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Relay - 15 December 2010

In this editon: Volunteers play an invaluable role in sport and recreation, from running local clubs to playing host for international sporting events. We carry a report about the task of recruiting tens of thousands of volunteers for the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia, and research from Britain into volunteer management, including careers, skills and development needs.

Other highlights in this issue include:

  • High Performance: an assessment of the health and socio-economic benefits of major events;
  • Active Communities: a governance model for public-private partnerships in indigenous community sport;
  • Recreation: SPARC has re-opened the Outdoor Recreation Research agenda for comment;
  • Young People: Australian and New Zealand initiatives to involve ethic youth in sport.



Kiwis attempt world firsts with Hillary Expedition Grants – 13 Dec 2010
A New Zealand expedition will attempt to be the first in the world to sea kayak the rough waters along the Borchgrevink Coast in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. The Adventure Philosophy team of Mark Jones, Marcus Waters and Graham Charles will spend about six weeks dragging and paddling their sea kayaks 800 kilometres along the coastline from Ross Island to Cape Adare. The Furthest South expedition team is one of eight groups awarded Hillary Expeditions Grants by SPARC. (SPARC)

Participation in their "favourite sporting moment" to feature at 2010 Westpac Halberg Awards – 2 Dec 2010
The choice of "New Zealand’s Favourite Sporting Moment" during 2010, decided by public vote, will be a feature of the Westpac Halberg Awards dinner next February. A meeting of the Halberg Trust Executive Board this week gave the go-ahead for the new initiative, sponsored by SPARC, which they believe will serve to both stimulate greater public awareness of the work the Trust does in linking disabled people to sport and active leisure in their community, as well as engaging them more closely in New Zealand’s pre-eminent sporting awards. (SPARC)

High Performance Sport

Excitement builds for RWC 2011 – 2 Dec 2010
Only days after Romania became the 20th and final qualifier for Rugby World Cup 2011, the IRB’s Head of Rugby World Cup, Kit McConnell, gives his thoughts on the qualifying process, the logistics for next year’s showpiece tournament in New Zealand, and looking ahead to 2015 and 2019. (International Rugby Board)

Athletics world champs could propel paralympic sport to new levels – 2 Dec 2010
Organisers believe next month's IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch will help propel paralympic sport in New Zealand to a new level. More than 1,000 athletes from 70 countries are set to gather in Christchurch for what will be the last major gathering of international athletes before the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (IPC Athletics)

Paralympian Sophie Pascoe to meet Christchurch volunteers – 7 Dec 2010
Multiple-medal winning Paralympian Sophie Pascoe will be meeting volunteers of the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships during one of three briefing meetings in Christchurch. New Zealander Pascoe, who competed at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games where she won three gold medals and one silver in swimming events, is raising awareness for the event and hoping to encourage more support. (Paralympics)

Key high performance appointment for Swimming New Zealand coach – 2 Dec 2010
Swimming New Zealand has confirmed that Mark Regan will remain in a hands-on role focussed on  preparing  swimmers for the 2012 London Olympics. With the success of the swimmers in Delhi and with only 18 months remaining until London, it has been decided that Regan will now focus solely as a fulltime performance coach with his swimmers at Swimming New Zealand’s High Performance Centre at Millennium Institute. (Swimming New Zealand)

Preparation for an international sport event: the promotional strategies of 2009 Kaohsiung World Games – Fall (US) 2010
This investigation presents administrative and marketing-related information on Kaohsiung City’s preparation for the 2009 World Games. Information was compiled through an extensive literature review of secondary sources, personal interviews, and observations from fall of 2008 to summer of 2009. The study discusses the “not-for-profit” approach practiced by many East Asian Countries to gain international recognition and promote patriotism while hosting a major sport event. (The Sport Journal)

The health and socioeconomic impacts of major multi-sport events – 20 May 2010 
In 2012 the Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place in London, and in 2014 the Commonwealth Games will be hosted by Glasgow. A major consideration in bidding to host the events in London and Glasgow was the potential for the games to generate a wide range of benefits for the population of the host city. Such purported benefits—collectively termed the “legacy”—include improvements in employment levels, the economy, housing, national and local pride, the environment, and sports provision. The aim of this systematic review was to assess the impact of major sporting events (1978-2008) on the health, and the determinants of health, of the host population. (British Medical Journal)

Sochi chief tells of "ambitious task" as Russian volunteer centres announced – 8 Dec 2010
The leader of Sochi 2014's Organising Committee has spoken of the "ambitious task" of training tens of thousands of volunteers for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Dmitry Chernyshenko, president and chief executive officer of the committee, was commenting after the announcement that 26 educational institutions, including 25 universities, had been successful in their bids to become Russian volunteer centres. (Inside The Games) 

Russia and Qatar awarded 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups – 2 Dec 2010
In lauding the victorious nations, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said: “I have to say thanks to the Executive Committee of FIFA because for 2018 and 2022 we go to new lands, because the FIFA World Cup has never been in Eastern Europe or the Middle East. So, I'm a happy president when we speak of the development of football." (FIFA)

Latest Mission 2012 report shows British sport on track for London 2012 – 8 Dec 2010
British success in London 2012 is absolutely on track as more sports begin to realise their potential on the international stage. UK Sport’s latest analysis of Britain’s summer Olympic and Paralympic sports through its Mission 2012 process shows a high performance system in the UK that is producing outstanding results. (UK Sport)

Sports Development

New Zealand disability and dance strategy "would you like this dance?" – 8 Dec 2010
Dance Aotearoa NZ has launched its New Zealand Disability and Dance Strategy - 'Would You Like This Dance?' The strategy provides a blueprint for the development of dance participation, creation and performance for disabled people. (Dance Aotearoa NZ)

Raising the bar: National volunteering draft conference programme – December 2010
The 2011 National Volunteering Conference will be held in Wellington, on 23 and 24 May 2011. A draft conference programme is available already, with presenter, speaker and exhibitor details, and a call for abstracts. (Volunteering NZ)

Valuing volunteer management skills – September 2010
The report is based on research conducted in the spring of 2010 which included a quantitative survey of 1,004 individuals in the UK who manage volunteers across the range of organisations in the voluntary sector, and 10 biographical interviews with people who manage volunteers, to enable in-depth exploration of careers, skills and development needs. (Institute for Volunteering Research)

UK Sport and Recreation Alliance get more sports on the telly – 29 Oct 2010
The Sport and Recreation Alliance UK has helped some sports in its membership secure valuable terrestrial TV coverage.  Your Sport, a series of short shows produced in conjunction with the Media Trust is the fruition of many years of exploratory work with broadcasters. Working with the Media Trust, the Alliance has provided funding to commission a series of three, five and 10 minute shows, which will feature many sporting and recreational activities which would otherwise rarely feature on TV. (Sport and Recreation Alliance, UK)

Initiatives for peace through sport rewarded – 2 Dec 2010
Six non-government organisations that promote peace through sporting contact have been recognised at the 2010 Peace and Sport Awards, in Monaco. Among the prize-winners: “Stop War, Start Tennis”, a collaboration between Indian and Pakistani tennis players to publicize their belief that friendship between India and Pakistan is possible. (Sport and Peace)

Funding announced for Australian aerial ski water ramp training facility – 7 Dec 2010
A purpose-built high performance aerial ski water ramp facility, based at Sleeman sports complex in Brisbane, will become a reality after a $A4 million joint funding agreement between the Australian and Queensland Governments. The Sleeman Sports Complex will house six ski ramps up to 24 metres in height at the end of a 4-metre deep Olympic pool as part of a series of upgrades to the facility. (Australian Sports Commission)

Sport Science, Medicine and Coaching

The prevention of sport injury: an analysis of 12,000 published manuscripts – November 2010
This paper seeks to identify the nature and extent of research into sport injury prevention with respect to three main categories: training, equipment, and rules and regulations. Only 492 of 11,859 publications assessed the effectiveness of sports injury prevention interventions or their implementation. Research in the area of regulatory change is under-represented and might represent one of the greatest opportunities to prevent injury. (Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine)

Relative age effect in elite sports: methodological bias or real discrimination? – March 2010
Sport sciences researchers talk about a relative age effect when they observe a biased distribution of elite athletes’ birthdates, with an over-representation of those born at the beginning of the competitive year and an under-representation of those born at the end. (European Journal of Sport Science)

Players with high levels of football skills at a greater risk of sustaining injuries than their less skilled team-mates – 4 Nov 2010
The relationship between the skill attributes underpinning performance in football and injury risk is largely unknown. This article provides a brief review of a large Norwegian study (82 football teams) that investigated whether there are any associations between technical, tactical and physiological skill attributes in football and risk of injury in young female players. There is also a link to the research paper available in the article or you can click here to be taken to the research paper. (Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center)

Sodium bicarbonate supplementation prevents skilled tennis performance decline – 26 Oct 2010
The supplementation of sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) could increase performance or delay fatigue in intermittent high-intensity exercise. Prolonged tennis matches result in fatigue, which impairs skilled performance. This study suggested that NaHCO3 supplementation could prevent the decline in skilled tennis performance. (Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition)

Recovery training: the importance of recovery and various recovery strategies you should implement – 23 Nov 2010
When planning training programmes for athletes, it is easy to write down sets, reps, times, volumes, intensities and loads. However, structuring a recovery programme to effectively allow adaptation to take place between training sessions is a lot trickier. (Peak Performance)

Managing workload crucial for squash elite – 8 Dec 2010
Since the Commonwealth Games, top squash players have spent much of the last three months moving from one competition to another, and herein lies the biggest challenge according to their English Institute of Sport (EIS) strength and conditioning coach Matt Cook. (English Institute of Sport)

IOC consensus paper on the use of platelet-rich plasma in sports medicine – 24 Nov 2010
Acute and chronic musculo-skeletal injuries in sports are common and problematic for both athletes and clinicians. A significant proportion of these injuries remain difficult to treat, and many athletes suffer from decreased performance and longstanding pain and discomfort.  This article reviews the role of platelet-rich plasma in muscle, tendon and cartilage-based sports injuries. (British Journal of Sport Medicine)

Active Communities

Rest Home Olympics attracts competitors from around the region – November 2010
Residents from 14 rest homes and day centres from as far afield as Paihia and Dargaville converged at Kensington Stadium in Whangarei for the annual NorthTec Sport and Recreation Rest Home Olympics. The enthusiastic competitors took part in activities such as NorthTec Boccia, noodle hockey, tenpin bowling, balloon volleyball and Big Ball Forceback. (NorthTec)

IronMaori proves much more than just a race – 6 Dec 2010
IronMaori is a race unlike any other, giving Maori from around the country an outlet to create healthier lifestyles. A typical IronMaori event consists of a 2km swim, 90km cycle and 21.1km run.   While IronMaori is a fun-filled race event open to everyone and anyone, it also serves as a way of promoting healthy lifestyles within the Maori and Pacific Island communities. (Triathlon NZ)

Tauranga watches new venue take shape – 30 Nov 2010
The first eight months of construction of Tauranga’s $41 million indoor venue at Baypark has been captured on time-lapse camera. The opening of the new indoor sports and exhibition centre in spring next year is billed as one of Tauranga’s biggest highlights in 2011.  The new 10,000sqm facility will have a 3,500-plus capacity, three-court arena, six-court auditorium, and meeting and function rooms. (Baypark)

Public-private partnerships in the promotion of sport and wellbeing: a governance model – 29 Oct 2010
This research focuses on exploring the links between sport, indigenous self-determination and deeper engagement within mainstream Australia, especially with regard to the issue of promoting healthy lifestyles and the role of governance, through sport governance. New approaches that both tap into the specific interests of indigenous people and better engage them in the process of governance are required. The case material focuses on the Australian Football League (AFL) Kickstart program. (International Research Society for Public Management)

Sport to build on community support – 7 Dec 2010
The opening of a new multi-purpose indoor sports court for the remote Aboriginal community of Punmu is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when communities worked together, says Western Australia's Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron. The new undercover facility was purpose-built to counter extreme heat and allow the community to still play sport when the outside temperature was 45 degrees-plus. (Western Australia Sport and Recreation)


SPARC draft Outdoor Recreation Research Agenda released for comment – December 2010
SPARC has now completed a draft Outdoor Recreation Research Agenda and is seeking comment. We have re-opened the online forum, and will be taking comments there until the end of January 2011. The draft agenda will also be independently peer-reviewed during this time, before being reviewed by the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Recreation Council. It is due to be published in March 2011. (SPARC)

Check out the research work Surfbreak is assisting – 25 Nov 2010
Since 1996 this group has been involved in research on artificial surfing reefs as part of the development of New Zealand’s first such reef at Mount Maunganui. The focus is the environmental impacts, particularly social impacts, of such reefs and the tensions and contests between different uses of coastal/marine space, and recreation and tourism. The fundamental question is: “what is the nature of coastal and marine recreational space(s) and how are these provided for by planning and regulatory authorities?" (Surfbreak)

Keeping people outdoors: Outdoor Recreation Industry conference presentations – August 2010
Many papers from the Outdoor Recreation Industry Council's conference in August, "Keeping People Outdoors", have now been published. Topics vary widely and include: what gets people outdoors and what stops them; outdoor education theories: a review and synthesis; and "something for your toolkit": a nature-based approach to eliciting photographs. (Outdoor Recreation Industry Council)

American National Parks and Recreation Association: Economic Update Survey report – 28 Jun 2010
The Economic Update Survey was distributed to 8,271 professional members of NRPA requesting their responses to a variety of questions about their agency’s economic status and their capability and inclination to procure professional training and development services. The survey report identifies estimated economic recovery timeframes, the prevalence of budget reductions and investment in professional development. (National Parks and Recreation Association, US)

Kahurangi National Park mountain bike trials – 8 Dec 2010
Mountain bikers can begin riding Kahurangi National Park’s Flora Saddle to Barron Flat and Kill Devil tracks now but are reminded they cannot begin riding the Heaphy Track until 1 May next year (2011), says the Department of Conservation. The New Zealand Conservation Authority (NZCA) has approved a revised Kahurangi National Park Management Plan which allows mountain biking trials over three years on three tracks. (Department of Conservation)

Young People

Multicultural resource kit: giving communities a sporting chance – Summer 2010
The Australian state of Victoria's Multicultural Sport and Recreation Project aims to increase the number of on-going sporting opportunities for newly arrived, refugee background and migrant young people. The Centre for Multicultural Youth works towards creating a sport and recreation sector inclusive of diversity. This resource includes information on the benefits of diversity for inclusive clubs, the role of sport and recreation in resettlement, barriers to participation and strategies to overcome them. (Centre for Multicultural Youth)

The social-psychological outcomes of martial arts practise among youth: a review – 1 Dec 2010
Studies regarding the effects of martial arts practise on youth show contrasting images. While some refer to enhanced personal and social opportunities for those that participate, others warn against increased levels of aggressiveness and anti-social behaviour among its participants. This review provides an overview of the major findings of studies concerning the social-psychological outcomes of martial arts practise. (Journal of Sports Science and Medicine)

Cricket stars and AASC kids set new Australian cricket record – 24 Nov 2010
More than 440 school children gathered in Melbourne recently to participate in a cricket gala day, and to set a new Australian cricket record. Victorian cricket stars were involved in the day’s activities and a new Australian cricket record was set for the largest number of people playing cricket simultaneously. (Australian Sports Commission)

Youth forum seeks views on barriers in sports – 23 Nov 2010
What’s keeping Christchurch’s ethnic youth out of high level sports? This question is being addressed by a youth forum allied to the NZ Police’s Community Football Cup (NZCFC). The Ethnic Youth Forum at Fendalton Community Centre will bring together youth players participating in the NZCFC for an information-gathering session aimed at identifying barriers to sporting participation. (Christchurch City Council)

Scottish Active Schools pupils wow audiences at dance festival in Scotland – 10 Sep 2010
Dance has been taking place through the Active Schools programme for some years now in Scotland, and has proved to be a popular activity with children of all ages. Lunch-time or after school clubs provide pupils with the opportunity to create their own unique routines and keep active. Most of the clubs are led by community dance teachers, but there is a level of responsibility given to the pupils, particularly the older ones, in creating and teaching the routines. (Sport Scotland)

SkillsActive UK Play and Playwork Education and Skills Strategy – October 2010
Skills Active UK is the sector skills council for the active leisure, learning and well-being sector, working with five sub-sectors: sport, fitness, playwork, the outdoors, and caravans. This strategy outlines its approach to developing the best people who provide time and space for children to play. (Skills Active UK)

Experts say school sports vital in getting boys off the sofa – 25 Nov 2010
Sixty public health and physical activity specialists gathered in London to examine ways to get more men and boys away from the TV, computer games, and social networking. The Mens’ Health Forum’s report ‘The One Million Man Challenge’ highlighted how and why men stop being involved in physical activity and sport and states that one million men over the age of 35 in England and Wales need to be more physically active to improve their health. (Royal Society for Public Health, UK)

Useful Weblinks

Tennis footwork techniques
This website teaches players how to improve their footwork. Resources include video tutorials.

Athlete biomechanics research 
The International Association of Athletics Federations has initiated several scientific projects in the areas of biomechanics, coaching and development. There are final reports available for a wide range of track and field events.

Squash NZ support information
This resource from the Squash New Zealand website is dedicated to assisting clubs and districts to grow, develop and upgrade their facilities.