Issue 62 : 23 August 2020

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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National Sport Club Survey Launch Postponed To 31 August ...

The launch of the 2020 National Sport Club Survey has been postponed until Monday, 31 August. Given the current COVID-19 restrictions applicable to community sport nationally, the Association considers that this slightly delayed timing will work better for sport clubs to be able to engage meaningfully in the survey, (assuming current social restrictions have eased by this date). All clubs on the Association’s database have been advised of the delay.



If your club has not received an update concerning the survey from the Association, please contact us as soon as possible, by clicking here.


Viewpoint: “What Money Can’t Buy” ...

In his 2012 book on “the Moral Limits of Markets”, Harvard’s Michael Sandel notes that “the logic of buying and selling no longer applies to material goods alone, but increasingly governs the whole of life”, (including our recreational pursuits). Sandel observes that this has created “inequality” (where affluence influences levels of social engagement) and “corruption” (where attitudes to core values change because of financial incentives or payments). The risk with both of the above factors is that, “market values crowd out non-market values worth caring about”.



In a COVID-19 world, the risks Sandel has identified have become accentuated, particularly where money is used as a blunt-tool to influence attitudes relating to sport's survival. In the case of our local communities, the basis for sport’s organisation is generally centred on shared-values associated with groups of people who have common interests, sometimes based around religion, sometimes around ethnicity and culture, sometimes around local industry, sometimes around geography. The rationale for top-down (government) financial support to ensure sport's survival must be built on these bottom-up considerations.



In both Hutt and Porirua cities in the Wellington region, it has already been identified by local authorities that cost is a barrier to participation in community sport, with family financial hardship impacting the ability of a significant portion of both cities' tamariki and rangatahi to engage in organised community sport. Funding for sport needs to reach families directly.

Sandel observes that the moral risk of market-mentality “requires that we reason together, in public, about how to value the social goods we prize.” This Association stands ready to participate in the discussion, if invited to do so. As government considers the allocation of $265 million to sport's recovery, the moral risks of how this money is spent cannot be under-stated.


"We Sold Our Souls For A Few Dollars" ...

Dylan Cleaver from the "New Zealand Herald" today published a report on the commercialisation of secondary school sport, noting that the perception of secondary school sport as part of sport's high-performance path-way is deeply problematic, “for many who have seen participation numbers fall off a cliff in recent years, particularly in teenage years, and for those who have seen a rapidly increasing number of young sportsmen and women plagued by mental health and identity issues.”


(Sport can be a key contributor to depression and anxiety in teenagers)


Last year, this Association published it's code for youth sport, for voluntary adoption by National Sporting Organisations, noting that “the attraction of sporting careers needs to be well-balanced with the social good that simply comes from being part of a local sports community.” You can download the Association’s "Code for Sporting Youth", by clicking here.



The Herald notes that “the debate over the future of school competitions as a commercial enterprise shapes as one of the defining moments in New Zealand sport's history and opinion tends to fall into two camps: those that believe it is irreparably fraying the country's community sporting bonds versus those who believe it is a pragmatic response to free-market forces.”

You can read Dylan Cleaver’s full report, by clicking here.


Association Joins WISPA For Women & Girls Summit ...

The Association has received (and accepted) an invitation to become a member of the “Participation Programming Groups” for the upcoming “Sport NZ Women and Girls 2020” summit. The objectives of the Programming Groups are to develop the vision, format and content for each day of the three-day conference, based around WISPA’s strategic pillars of: “leadership”, “participation”, and “value and visibility”.



The “Sport NZ Women + Girls Summit 2020” will be a physical-digital hybrid event, run across three afternoons, from 7 to 9 October. The event will mark exactly two years since the Government launched the Strategy for Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation. The strategy will culminate in New Zealand’s hosting of the 8th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport, in May 2022. You can read more about this year’s Summit, by clicking here.


Hastings District Council Waives Fees ...

A week ago, Hastings District Council agreed to waive the fees and charges for one season for each sporting code within its local authority area. (The waiver does not include tournament fees or charges for commercial activities).

Council Public Spaces and Building Assets Manager, Colin Hosford said the council took this action in light of many sports clubs and park users suffering financially due to reduced income streams as a result of COVID-19. “Council has made the decision to have zero charges on the basis and expectation that the regional sports organisations, who manage the park bookings on behalf of the codes, will pass on the savings to Hastings-based clubs.”



In May, this Association wrote to all of New Zealand's local authorities, requesting the waiver of fees as a result of the financial impacts of COVID-19 on community sport.


Club Dissolutions Continue Apace ...

Since COVID-19 became a wide-spread community issue in March 2020, 96 incorporated sports bodies throughout New Zealand have been dissolved by the Registrar of Incorporated Societies.

There are generally two reasons why an incorporated sports organisation is dissolved, either: a. it has agreed to "wind-up", for example resulting from a lack of members, or a merger with another body, (and has applied to the Registrar for this to occur); or the Registrar has determined, (owing to a failure of the incorporated sports organisation to meet its regulatory requirements), that it is no longer operating.



In terms of the 96 organisations dissolved since March 2020, it appears that over two-thirds are still operating, but now without legal status, arising from their dissolution by the Registrar. Earlier this year, the Association sought an assurance from the Registrar that dissolutions arising from technical breaches of the Act, arising from COVID-19 restrictions, would not occur.


(96 incorporated sports organisations have been dissolved since COVID-19 arrived)


“Winter Tournament Week” Decision Postponed Until Monday ...

Given ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 alert levels, School Sport New Zealand (SSNZ) has advised that it “will confirm events, or otherwise, on Monday” concerning Winter Tournament Week (WTW) for secondary schools, which is scheduled to commence on 31 August.



Noting the government’s update on alert levels on Monday, SSNZ advises that “the announcement will have a major effect on the ability to deliver events”, given “the requirements for sport at alert level 2, particularly in relation to contact tracing, mass gathering and social distancing, hygiene and sanitising.”

Annually during WTW, around 20,000 secondary school students participate in inter-school sport competitions and tournaments, throughout New Zealand. This year, some events have already determined that either they cannot safely deliver an event compliant with COVID-19 requirements or that for other reasons, the event is not viable.


From The Archives ...

ATHLETIC NOTES

NEW ZEALAND MAIL, ISSUE 1659, 16 DECEMBER 1903

“Harry Goodwin, the plucky little Wellington heel-and-toe exponent, who has been in retirement for a couple of seasons has commenced training again and will represent Wellington in the walks at the New Zealand amateur athletic championship meeting. He is said to be likely to get back to his best form, in which case he should be hard to beat, with Dave Wilson out of the way, as a few seasons ago the Aucklander was his only superior, and no amateur walkers have since come to the front who could beat Goodwin when in his best trim.”


Harry (“Harrie”) C. Goodwin was born in Yorkshire, England in 1874, the son of John Dickinson Goodwin, a civil engineer. The family emigrated to New South Wales while Harry was still a child. Joining the Sydney Amateur Walking Club, Harry broke the Australian one, two and three mile amateur walking records in 1894, although the records were not officially endorsed, for “technical” reasons. Nonetheless, Goodwin won the Amateur Walking Championship of New South Wales in 1895, and travelled to Christchurch in 1896 to compete in the Australasian championships, where he achieved second place in both the one and three mile walks. He liked New Zealand so much, he decided to stay, meeting and marrying Elizabeth Alice Maude Belshaw in 1898, with whom he had three sons Harry Belshaw (1898), Thomas Rewi (1900), Donald Joseph (1902), and an adopted daughter Joyce Louvain.


(Harry Goodwin, above, won the One-Mile Walking Championship in Wellington, in 1904)


Harry obtained employment as a sales representative for Swift Cycles in Christchurch and competed in many road and track racing events. Moving to Wellington, as representative of the Austral Cycling Agency, he became a member of the Wellington Cycling Club but also represented Wellington in Wanganui in 1898 and again in 1900 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, winning both the mile and three-mile walking championships. Retiring from the track in 1901, two years later he resumed training, practising his walks on the Basin Reserve track, every evening. He competed in the New Zealand championships at the Basin Reserve in January 1904 and won the one-mile walk.

Following a temporary move to Masterton the following year, in 1906 he moved with his family to Timaru, as Manager for Adams Limited (the New Zealand agent for the Studebaker car). He became President of the South Canterbury Caledonian Society, at the time the largest sporting organisation in New Zealand, promoting sport throughout the region. Joining the Timaru Boxing Association, he became the regional representative in 1912 to the New Zealand Boxing Council and was elected President of the national body in 1913, also having become a judge for the Australasian boxing championships. The President of the Timaru Boxing Association in 1914, he continued to be a judge of championship bouts until he left New Zealand in 1919 for the United States, returning to Sydney in 1924 as the Australasian Manager for Studebaker.


(Adams Limited's Studebaker Motor Car Show-Rooms, in 1918)


In 1926, he left Studebaker after nine years and became the representative for the Hupp Motor Corporation for Australasia, based in Sydney. When Hupp went out of business in 1939, he retired and returned to New Zealand and settled at 22 Apu Crescent, Lyall Bay, in Wellington. Goodwin died on 1 April 1950 at Rotorua, aged 76. A successful athlete, businessman and a devoted husband and father, Goodwin’s story exemplifies the value of involvement in amateur sport, as essential for the well-being of society.


The Final Word ...

“Healthy and resilient communities produce healthy and resilient kids, and vice versa.”

(Anita Baker - Mayor of Porirua City)


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