Kia ora, my name is Lily Joiner and I’m one of the 2021 Sport NZ Graduates. I completed a BA in Geography and Cultural Anthropology at Victoria University in 2019, including a VicAbroad exchange to University of Sussex (UK). My final research project on Climate Change Perceptions involved interviewing Kāpiti Coast iwi and residents; other interesting areas of my study included refugees and decolonisation theory. I'm passionate about community engagement, diversity, ethics, sustainability, and all things people! In my spare time, I'm a football player, musician (mostly singing in a choir nowadays), enjoy bush hikes and beach walks, and enjoy all things interior design/DIY/crafts.
My motivations in joining the Grad Programme were to hone in on my skills & passions and help create more equitable outcomes across sport and physical activity spaces. I’ve chosen second-year placements at Sport Tasman and Napier City Council where my focus for 2022 will be innovation and collaboration with diverse communities, and constantly pushing my comfort zone. This programme provides a special opportunity to deep-dive into various aspects of Public sector and sport & rec sector, and customise the experience to suit your interests and aspirations. As someone of a social science background who doesn’t fit the typical ‘sports degree’ mould, I highly encourage anyone passionate about community and wellbeing to apply!