Cambridge News | November 12, 2020

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Waipā leads Waterboy visit promotes volunteering the way By Viv Posselt

Waipā has gone to the top of the regional Sport Waikato leader board and Cambridge’s activity levels outshine all other towns. Matthew Cooper, chief executive of Sport Waikato, told the Waipā District Council’s Strategic Planning & Policy Committee the “home of champions” was ahead of the rest. He presented the information as part as Matthew Cooper an annual report to the committee. “The Waikato region has a physical activity level of 54 per cent for adults, but Waipā is stronger at 62 percent for adults. This is inflated a little bit because of high activity in Cambridge, but you are higher as a district compared to the region,” Cooper said. Changing demands with new emerging sports such as lacrosse had prompted Sport Waikato to change its approach to focus on meeting demand for critical age groups, Cooper said. “We are our most active at age 12. You can see straight away from 12 to 17, there’s a 57 per cent drop and it never comes back. That’s quite a concern for us.” He said there was a need to focus more on the importance of exercise as opposed to physical activity.” The need for change was flagged earlier this year when Sport Waikato signalled a structural review. Sport Waikato Chairman Mark McCabe said an 11-month review had “uncovered is a system that doesn’t currently meet the needs of Waikato people”. One victim is the long running Project Energise programme – previously funded by the Waikato District Health Board. The programme has run for 16 years and had 25 staff.

About 50 youngsters from two regional schools spent a morning earlier this month preparing supportive Christmas messages for children living in less fortunate circumstances. The students from Hamilton’s Knighton Normal School, and Korakonui School on Te Awamutu’s Wharepuhunga Rd, visited Linda Roil’s Kids in Need Waikato base in Cambridge. The trip was organised by The WaterBoy, a Hamilton-based charity created by Thomas Nabbs to break down barriers, primarily through participation in sport and other personal development activities. The youngsters spent the morning painting rocks and making Christmas Eve bags in which to put them for distribution to families

Linda Roil, and The WaterBoy founder Thomas Nabbs, flanked by Korakonui School students Nicholaas Van Hout and Wyatt Foster, and Knighton Normal School student Quinn Hodgson.

requiring a little additional festive cheer. Originally from Cambridge, Thomas started The WaterBoy in 2016 as a Waikato-wide charity intent on providing youngsters

Check the trees

Kids in Need Waikato (KINW) Christmas wish trees are up now at ASB Bank outlets in Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Morrinsville, Matamata, Te Rapa and Hamilton. KINW founder Linda Roil said the trees have wishes under them, made by youngsters in care. Linda said those seeking guidance on what gifts to leave can read the wishes, visit the KINW Facebook page or go to their website ( She also suggested summer pyjamas for youngsters aged 1-18 would be appreciated and urged people to not wrap gifts as the organisation needed to match them with the right child.

with opportunities to create a better future, initially through participation in sport. A couple of years later, he extended its focus to offer Taku Wairua, a personal development programme aimed at teaming participants with a mentor to work through four principal pillars of development – belonging, goal-setting, self-discovery and citizenship. “An important aspect is learning about the benefits of giving back,” said Thomas, “and that is what we are doing at Kids in Need Waikato. Some of these youngsters are not taught about the benefits of volunteering … this is

part of their self-discovery element.” Linda Roil said she was delighted to have the group on board to help brighten Christmas for less-fortunate children. As well as painting rocks in lively colours and with special messages, and making Christmas Eve bags, the group did a spot of yard work around the Kids in Need Waikato shed. Knighton Normal School principal Stuart Armistead said some 28 youngsters at his school had benefitted greatly from their engagement with The WaterBoy programme over the past year.



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