Tau­ranga RDA coach is named coach of the year

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Clau­dia Cameron from Tau­ranga’s Rid­ing for Dis­abled is the or­gan­i­sa­tion’sCoach of the Year.

Each year, NewZealand Rid­ing for the Dis­abled (NZRDA) asks its 55RDA­groups aroundNew Zealand to nom­i­nate their coaches for the Coach of the Year. Th­ese awards are pre­sented at the na­tional con­fer­ence and awards dinner held in May.

Clau­dia start­ed­work at the Tau­ran­gaRDAas a vol­un­teer five years ago. She took on a coach’s po­si­tion not long after that.

RDA­man­ager Elisha Olds says Clau­dia was nom­i­nated be­cause of her en­thu­si­asm, great rap­port with staff, vol­un­teers, rid­ers and fam­i­lies.

Tau­ran­gaRDA­man­ager Elisha Olds says Clau­dia is a real gem to have on the team, the of­fice en­ter­tainer and brings much to the team “Get­ting the recog­ni­tion of the coach of the year is a very spe­cial achieve­ment and we are all so very proud of her.

“She is trained to Level 5 coach, the top coach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion. She has started up a Spe­cial Olympics rid­ing group in Tau­ranga and in­cor­po­rated them into theRDA sched­ule, she vol­un­teers her time to our lo­cal para eques­trian rider as well as be­ing a coach for a lo­cal pony club. She is also a vol­un­teer trainer and as­ses­sor forNZRDA and is on the com­mit­tee of both pony club and Spe­cial Olympics.”

Clau­dia is grateful for the award.

“It’s lovely to be able to re­ceive recog­ni­tion for a job I’m so pas­sion­ate about. I have amaz­ing rid­ers and I amso proud to be able to help them reach their goals,” she says.

Tau­ran­gaRDAis the big­gest of the 55 in­NewZealand, with 140 rid­ers aweek, and 100 vol­un­teers. Elisha says growth over the past year has been huge with await­ing list of over 100. There are plans for an ex­ten­sion of the fa­cil­i­ties and the pro­grammes tomeet the grow­ing demand.”

The cen­tre caters for chil­dren and adults who are chal­lenged with phys­i­cal, men­tal and cog­ni­tive dif­fi­cul­ties. Horse rid­ing is used as an ex­cit­ing, chal­leng­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing ther­apy.

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