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Relay - 11 January 2011

With the London Olympics and Paralympics looming next year, 2011 shapes up as an important preparatory year. We carry reports on high performance funding decisions from SPARC and from UK Sport, along with the availability of new athlete facilities and technologies.

Other highlights in this issue include:

  • Sports Development: A report on the ethics in Canadian sport; Sports Science and Coaching: A review of strategies to manage abuse, harassment, and bullying in sport;
  • Active Communities: Initiatives aimed at disadvantaged communities including women, those with intellectual disabilities and indigenous communities; Young People: An Australian report showing sports participation can be a key element in resettlement for young migrants.  

Index

SPARC

High performance funding decisions announced – 17 Dec 2010 Rowing, bike, equestrian and Paralympics will get significant increases in high performance investment, as New Zealand’s leading sports reap the benefits of the Government’s big boost to funding. The increase in funding has underlined the Government’s commitment to giving athletes the resources and support they needed to achieve their goals. Sport and Recreation New Zealand announced a $3.8 million increase on 2010 levels in core high performance investment in 2011, to help get New Zealand athletes on the podium at the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. (SPARC)

High Performance Sport

More funding for front line as UK Sport aims to maximise 2012 medal success – 9 Dec 2010 UK Sport has announced a boost to British hopes of medal success at London 2012 with a £2.6 million increase in spending for Summer Olympic and Paralympic sports.  Hockey, gymnastics, boxing, taekwondo, rowing and canoeing have each received an increase in funding for the final two years of the London cycle. (UK Sport)

UK plan for the legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – December 2010 This document sets out the UK Government’s plans for the legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The plans focus on four areas: increasing grass roots participation; exploiting to the full the opportunities for economic growth; promoting community engagement, and ensuring that the OIympic Park can be developed after the Games. (UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

Women in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games: an analysis of participation, leadership and media opportunities - November 2010 This report analyses the representation and participation of women in international and US Olympic organisations. It examines the types and extent of opportunities provided for women in administrative and leadership roles within these structures and the chances women have to compete in the Games themselves. (Women’s Sports Foundation)

The World Anti-Doping Agency Independent Observer Team report from the 2010 Commonwealth Games – 13 Dec 2010 This report from the WADA Independent Observer Team at the 2010 Commonweath Games acknowledges that the Commonweath Games Federation and Organising Committee implemented a comprehensive and good quality anti-doping programme. It makes numerous observations and recommendations, while saying these do not substantially undermine the integrity or standard of the anti-doping programme at the Games. (World Anti-Doping Agency)

IPC Governing Board votes to increase Rio 2016 sports programme to 22 sports – 11 Dec 2010 The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) governing board has voted to increase the number of sports at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to 22, with the addition of para-canoe and para-triathlon to the existing sports programme. (Paralympic)

Strong international media interest in IPC Athletics World Championships – 22 Dec 2010 International media interest in the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships being held in Christchurch from 21-30 Jan is high, with 120 media applications already received from 13 overseas countries. (Paralympics New Zealand)

Pressure high for athletes in Christchurch - 11 Jan 2011 More than 1,000 athletes from over 70 countries are already on their way to Christchurch, New Zealand, to take part in what is one of the last major gatherings of international athletes before the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (IPC Athletics)

New training track at QEII for IPC Athletics World Champs – 10 Jan 2011 From 21-30 January, New Zealand’s largest multi-sport and leisure complex will host the first IPC (International Paralympic Committee) Athletics World Championships to ever be held outside Europe. Top athletes at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships will be the first to use a new training track at Christchurch’s QEII Park Recreation and Sport Centre this month. . (Christchurch City Council)

Sports Development

New Zealand squad to take advantage of France's new rowing venue – 14 Dec 2010 Sitting in the north-west corner of France, the town of Gravelines is developing an Olympic-class rowing venue.  The opening time of spring 2011 is strategically planned to make the most of the lead- up to the 2012 London Olympic Games. The New Zealand rowing team has already signed up to make use of the facility and the team will use it as their European base from mid-June 2011 until the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, at the end of August. (World Rowing)

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport Annual Report 2009-10 – 13 Dec 2010 The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) Annual Report  2009-10 outlines a number of highlights for the year. These include ushering in the latest version of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program, and ensuring that the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympics Games were the cleanest Games in recent history. (Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport)

New Zealand Cricket confirms new BLACKCAPS’ management and support staff structure – 23 Dec 2010 New Zealand Cricket confirmed the new management and support staff structure for the BLACKCAPS. Several changes have been made to the unit as a result of the review of the recent tour of India, including the appointment of John Wright as head coach. (New Zealand Cricket)

Construction begins on Samoa High Performance Facility – 15 Dec 2010 Work has now started on the Samoa Rugby Union’s (SRU) new High Performance Facility. The state-of-the-art facility will feature a high performance gym, a recovery and rehabilitation centre, four new training pitches, accommodation for up to 90 athletes and a dedicated administration centre for SRU staff. Construction is expected to be completed well ahead of Samoa’s Rugby World Cup preparation camp in August 2011. (Samoan Rugby Union)

Sport Science, Medicine and Coaching

Discussion paper: Abuse, harassment, and bullying in sport – December 2010 This paper proposes that as supporters of safe and healthy performance environments, the sport medicine community may play an important role in maltreatment prevention. As such, it is essential that sport medicine specialists be educated on issues of abuse, harassment and bullying in sport, and be equipped with strategies to intervene if/or when potential cases arise. (Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine)

Medical science helps UK athletes reach peak performance – 10 Dec 2010 A new hand-held medical device will help UK athletes reach the top of their game when preparing for upcoming sporting competitions. Elite athletes will be able to monitor various proteins which reveal details about the condition of the body – known as biomarkers – before, during and after training sessions. These biomarkers can give a clear indication of their physical health and the effectiveness of a particular training programme. (English Institute of Sport)

Development of body composition, hormone profile, physical fitness, general perceptual motor skills, soccer skills and on-the-ball performance in soccer-specific laboratory test among adolescent soccer players – 1 Dec 2010 This Finnish study examined the development of on-the-ball skills in a soccer-specific laboratory test, and how traditional measures were related to performance measured in open skill environment among 10, 12, and 14-year-old regional male soccer players. The measured variables were height, weight, fat, muscle mass, testosterone, 10-metre sprint, agility, counter-movement jump, peripheral awareness, eye-hand-foot coordination, passing skill, dribbling skill and on-the-ball skills (performance time and passing accuracy) in soccer-specific laboratory test. (Journal of Sports Science and Medicine)

Watch out for that boom: study identifies sailing injuries – 4 Jan 2011 Through an online survey completed by sailors, researchers at Rhode Island Hospital have pieced together a report of the injuries that occur on two types of boats: dinghies (small boats with crews of one or two) and keel boats (larger boats like those used in the America's Cup races with a crew of up to 16). With a total of 1,860 respondents, there were a total of 1,715 injuries reported, with 79% of the sailors reporting at least one injury in the prior 12 months. (Science Daily)

Tennis elbow: A new structured treatment programme with an inter-disciplinary approach – 19 Nov 2010 Lateral epicondylalgia (tennis elbow) is a common musculoskeletal diagnosis, but there exists no structured effective treatment programme and no evaluative questionnaire specific for the condition. This thesis evaluates a structured treatment programme with an interdisciplinary approach, and cross-culture adaptations and translations of a questionnaire for lateral epicondylalgia. (University of Gothenburg)

World Cycling Centre’s coaching development programme: first year a big success – 20 Dec 2010 The fourth and final course of the World Cycling Centre’s (WCC) 2010 Coaching Development Programme has seen another four coaches receiving the UCI Coaching Diploma. Aimed at coaches working at a national level, the aim of the CDP is to improve the quality of coaching offered to cyclists around the world. Participants in 2010 represented 16 countries on four continents. Information for registration and a link to the 2011 Coach Development Programme information pack are included. (International Cycling Union)

New recognition for accredited triathlon coaches – 23 Dec 2010 Triathlon New Zealand has rolled out a new initiative aimed at increasing the value of becoming an accredited coach. From 2011, all Tri NZ accredited coaches will be expected to undertake a development activity every 12 months as a reflection of their commitment to remaining current with their coaching practice. (Triathlon New Zealand)

Active Communities

Tackling discrimination in football: Kick It Out Annual Review 2009-10 – 14 Dec 2010 Kick It Out, British football's body for equality and inclusion, has published its annual report outlining its main activities over the last year. Kick It Out helps footballers to connect with fans of all ages, from all areas, and show that football can help people of all backgrounds and abilities achieve their ambitions and contribute to their community. (Kick It Out)

Doorstep sport to create 30,000 active women in the UK – 6 Jan 2011 A new project that will get 30,000 women playing ‘doorstep sport’ has been unveiled. Active Women, which will be delivered in 47 of the most disadvantaged areas in England, will offer 16- to 25-year-old women innovative and engaging ways to participate in sport. It will also see over 200 events and festivals organised, 1,700 new coaches and volunteers recruited and 1,260 qualifications gained by those taking part. (SkillsActive)

UK playing field safeguards working – 9 Dec 2010 New figures released by Sport England show that 95% of all planning applications affecting a sports playing field in 2008/09 resulted in the places where people play sport being improved or safeguarded. Landowners, including councils, are required to consult Sport England on any proposed development that would affect or lead to the loss of a sports playing field. (Sport England)

Lotteries funding for Kerikeri Sports Complex – 6 Dec 2010 The Lotteries Grants Board has made $70,614 available for flood-lighting for the sealed courts at the Kerikeri Sports Complex. The lighting for four of the nine netball courts is expected to further expand opportunities for multi-code use of the new facilities. (Far North District Council)

Sport helping to bridge the indigenous divide in Australia – 8 Jan 2011 Minister for Sport and Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib has helped launch the indigenous sport initiatives delivered by the Australian Government with the help of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Through the partnership, $325,000 has been provided for sports equipment, coaching and officiating training opportunities to 41 indigenous communities around Australia. (Australian Sports Commission)

The Special Olympics – building our society: Social research on sports in forging national identities, and supporting education and cross-cultural communication – 29 Sep 2010 Martha Jo Braycich, the Director of Organizational Development, Foundations & Public Institutions for the Special Olympics has prepared this presentation on the contribution of the Special Olympics to society at large. Topics include; Core data, a catalyst for social change, enhancing sports performance and improving quality of life. (Special Olympics)

Big Bike Fix-Up makes 200 bikes safe in Hastings – 6 Dec 2010 There are now hundreds more safe bikes on Hastings roads after the Big Bike Fix-Up attracted more than 300 people and fixed 214 bikes. Five bike mechanics churned through free safety checks on everything from BMX bikes to tricycles, giving them a free warrant of fitness, making minor repairs or handing out around 50 $20 vouchers for more extensive repairs. The Big Bike Fix-Up is a Model Communities event, a project aimed at encouraging more people to cycle. (Hastings District Council)

Recreation

Regulations drawn up for adventure tourism – 17 Dec 2010 New safety regulations for the adventure tourism industry will come into force from 1 Oct 2011, says Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson. The Government announced in August that adventure tourism operators would be required to be registered and undergo a safety audit. The new regulations come under the Health and Safety in Employment Act, making it an offence to provide activities involving significant hazards and some level of instruction or leadership without a current safety audit certificate. This article looks at the costs, funding and administration of the regulations. (NZ Govt)

Measuring the economic impact of park and recreation services – 16 Dec 2010 Park and recreation departments frequently are viewed as relatively high-cost centres in cities’ annual budgets because operational costs exceed revenues. However, this narrow perspective is incomplete because it fails to recognise that money invested in park and recreation department services does not belong to the city council, rather it belongs to the city’s residents. This US report breaks down the fundamental principles of economic impact studies on park and recreation services. (National Recreation and Park Association, US)

Deadly holiday period for aquatic incidents in New Zealand – 5 Jan 2011 Ten drownings over the official Xmas and New Year holiday period is a tragic yet sadly predictable figure, according to Water Safety New Zealand. WSNZ is concerned that in the majority of cases lives have been lost because of the failure to follow the most basic of safety precautions as the bulk of incidents this holiday period have been recreation based. (Water Safety New Zealand)

Bar crossings highest risk for Waikato boaties – 24 Dec 2010 Bar crossings are the highest risk activity boaties in the Waikato will come across. “On a per boatie basis, bar crossings result in the highest number of accidents in the Waikato region,” said Environment Waikato’s compliance and education manager Rob Dragten. “Boaties can significantly lower the danger to themselves and others on board by following some basic safety tips, and not attempting crossings if they are in doubt,” said Mr Dragten. (Environment Waikato)

Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park wins award – 20 Dec 2010 Wellington City Council and the Makara Peak Supporters group recently won the New Zealand Recreation Association's (NZRA) 2010 Outstanding Park Award for their collaboration on Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park. The judges said the 230-hectare park, situated in south Karori, provided residents with a fantastic resource which added to the city reserve network. (Wellington City Council)

Young People

The rationale for recreation services for youth: An evidence based approach – 16 Dec 2010 This report assists park and recreation professionals and elected officials to better understand the important role of park and recreation services, facilities, and programmes in the process of youth development. Park and recreation departments are ideally situated to supply the supports, opportunities, programmes, and services to facilitate adolescents’ development into healthy and fully functioning adults. (National Recreation and Park Association, US)

New Zealand Rugby League Community Camps returning in 2011 – 13 Dec 2010 NZRL has confirmed that Community Camps will be held in towns and cities across New Zealand in 2011. Each camp will run over half a day, and while coaches and parents will be able to complete the NZRL programmes Mini Mod Fundamentals, Mini Mod Coaching, and Refereeing Mini Mod, children (aged 6-12 years) will be taking part in skills and fun games sessions. In 2010, over 2,000 children and 400 adults took part in Community Camps. (NZRL)

UK youth sailing scheme sees quarter of a million youngsters sailing and windsurfing – 7 Dec 2010 Over the last five years well over a quarter of a million UK youngsters have been enjoying sailing and windsurfing thanks to a pioneering scheme from the Royal Yachting Association called OnBoard. The grassroots sailing scheme introduces 8-18 year olds to sailing and windsurfing through schools, youth groups and training centres. About 14,000 youngsters have enjoyed OnBoard so much they have continued to sail and windsurf regularly. (Sail World)

An assessment of self-reported physical activity instruments in young people for population surveillance – 2 Jan 2011 This study reviewed available self-report physical activity instruments developed for use with children and adolescents to assess their suitability and feasibility for use in population surveillance systems. (International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity)

Strategies to support engagement in sports for newly-arrived young migrants and refugees – September 2010 Sport can play an important role in resettlement for young people. Newly arrived young migrants and refugees are often keen to participate in sport and recreation, but show lower rates of participation. They meet a range of barriers that complicates their ability to join structured sport. This tip sheet provides strategies to help clubs and sporting associations become more accessible to young people of refugee and migrant backgrounds. (Centre for Multicultural Youth, Australia)

Useful Weblinks

Thank your volunteers – send them an e-card! Say thanks to all those important people who give up their time and energy to help make your sport happen. This could be your coach, trainer, referee, judge, orange cutter, uniform washer or perhaps someone who just takes you to the game. You are able to choose a card from the selection and send it online to your own volunteers to say thanks.

Active Canterbury If you want to be active in Canterbury this website has all the information you need. Whether you're just starting out and need some advice or a professional wanting to help your clients/patients be more active, this site has it all.

Recreating with Kids Recreating with Kids aims to grow youth participation in outdoor recreation and help parents get their kids reconnected with outdoor recreation. Although the site is based in the US there are updates that focus on how to make the outdoors fun for kids.