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Upper Hutt Leader : October 19th 2011
52 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 19, 2011 Dave Workman Clubs & Communities Activator firstname.lastname@example.org 027 213 7572 Mike Mercer Schools Activator email@example.com 027 213 7583 Activation Team tel: 04 527 2113 UPPER HUTT CITY ACTIVE RECREATION Bike Hutt Cyclocross Series Capacity Building in the Community On Sunday 18th September, 80 riders braved Wellingtons temperamental spring weather to take to the field for the inaugural North Island Cyclocross Championships at Harcourt Park in Upper Hutt. The Championship event was the final of eight races in the winter cyclocross (known as CX) series hosted by local bike shop Bike Hutt, and was held on what was undoubtedly the best course of the season following races at Trentham Memorial, Moonshine and California Parks over the season. Although cyclocross is a relatively new sport to New Zealand, this is the third year running that Bike Hutt has organised races over winter. CX riders race on courses similar to steeplechase or cross- country, but with man-made obstacles such as stairs, hurdles and sandpits. The most skilled can usually bunny- hop some of these obstacles but there's always about 10% of the course which requires riders to dismount, throw their bike over their shoulder and run. With numerous switch-backs, off-camber climbs and generous amounts of mud, CX makes for a great spectator sport and this event was no exception to that rule. There were races catering to all abilities - a C-grade race for newer and recreational riders, a free kids' race (some of the larger obstacles are removed), B-grade for competitive riders and those who don't have a CX-specific bike and A-grade for the top riders on cyclocross bikes. Local teen Marshall Hanlon took out C-grade, Colin Sullivan got the top spot in B-grade and Alex Revell was crowned North Island Champion by winning A-grade, while Ken Feist won the prize for most consistent 'A' rider of the series. Kim Hamer-Hurst was the best woman of the series and there was also a competitive contingent of riders from Hawke's Bay Cyclocross who drove down for the race. Bike Hutt owner and series organiser Mike Anderson says he's thrilled with how the series has grown in popularity and hopes that next year will be bigger and better as more people decide to give cyclocross a go. He also thanked the UHCC for their support in growing this local series. Every year Activation puts on a number of development and capacity building opportunities for the community. These take on a variety of forms and 2011 has been no exception. Several workshops have been well attended including an Early Childhood Nutrition and Physical Activity workshop which had 22 teachers attend from Upper Hutt; a cycle skills training course which had five community members trained which enables them to deliver cycle education to local students; several student leadership presentations have been undertaken with our secondary schools; and teacher development workshops on specific physical education resources and school opportunities for extra-curricular activities have occurred at several primary schools. Activation has also organised a high profile workshop for primary and intermediate teachers which will focus on using modified games for cross code learning and incorporate many tools and resources for teachers to take away and use in class settings. It will also cover advice for schools on physical education course planning. This workshop has been designed through feedback from the Sports Zone Cluster which includes a sports coordinator from each of our primary schools. It should be a wonderful chance for teachers across all year levels to develop their skills and knowledge in the physical activity area. Presenter, Libby Patterson, has a vast amount of experience in the education sector and has previously been a Physical Education Advisor for Accent Learning, presented at numerous Physical Education New Zealand conferences and recently been involved in a series of Fundamental Movement Skills workshops around the Wellington region. Another upcoming opportunity for the community is a Get Set Go Event Management workshop. This will be taking place on 8 November and has already booked out, showing the great demand for these services in Upper Hutt. A wide range of community groups have registered for this workshop which gives a basic and easy-to-use approach to running events and programmes. Participants have the chance to share ideas, work in groups on their great ideas and take away a fantastic resource to use in the future. Upper Hutt has so much to offer our local residents in terms of physical activity projects and events organised by local clubs, schools and community groups. Activation, through developing our community, wishes to assist in making these high quality, robust opportunities for our city. To learn more about what Activation is offering in training opportunities and physical education, please visit: www.activation.org.nz Belinda McMurray Recreation & Events Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org 027 479 3156 RIMUTAKA GYMSPORTS HAVE a GO Days During the holidays $5.00 per child per session Friday 21 October Preschool 9.00 to 10.00 School Age 10.30 -11.30 Trampoline 11.45 -- 12.45 Special Needs 12-1.00 Sign up for Term at the Have a Go Days Term 4: Monday 24 Oct - Sunday 18 Dec For more information and to book contact the gym ofÞce: tel: 526 2990 visit: www.rimutakagymsports.com email: email@example.com 55 Montgomery Crescent, Upper Hutt
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