Polytech walking talk

Otago Polytech competitors involved in the Masters Games are (back row, from left) Simon Body, Hayden Croft, Markham Brown, Jo Morrison, Ethan Hawlye, Kathyn van derr Vliet, David McQuillan and Kate Clapham-Dorjee. Front row, from left: Adain Summerfield,
Otago Polytech competitors involved in the Masters Games are (back row, from left) Simon Body, Hayden Croft, Markham Brown, Jo Morrison, Ethan Hawlye, Kathyn van derr Vliet, David McQuillan and Kate Clapham-Dorjee. Front row, from left: Adain Summerfield, Phil Hancock, Codi Ramsey and Helen McDermott. Photo: Gregor Richardson
More than 15 staff from Otago Polytechnic’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health are leaping at the chance to compete at this year’s Masters Games.

“Many of our staff members have backgrounds of competing in sporting disciplines at a high level and, if not, they enjoy exercise and living healthy, active lifestyles,” Hayden Croft, head of sport, exercise and health, said.

“Therefore, when the idea of participating in the Masters Games was raised, everybody was keen.

“We are treating the Masters Games as a workplace wellbeing initiative, similar to what we educate our students about.

“It’s about walking the talk, so to speak,” Hayden said.

‘‘We really want to be role models to our students, and the wider community, around healthy active lifestyles.

‘‘Some of the highlights this week involve seeing staff who are former elite athletes such as Brendon Timmins (rugby), Jo Morrison (nee Steed, netball), and Markham Brown (basketball) getting back on court.”

Hayden said it was also heartening to see new staff members, including Phil Handcock (ice hockey) and Codi Ramsey (running) continuing their involvement in sports they are passionate about.

“There are also a number of staff, including myself, who are just happy to be participating, even if we are not medal winners.’’

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