Aoraki regional sports co-ordinator Janine Roux answers The Courier’s Five Questions.
Q. Tell us about your role as Aoraki regional sports co-ordinator?
I have a varied role that includes co-ordinating, promoting and delivering secondary school sport events from Ashburton down to Oamaru. Alongside this I support our local secondary school sports co-ordinators; help clubs link in with schools; and empower people so that participants receive a quality sporting experience. In a nutshell, my role aims to get more people loving and taking part in sport.
Q. What do you like about the job?
opportunity to meet a whole range of people in our community and seeing the joy on faces when someone is having fun at an event we have put on. Physical activity is becoming more important as lifestyles become more sedentary, and being able to offer opportunities to get people active is really rewarding.
Q. The South Island Secondary Schools Tennis Championships are being held in Timaru from March 2-4. What is involved in organising an event like this?
A fair amount of time goes into liaising with the schools that qualify through their regional competitions. There are also draws, referees, venues and equipment that all need to be sorted before we can hold an event of this calibre. We are lucky to have a quality tennis centre in Timaru, which helps make this event what it is, as well as some really talented young players.
Q. How does Timaru stack up for hosting events such as the tennis championships?
Having the Trust Aoraki Tennis Centre is a huge plus for us in Timaru. Not many regions can say they have such a fantastic facility in such a great location. We also have a community that is always welcoming and willing to lend a hand, which makes for great events.
Q. What is the future of secondary school sport in the Aoraki region looking like?