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halberg news February 2010

Another outstanding effort from the Eagles Not satisfied with breaking the 40 year barrier for their support of the Halberg Trust in 2009, Eagles Golfing Societ y of New Zealand National President Pat Kenny strode on to the Red Carpet at the Westpac Halberg Awards this month to present Sir Murray Halberg with a cheque for a record $176,491.28. Since the Eagles began their support of the Halberg Trust nationally in 1969 they have raised more than $3.67million – a truly outstanding effort. “The commitment of the Eagles Golfing Society is immense. We are very aware of the effort that goes into organising the Golf Days both publicly and behind the scenes.” said Halberg Trust Chairman Mike Jeffcoat. “It is almost impossible to put into words the benefits of their support by helping us remove the barriers to enable youngsters with a disability the opportunity to play sport alongside their mates. Simply put – the Eagles National President Pat Kenny and National Secretary Bernie Lile presenting the cheque to Trust would not have had Sir Murray Halberg the success it has without their involvement – Eagles Golf has been the backbone on which the Trust has built itself for over 40 years now so we are eternally grateful”. The Eagles Golfing Society has partnered with the Halberg Trust since 1969 when legendary American Olympic Champion, Jessie Owens was guest speaker at our annual ‘Sportsman of the Year’ Dinner. It took the vision of former Halberg Trustee and NZ Eagles President, Leo Hendrey to arrange a charity golf day where the business leaders of the day paid to play in a tournament with Jesse Owens. The proceeds helped fund his trip to New Zealand. Since then the Eagles have contributed enormously to the work of the Halberg Trust through their regional Eagles Golf Days right across New Zealand; support that has helped encourage the inclusion of young people with a disability to participate in the sport and active leisure of their choice within their communities through the Halberg Trust’s Activity Fund which provides

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A message from Halberg Trust CEO

substantial grants towards equipment and lessons. The grants target the additional costs incurred as a result of a disability which not only allows the opportunity for the child to participate with their peers, but more importantly enhances their quality of life and provides them with the sense of enjoyment that we all experience every time we play sport. Quite simply it’s about inclusion and being able to participate alongside their able-bodied friends and family.

It is my pleasure to write for the Halberg News for the first time, and an honour to have the opportunit y to work for such a great organisation as the Halberg Trust. My first few months have flown by, with much of the time spent establishing relationships, and renewing contracts with a number of our key partners including: our principal sponsor Westpac; the Regional Sports Trusts; Sky Television; and SPARC. This has been an important time, and one which has highlighted what great organisations Halberg Trust works with.

Every New Zealander has the right to participate in the sport or active leisure pursuit of their choice – there should be no exceptions!

Another important group that the Trust is very fortunate to have the support of is Eagles Golfing Society. This year in particular has been an exceptional display of that support, with Eagles raising a record amount to enable us to support young disabled people to participate in sport and recreation. I very much enjoyed Steve Hall Halberg Trust CEO, Sir Murray Halberg, Ivan Mauger and Chris Amon attending the Auckland Eagles tournament and I’m looking forward to the Eagles National Convention in Napier in late February.

THANK YOU EAGLES…from the team at Halberg, and all the kids and families that you have impacted with your tireless efforts, it is greatly appreciated!

I have also enjoyed attending a number of regional events – breakfasts, lunches and dinners held around the country to raise funds and profile the work of the Halberg Trust. We are fortunate to have the support of great trustees to help organise, and sporting celebrities to ensure these are successful events.

Maioro Barton (Activity Fund Grant Recipient) and Dave MacCalman (Halberg Representative) taken at the Waikato Ladies Halberg Day.

A major event that Halberg Trust is hosting is the International Symposium on Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA). This significant international event will be held in Christchurch will be held in mid 2011. Organising work is well underway, and we are about to begin the task of sourcing sponsorship to ensure this event is a great success. Just as important are our local events which provide disabled people the opportunity to participate in sport. I have attended a Sportsability tournament, as well as Havea-Go days at Mairangi Bay Bowls and Waitakere cricket. These are wonderful events, at which we have great support from Westpac staff. The recent Westpac Halberg Awards was an amazing night and fantastic celebration of sporting excellence. As well as New Zealand’s greatest sport stars, Halberg Trust had the pleasure of hosting the Prime Minister and the Ma–ori King.

Otago Eagles President Peter Brownie, Otago Golf Association President Bill Grant, Queenstown Golf Club Professional Jamie McIsaac, National President Pat Kenny, National Senior Vice President Clarry Tibbitts, on completion of their game at the Central Otago Halberg Day, at the Queenstown Golf Club.

My thanks go to the team from Sky, as well as our team for putting on such a special evening. Steve Hall

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Westpac renews commitment as Halberg Trust Principal Sponsor Westpac has signalled its continued support for the Halberg Trust by re-signing a three-year contract as Principal Sponsor.

We caught up with just one of Westpac’s volunteers, Helen McGill, Manager of New Plymouth branch, to find out how she lent her support.

What was your involvement with the Trust? Helen: “I was a coordinator of a Westpac team during No Exceptions training and ensured that everyone attended the training, received t-shirts and turned up on the day.”

What did you learn during the No Exceptions training? Helen: “The training was fun! It was focussed on how we could behave towards people with disabilities. We did activities which helped to give us an appreciation of what it’s like to have a disability.”

How has your perspective changed after helping young people with a disability take part in sport and leisure? Helen: “I felt very comfortable helping participants with disabilities. I assisted a family with an autistic child to walk in the Round the Bays event. Not only did I provide support for him, but both myself and the Westpac team worked really hard to support and motivate his family to ensure they’d make it – and we all did! Westpac and its staff have been supporting the Trust since 2007 and by banking nearly a quarter of all New Zealanders, every fourth person in New Zealand has a connection to Westpac. Therefore, its continued support provides significant funding and visibility of the Trust. In fact, many of Westpac’s staff use their one full paid day of leave to help out with one of the Trust’s activities or to take part in its No Exceptions training.

“Until you walk in someone else’s shoes you don’t fully appreciate the effort the families make to ensure that their children are given the best quality of life. The effort this young lad put into the walk and the thrill of completing the course made a real impression on me!”

Celebrating the life of Bill It is with much sadness that a Halberg Life Trustee Bill Brien passed away recently. Bill has been a tremendous and long term supporter of the Halberg Trust as well as many other causes. Bill had been a Trustee since 1977. Bill Brien was in the honours list for services to sport and the community in 2008. Mr Brien also belonged to the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, the Wellington Rugby Union and Athletics Wellington. His funeral service was held at the Wellington Football Club, Hataitai Park, on Friday 29th January.

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Halberg Trust representatives at Bill Brien’s funeral. Sir Murray Halberg joined Trustees Paul Cameron, Adrienne Olsen, Roger Brennand, Life trustee Andy Leslie, Retired Trustee Peter Dale and Sport Opportunity Adviser Marguerite Christophers at the largest funeral held in Wellington in recent times to celebrate Bill Brien’s life.

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All Whites Dame Susan Devoy and Sir Murray Halberg

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Westpac Halberg Regional Community Events These community events are a Westpac and Halberg Trust partnership to support disabled people to participate in active sport, recreation and leisure in their communities. If you are interested in participating in these events please contact Margaret at the Halberg Trust by phone 0800 HALBERG or email margaret@halberg.co.nz

Have a go at adaptive cricket – for all abilities Westpac and Halberg Trust in conjunction with Waitakere Cricket Club ran a ‘have a go’ day for adaptive cricket for people of all abilities on Sunday 7th February.

Westpac is encouraging staff to use their paid Volunteer Day to volunteer for Halberg Trust, supporting those with a disability. The volunteers go through Halberg Trust’s No Exceptions Training, which gives them skills and confidence to then support disabled people. Halberg Trust encourages disabled people to participate in sports, recreation and community events like this one.

102 disabled people from the Auckland region participated on the day. Activities available include Blind cricket, Milo Cricket (adapted according to ability) and Table Cricket. Experienced players and coaches were on hand to teach the basics.

Last year an ‘open day’ was held for disabled people who had not played cricket before. The goal was to introduce cricket skills to disabled people, and give them the opportunity to play a game against people of similar abilities. In 2009 there were 43 participants from the Waitakere region and were supported by their friends and whanau.

Steve Hall, CEO of Halberg Trust, says the aim of the day is to enable people to have fun and participate in sport, active leisure, community events and clubs no matter what their level of ability. “The Waitakere Cricket Club achieved Halberg Trust SportAccess Gold status which means they have shown a commitment to ensuring that all of their community have a chance to participate in Cricket, no matter their ability levels. This club is happy to assist any disabled person to get out and have fun alongside friends and family in New Zealand’s summer game.” Westpac, principal sponsor of Halberg Trust provided a t-shirt and cap for each disabled participant and their support person, as well as a BBQ lunch for participants, family and friends.

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Community Trust of Southland Surf to City The morning started with rain and was a little chilly when the team meet. But by the time the Westpac Halberg team started it was sunny. 54 disabled participants, 16 support people and 30 Westpac staff gave the Surf to City Fun Run, Walk and cycle a go on Sunday 7th February. The Westpac staff were more than helpful. Two staff jumped in and ran with Hannah Pascoe who is partially blind. Both really enjoyed the experience. They were amazed just how fast Hannah could run. Another staff member walked the 12km with Laurel Scott in her wheelchair and thoroughly enjoyed it. They were impressed with their effort as they beat Laurel's father across the line. Feedback from staff – was very positive, they got a lot of satisfaction from the event and were able to assist someone that appreciated the support. The BBQ at the end was a winner with everyone!

Upcoming Westpac Halberg Community Events: These community events are a Westpac and Halberg Trust partnership to support disabled people to participate in active sport, recreation and leisure in their communities. Round the Bays, Wellington 21 February Sunset Stroll, Hawkes Bay 4 March Waikato Bowls, Hillcrest Bowling Club 11 March Olex Series, Eltham 14 March Round the Bays, Auckland 14 March City to Surf, Christchurch 21 March

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Valerie completes hat-trick of Halbergs, while rowing twins carry off decade crown Women athletes were the big stars in the 2009 Westpac Halberg Awards with Valerie Vili capturing New Zealand’s ultimate sporting prize – the Halberg Award – for the third consecutive year. Then just for good measure Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell were crowned Sports Champions of the Decade. The 25-year-old World, Olympic, Commonwealth and NZ shot-put champion emerged the big winner at the 2009 Westpac Halberg Awards dinner at Sky City Convention Centre. After repeating her performance of the previous three years by winning the Westpac Sportswoman of the Year category, joining board sailor Barbara Kendall as a four-time winner, Vili went on to claim the supreme award.

World Cycling Championships. The other finalists were Aaron Cruden (rugby), Sam Meech (sailing) and Robbie Manson (rowing). Dick Tonks, who coached Drysdale and the men’s pair to World Championship titles, won the SPARC Coach of the Year category. The other finalists in this distinguished group were Ricki Herbert (football), Kirsten Hellier (athletics) and Tim Carswell (cycling).

voted male ‘Rower of the Year’ by world rowing’s governing body and Vili one of five finalists for the IAAF ‘Female Athlete of the Year award.’ The other finalists in the sportswoman category were, like Vili, all current world champions – Sophie Pascoe

At the dinner two former New Zealand champions were inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame. Athletes Allison Roe, winner of the New York and Boston marathons and Barry Magee, winner of the Olympic marathon bronze in 1960

(swimming), Alison Shanks (track cycling) and Sarah Walker (BMX cycling).

were presented with their awards by national sporting icons Dame Susan Devoy and Sir John Walker.

In so doing she became the second person behind champion oarsman Rob Waddell to complete a hat-trick of Halberg Awards (2007, 08 & 09), and the first female to capture the big trophy – first won by cricketer Bert Sutcliffe back in 1949 – three times. Other category winners she headed off for the 2009 Halberg Award were four-time world single scull rowing champion Mahe Drysdale and the world champion rowing pair of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, unbeaten in their first year as a pair at elite level, winners of the Westpac Sportsman and Sports Team categories respectively. Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell completed a golden night for rowing when they were announced as the Sports Champions of the Decade – heading off the respective Halberg Award winners from 2000-09, including Vili, the three-time Halberg Award winner. In the end, back-toback double scull Olympic gold medals by the Swindells gave them the edge over the other contenders.

In the Westpac Sportsman of the Year category Drysdale headed off Scott Dixon (motor sport), Duncan Grant (rowing), Richie McCaw (rugby) and Daniel Vettori (cricket) while the Sports Team category was another triumph for rowing with the men’s pair of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond beating the All Whites, lightweight double scull team Storm Uru and Peter Taylor (rowing) and the 420 crew of Alexandra Maloney and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher (sailing).

Drysdale and Vili both went unbeaten in all international competition during 2009, retained their world championship crowns and were also acclaimed by their international federations with Drysdale

The Westpac Emerging Talent category, which comes with a $15,000 scholarship from Westpac New Zealand, was awarded to Sam Webster, winner of an unprecedented hat-trick of titles last year at the under-19

The recipients of two other special awards, which have become regular features at the dinner, were very warmly received. Kenny Smith, who has spent more than 50 years in motor-sport winning premier single seater races throughout SE Asia, was presented with the Lion Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, a Halberg Trust initiative. While long time cricket administrator Sir John Anderson, chairman of New Zealand cricket for 13 years, was presented with the SPARC Leadership Award by SPARC CEO Peter Miskimmin.

Halberg Trust, PO Box 11-487 Ellerslie, Auckland 1542, New Zealand Telephone: 09 579 9931  Fax: 09 579 9936  Email: office@halberg.co.nz

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Halberg Trust February 2010 Newsletter  

Halberg News includes the latest on the Westpac Halberg Awards and Halberg Trust work in disabled sport.

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