite them to consider contacting Dynasty Sport when thinking of their next sporting apparel purchase.

"Roll-Up" Continues For Burnside Indoor Bowls ...

Dunedin’s large manufacturing businesses of the mid-20th century were the impetus behind the creation of various community sports clubs, many of which continue today. With large pools of loyal employees, employers such as the Greggs food and beverage factory and the Burnside freezing works provided opportunities for staff to connect socially through sport. The Burnside Indoor Bowling Club was formerly associated with the freezing works, being established in 1958.

(The Burnside Freezing Works, in Dunedin's Kaikorai Valley, closed in 2009, after 126 years)

Over 60 years later, the Club still boasts an active membership, although the sport has suffered from an unfair perception that it is only for “old fossils”, with the number of junior players diminishing in recent years. Burnside Club Secretary John Ruxton joined the Club in the mid-1970’s and has become the mainstay of its continuing operations today.

Burnside is one of 15 indoor bowls clubs which are members of the Otago Indoor Bowls Association. The Association provides an active inter-club programme over the winter months, including the annual "Town vs Country" competition for the “Ron Hollandy Trophy”.

(The Otago Indoor Bowls Association has 15 member clubs)

2019 National Sport Club Survey Seminars ...

The first of the Association’s seminars on the results of the 2019 National Sport Club Survey, in association with Pinnacle Corporation and Dynasty Sport, will be in held in Wellington on Monday, 18 November and in Auckland on Wednesday, 20 November.

The Wellington seminar will be held at Sport Wellington, Level 1, 223 Thorndon Quay, Thorndon between 5.00pm and 6.30pm. The Auckland seminar will be held at AUT’s North Campus, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote at 6.30pm. To register for either of the seminars, please click here and provide your name, contact details and which seminar venue you will be attending.

The Association warmly thanks Pinnacle Corporation, Dynasty Sport and all of its sponsors for their assistance in making the 2019 survey possible, including the team from our specialist technology partner, Expert Services.


Wellington Opens First Community Sports Bank ...

Wellington City Mission’s Ray Tuffin is passionate about the social-good that arises from community participation in sport and sport clubs. This passion has resulted in Ray creating a new community facility, the “Community Sports Bank”, which aims to provide access to sporting equipment for members of the community who ordinarily would not be able to afford to pay for the gear they need to participate.

The Community Sports Bank offers assistance to those that need it, with no discrimination or judgment in terms of those who ask for help. It's intended that "Sports Banks" will be located in numerous locations around the Wellington region. Ray is an Association Member, with the Association fully supportive of Ray’s work in helping to remove the financial barriers to participation in community sport. The first of the new Community Sports Banks was opened at “the hub” in Kilbirnie, earlier this month, with new Sports Banks to be opened in Upper Hutt, Karori, Porirua, Wainuiomata and the Hutt Valley, in November.

(Rongotai MP Paul Eagle with Ray Tuffin, at the opening of the first Community Sports Bank)

“Respect In Sport” Provides Key Leadership Programmes ...

Calgary-based Respect Group Inc. identified that the three most serious issues facing community sport today are "harassment", "intolerance/racism" and "lack of fair play". The organisation also observes that over 70% of children drop out of organised sports by the age of 13. In terms of improving sportsmanship among children, Respect Group suggests that Coaches are mainly responsible, with Teachers and Parents also playing an important role.

In recognition of the above, they have created a “Respect in Sport” programme, along with the Canadian Red Cross, to help protect youth, inform sport leaders and diminish the liability of a sporting organisation. You can read more about the programme, by clicking here.

Noting that one of the most common reasons Coaches, Managers, Officials and Athletes, of all ages, cite for leaving sport is “unacceptable parent behaviour”, a “Respect in Sport Parent Programme” has also been developed to help define a standard of behaviour for all parents and create a more rewarding, safe and respectful environment for everyone involved.

The Respect in Sport programme has become a mandatory compliance element of many provincial sporting organisations, spanning multiple sporting codes, throughout Canada.

From The Archives ...



"The 1940 Centennial roller-skating championships of New Zealand were commenced at the Civic Skating Rink last night. Mr. A. L. Power, president of the New Zealand Roller Skating Association, declared the championships open, and referred to the growth, of the sport throughout the Dominion. Miss Shirley Brien, of Wellington then took the oath of amateurism on behalf of all the competitors.

The grand parade was a colourful spectacle. Pipers led the parade, which consisted of teams from Dunedin, Auckland, Christchurch, Timaru, and Wellington. The high standard of skating in some of the events last night caused the judges to deliberate for a lengthy period before delivering their verdict. The excellent organisation by the officials resulted In all events being run off promptly. R. Blair, Dunedin, was the outstanding skater, winning the quarter-mile speed championship and his heat of the mile speed championship. As the track is fairly short, 28 laps going to the mile, record times could not be expected."

(Christchurch hosted the 1959 World Roller Skating Congress Championships)

First made popular in New Zealand in the 1870’s as “having advantages that no other pastime in which ladies indulge possesses”, roller-skating was considered to exercise both body and mind. The New Zealand Roller Skating Association Inc. was established in Wellington in the 1930s and became affiliated to the English Association in 1939.

(The Deluxe Roller Skating Rink, on Kilmore Street, in Christchurch)

The Association proposed to conduct a centenary skating championship in Auckland in 1940 at the Civic Skating Rink and intended to apply for membership of the New Zealand Olympic Association with the goal of sending skaters to the 1944 Olympic Games, when roller skating was hoped to be introduced to the programme for the first time.

By 1966, there were 33 Roller-Skating Clubs in New Zealand, with over 1,200 registered amateur roller-skaters. Today, “Skate NZ” (the New Zealand Federation of Roller Sports Inc.) is the official controlling body of all Roller Sports in New Zealand.

The Final Word ...

"Professional or amateur, athletes want to see progress."

(Spencer Paysinger - National Football League - New York Giants)

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