An initiative to increase sports participation rates among
primary and secondary school pupils has won Kaikorai Valley
College a national award.
The New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council Innovation
in School Sport Award was presented to Kaikorai Valley
College assistant sports co-ordinator Neil Mackenzie during a
special assembly yesterday.
It was for the school's annual sponsored run/walk along
Kaikorai Valley Rd, which has raised more than $60,000 in the
past three years, and the Sports Expo in which pupils from
the school and surrounding primary schools experience
different sports, ranging from Zumba to ice hockey.
The initiative increased sports participation rates at the
college by 9% in 2013, and has resulted in the establishment
of many new sports clubs, including judo, table tennis and
On Tuesday afternoons, years 7 and 8 pupils from surrounding
primary schools visit the college for table tennis and
badminton coaching, and compete in a table tennis competition
on Thursday afternoons.
Principal Rick Geerlofs said it was an honour for the school
to receive the award - one of two in New Zealand. He praised
Mr Mackenzie for his part in the school's achievement.
''It recognises the massive contribution by Neil. The number
of hours he has put in to sport at the school over the years
has been massive.''
Hornby High School, in Christchurch, also received the award.