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Relay - 27 May 2011

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Capability case studies

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  • Sports Development: an implementation planning guide which looks to improve the sport delivery system in Canada;
  • Recreation: a report reviewing New Zealand’s population changes and the implications for future Search and Rescue resourcing;
  • Young People: we look at things happening in the school environment, including the significance of school playgrounds and policy in physical activity outcomes.  There’s also a discussion on an Australian approach to the teaching of sport and a Canadian study considering should school coaches be qualified? 



Surf Life Saving wins SPARC photo competition – 10 May 2011
Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s thrilling photo has won the inaugural New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards Photo Competition. By winning, Surf Life Saving New Zealand wins a $1500 professional photography voucher to commission even further outstanding imagery of their sport. (SPARC)

High Performance Sport

London Olympics legacy: improving and protecting local playing fields – May 2011
Hundreds of sports playing fields across the UK will be protected and improved thanks to a £10 million National Lottery Fund launched by Sport England. Protecting Playing Fields will enable communities to enhance local playing fields, or create new sports pitches. (Sport England)

Taekwondo - The leverage and legacy of international sporting events hosted in New Zealand – May 2011
Increasingly New Zealand is becoming a popular host for global sporting events, but these events are expensive to run and often rely on government funding. The Government considers event grants as investments and want a beneficial return through legacy. This means the Government will only invest in events where long-term benefits will remain after an event has occurred. This clip outlines why legacy is becoming a government priority and how the Taekwon-Do World Championship’s Organising Committee were required to submit a leverage and legacy plan to receive funding for the 2011 World Championships, held in Wellington. (Taekwondo New Zealand)

Massey leads the way as New Zealand’s first athlete friendly university – 18 May 2011
Massey University has become the first New Zealand university to sign up to a new ‘Athlete Friendly Tertiary Network’ set up by the New Zealand Academy of Sport. The network will be made up of tertiary institutions that agree to adopt a set of guiding principles to support New Zealand’s high performance athletes to combine their sporting and academic aspirations. (Massey University)

Funding to complete AUT's high performance sports centre – 9 May 2011
The $43 million redevelopment of Auckland's new high performance centre has been unveiled by New Zealand Sport and Recreation Minister Murray McCully. (Australasian Leisure Management)

RWC 2011 Facebook page reaches one million fans – 22 May 2011
Rugby World Cup 2011 is using social media to promote the competition and has reached one million “likes” on its official Facebook page (, also making it the largest Facebook fan page in New Zealand and the largest sports community in Australasia. (Rugby World Cup 2011)

World rugby brings children closer together – 13 May 2011
Small cardboard cut-out Rugby players will soon be winging their way across the world from Dunedin as local schools get involved in Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011). Several schools are taking part in a literacy and cultural programme designed by the DCC to connect children here to their counterparts in the six countries which will have Rugby teams playing in Dunedin during RWC 2011. (Dunedin City Council)

Interview: The English Institute of Sport before the London Olympics – 17 May 2011
The English Institute of Sport is one of the organisations at the forefront of high-performance sport and the continuing quest for medals. With the London 2012 clock officially ticking, Jonathan Ives spoke to EIS national director Nigel Walker about sporting relationships, his organisation’s core values and the potential impact of funding. (English Institute of Sport)

IOC faces geographical dilemma in Winter Games decision – 20 May 2011
A senior member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has claimed that the body faces a geographical dilemma in deciding between Asia and the Alps for the destination of the 2018 Winter Games. As representatives of bids from Annecy in France, the German city of Munich and South Korea's PyeongChang wrapped up their final presentations to 88 IOC members on Thursday, Executive Board member Gerhard Heiberg spoke of the conundrum. The IOC will vote on the host city for the 2018 Games on July 6 in Durban, South Africa. (Sport Business)

Council approves funding for World Bowls events in Christchurch – 16 May 2011
Christchurch City Councillors have approved a $275,000 support package for a series of international bowls events to be held in Christchurch between 2013 and 2016, culminating in the World Bowls Championships in 2016. The money will support three lead-up tournaments, and the World Bowls Championships – all of which are expected to generate at least $5.6 million for the local economy. More than 340 players from 28 countries will attend the championship event alone. (Christchurch City Council)

Sports Development

Sport under pressure: some lessons learned – May 2011
The subtitle for the Sport under Pressure conference hosted by the Department of Politics and International Studies of Birmingham University asked the question: “What is the future for sustainable sports development in times of austerity?” This article reflects on some of the discussion. (The Leisure Review)

New Zealand Football reinvests record surplus – 4 May 2011
New Zealand Football, (NZF) Chairman Frank van Hattum says the organisation’s record $7.7 million surplus has already been reinvested in keeping the sport in good health. The surplus for 2010, confirmed at the sports annual congress in Auckland today, represents the third consecutive year NZF has been in the black after four consecutive deficits from 2004 to 2007. This article includes a link to NZF’s full annual report. (New Zealand Football)

Western Australian Rugby tackles referee abuse – 23 May 2011
Rugby WA is working in partnership with the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) to stamp out the abuse of new referees through the Green Shirt Programme. The green shirt allows players and spectators to identify new referees, with the intention of reducing abuse towards them. All new referees wear the green jersey to signify that they are a beginner referee. (Department of Sport and Recreation, Western Australia)

Dealing with dissent in elite sports – October 2010
This article from the Association of Elite Sports Officials, (AESO), looks at how officials in four major sports deal with dissent. It includes cricket, rugby league, rugby union and football. This inter-disciplinary approach is an innovative way of ensuring that professional officiating skills can be shared and developed. (Sports Officials UK)

Long-term athlete development: implementation planning guide for provincial and territorial sport organisations – 2011
This guide was created by the Federal-Provincial/Territorial Long-Term Athlete Development Management Team to assist provincial and territorial sport organisations in working collaboratively with National Sport Organizations and other partners to change and improve the sport delivery system in Canada. (Canadian Sport for Life)

The trends in dining, lodging, entertainment, and recreation among Virginia youth travel soccer participants, their family, and friends when traveling for youth travel soccer tournaments – 27 Jan 2011
The world of sports is very diverse not only as an entertainment commodity, but as a global business. Information is gathered and presented here on what hotels visitors for the sporting event stay in, what restaurants they dine at, where they go to shop, where they go to find a beer, and everything in between about the visitor’s experience.  This information is gathered to help these municipalities develop plans on how to keep these visitors coming back and for developing ideas for the future marketing of events. Although the study was completed in the US the methodology and literature review may be of interest to those who would be interested in sport tourism research. (Journal of Tourism Insights)

New Head of Administration and Finance for Oceania Football – 10 May 2011
Oceania Football Confederation is pleased to welcome Mangesh Naik, who has joined the confederation as Head of Administration and Finance. The 57-year-old has extensive experience of working with a range of companies and has handled various financial functions such as accounting, banking and taxation. (Oceania Football Confederation)

Social media interview: Tri NZ on brand and community
An interview with Communications manager, John Whiting, of Tri NZ’s big bold move into social media. Tri NZ put online communities at the heart of its drive to increase members, brand awareness and improve general communication with, and between, members. (SPARC)

The Welsh sporting vision – 8 May 2011
As sporting partners across Wales take stock of the national sporting vision, some interesting aspirations are being thrown into the mix. As well as the words, the planning and consultation process they have undertaken to date is perhaps proof that preparation is the key factor. (Sport Wales)

An opportunity for women’s sport – 19 May 2011
Leading figures from the world of sport, including Baroness Tanni Gray-Thompson and Olympic badminton star Gail Emms, joined forces with around 20 MPs and peers this week to discuss how best to boost participation in women’s sport. Hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sport in partnership with the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF), the discussion explored the decline of women’s participation in physical activity, despite the UK’s recent elite sporting successes for women at a professional level. (Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation, UK)

Sport, Entertainment and the Live(d) Experience of Cheering – Summer 2011
Sport is readily thought of as entertainment in the context of both live events and individual practice. Both experiences are widely consumed, produce excitement, satisfaction and a great sense of fun among participants. This paper uses phenomenological and anthropological methods to look at the embodied relationship between athletes and cheering at cross­country mountain bike events to investigate the experience of sport, understood as both entertainment and skilled performance practice, by both athletes and spectators alike. (University of Newcastle, Australia)

Sport Science, Medicine and Coaching

Ground-breaking AIS Performance Recovery study, using netball – 20 Apr 2011
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Netball program is taking part in a ground-breaking study of hydrotherapy as a method to improve exercise recovery. AIS Performance Recovery and AIS Physiology are testing the effectiveness of hot and cold showers on athlete perceptions, recovery and performance. (Australian Institute of Sport)

An active approach to asthma management – 2 May 2011
The biggest myth surrounding asthma is that if someone has asthma, that person can’t be fully engaged in physical activity and sports,” says Oxana Latycheva, Vice President of Programming at the Asthma Society of Canada. “But the truth is that if that asthma is under control, the sky is the limit in terms of physical activity and sport.” (Ophea)

Food and macronutrient intake of elite Ethiopian distance runners – 19 May 2011
Explanations for the phenomenal success of East African distance runners include unique dietary practices. The aim of the present study was to assess the food and macronutrient intake of elite Ethiopian distance runners during a period of high intensity exercise training at altitude and prior to major competition. (Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition)

Modelling the association between heart rate variability and illness in elite swimmers – Jun  2011
A study to determine whether heart rate variability, an indirect measure of autonomic control, is associated with upper respiratory tract and pulmonary infections, muscular affections, and all-type pathologies in elite swimmers. (Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise)

Creation of the Alliance of Women Coaches aims to improve the landscape for women coaches and address decreasing numbers – 17 May 2011
The Alliance of Women Coaches (The Alliance) is being created to provide professional development opportunities for current and prospective women coaches, enhance their advancement and increase the number of women coaches in all sports at all levels. (Women’s Sport Foundation)

Rugby Union positions determine shoulder injuries – 5 April 2011
Rugby Union players’ on-field position may determine their chance of dislocating their shoulder, a recent study has shown. The study featuring in the March 2011 issue of The Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (JSAMS), published by Sports Medicine Australia, is the first to focus on the risk factors for shoulder dislocations in the sport. Results showed that the likelihood of players sustaining shoulder injuries requiring surgical reconstruction for instability depends on their on-field position at the time of injury. (Sports Medicine Australia)

Raising awareness of the severity of concussions – 2011
Concussions have always been a part of physical contact sports, but with athletes becoming bigger and stronger, something has to be done to raise awareness of the severity of concussions and what can happen later down the road if athletes are not given the adequate amount of time to recover. A concussion is the same whether it happens to a pro player or a high school player, so why do the professional players take precedence over high school athletes? Changes need to be made so all athletes are cared for. (The Sport Journal)

Static stretching does not alter pre and post-landing muscle activation – 13 May 2011
Static stretching may result in various strength and power deficiencies. Prior research has not determined, however, if static stretching causes a change in muscle activation during a functional task requiring dynamic stability. The purpose of this study was to determine if static stretching has an effect on mean pre and post-landing muscle activity. (Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology)

Active Communities

Swim programme makes big splash with Manukau youngsters as it marks milestone of 200,000 free lessons – 18 May 2011
Community Swim, the cornerstone project of Sir John Walker’s Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation, marked a major milestone with its 200,000th swim lesson for Manukau youngsters. (Manukau Leisure)
Signed Djokovic racquet to be auctioned for Wilding Park – 10 May 2011
World number two tennis player Novak Djokovic from Serbia, who has recently broken the record for consecutive wins at the start of a season, has put his support behind the rebuild of Wilding Park in Christchurch following the February earthquake. The hottest player on the ATP Tour in 2011 has donated a signed racquet which is up for auction on trademe, with all proceeds from the auction going to the Wilding Park Foundation. (Tennis NZ)
Artificial grass for sport guide – February 2011
The Artificial Grass for Sport Guide is a key resource for sporting clubs, local councils, and schools set to undertake an artificial grass project. Recent experience has shown there’s been inadequate information and support for local councils, schools, clubs and their communities to plan for, select, install, and manage new artificial grass surfaces. As a result Sport and Recreation Victoria has consulted with the sports industry to develop what will undoubtedly become an indispensable resource for future artificial grass projects. (Sport and Recreation Victoria)


New Zealand Recreation Association Community Recreation Workshops: 15 -28 June 2011
The New Zealand Recreation Association is delivering a number of one-day professional workshops around the country this June. Partnering with the YMCA and SPARC, these workshops will profile best practice in youth and community programmes, foster skills and build capability in building community relationships, monitoring and evaluating one’s services and programmes and building or improving upon one’s management skills. (New Zealand Recreation Association)

Implications from future population changes for Search and Rescue in NZ – 20 Aug 2010
This study identifies foreseeable patterns and trends in NZ Search and Rescue (SAR) incidents and operational responses through to 2030. It aims to assist in critical strategic planning focusing on future demands for SAR. (Search and Rescue Institute New Zealand Ltd)

US outdoor recreation participation topline report – 2011
Participation in outdoor recreation in 2010 remained steady for a third year in a row, matching levels seen in 2008. 48.6 percent of Americans ages six and older, or 137.9 million individuals, participated in at least one outdoor activity in 2010, making 10.1 billion outdoor outings. (Outdoor Foundation)

New Zealand drownings rise in first months of 2011 – 16 May 2011
Water Safety New Zealand says there have been a total of 12 drowning deaths recorded for the month of April.  The national organisation responsible for water safety education has also released cumulative figures for the first four months of the year which show a rise in drowning numbers in 2011 in comparison with recent years. (Water Safety New Zealand)

New Zealand Walking Access Commission Statement of Intent – 20 May 2011
The commission has released its Statement of Intent for 2011 - 2016. This document explains the context the Commission works in, how it intends achieving its vision, challenges it is are likely to face, risks to be managed, and how it can measure its progress. (New Zealand Walking Access Commission)

Mountain Safety Council urges trampers to check the weather – 16 May 2011
The news that two teenage trampers became lost in thick cloud on the Ngamoko Range in the Ruahine Forest Park over the weekend, highlights that trampers must make themselves aware of the weather forecasts in the areas they plan to visit and ensure they are prepared. (Mountain Safety Council)

Taupo fishing improving for winter – 23 May 2011
After a summer of tough fishing which caused some serious concern amongst anglers as to the long term health of the Taupo Fishery, it has rebounded significantly in recent months. (Department of Conservation)

Mayoral challenge will be Northland cycle trail's first public outing – 18 May 2011
The 13.5 kilometre first stage of the Pou Herenga Tai –Twin Coast Cycle Trail between Okaihau and Kaikohe will make its first public outing on the occasion of the Mayoral Cycle Challenge on Sunday 29 May 2011. The challenge has already attracted the interest of at least two Members of Parliament and cycling enthusiasts from across Northland seeking to be among the first to officially use this new section of the government-initiated New Zealand Cycle Trail project. (Far North District Council)

Green environments essential for human health – 19 Apr 2011
Research shows that a walk in the park is more than just a nice way to spend an afternoon. It's an essential component for good health, according to University of Illinois environment and behaviour researcher Frances "Ming" Kuo.  "Through the decades, parks advocates, landscape architects, and popular writers have consistently claimed that nature had healing powers," Kuo said. "But until recently, their claims haven't undergone rigorous scientific assessment." (University of Illinois)

Young People

Should a required level for coach competency be mandated for all school coaches? – 2011
The results of a recent pilot study of coaching capacity within the community and school system of Nova Scotia suggest that there are few qualifications required to be a school coach. This lack of universality appears to verify an extra-curricular “hobby” mentality toward coaching that reduces the importance of ensuring proper coaching certification. (Saint Francis Xavier University)

One in four British parents worried their children aren’t active enough – 11 May 2011
New research released today reveals that one in four (25%) British parents and guardians are worried that their child isn’t active enough. The Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week survey, also found that 81% of parents think that sport can play an important role in their child’s development, while 92% agree that they fully support their child taking part in sport. (Youth Sport Trust)

School playgrounds and physical activity policies as predictors of school and home time activity – 27 Apr 2011
A New Zealand study finds a greater number of permanent play facilities in school playgrounds is associated with higher levels of physical activity in children. (International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity)

Seizing the moment: can Game Sense further inform sport teaching in Australian physical education? – 2011
This article discusses how Game Sense, an Australian approach to sport teaching and learning in school settings, similar to Teaching Games for Understanding, may contribute to an emerging national curriculum. An overview of the development of Game Sense will lead to a consideration of its merit as a model for quality sport teaching. (Flinders University)

Students look for safer ways of crossing Te Mata Road – 13 May 2011
The iWay Design Challenge encourages new and innovative thinking that will make walking and cycling around Hastings more enjoyable. Teams or individual students are being encouraged to design an item or come up with an idea which will make Hastings a world leader in encouraging walking and cycling. (Hastings District Council)

The potential of safe, secure and accessible playgrounds to increase childrens' physical activity research summary – February 2011
This resource summarises research on playgrounds and how playgrounds impact physical activity among children. For the purposes of this brief, a playground is defined as a small, publicly owned, outdoor area that features play equipment and provides recreational physical activity for younger children. (Active Living Research)

Helping to get kids active after school – 10 May 2011
The Australian Government is encouraging children into after school sport and other physical activities through the Active After-school Communities program. (Australian Sports Commission)

Useful Weblinks

New Zealand Cycle Trail
Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail is a national project, by the Ministry of Economic Development, to build a network of world class cycle trails. Find out more about the 18 rides in planning and check out the rides that are already open.

Deaf Sports Federation
The Deaf Sports Federation of New Zealand have created a new package of information for the public who wish to seek for some answers about deafness in the context of sports. This includes, amongst others, links to training, volunteers and awards.