Tauranga RDA coach is named coach of the year
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.