Science teacher wins Lotto sport award
Science teachers and sport don’t usually mix, however, a Pukekohe teacher has just proved that theory wrong.
Social science teacher Sharon Grass, who has been teaching at Pukekohe High School for 30 years, has received a Lotto New Zealand Sport Maker award for her efforts in promoting and organising athletics in Pukekohe.
Grass, who is heavily involved with athletics, has been making her presence known at the Pukekohe Athletics and Harrier Club for over 13 years.
As a result of her efforts, Grass was granted $2000 worth of Lotto Volunteer gear and is now in the running finals to win the overall national prize - $10,000 worth of either sports gear, elite training sessions, a team trip or a club day.
‘‘It was a big surprise, but a very welcoming surprise to be acknowledged for what I have been doing,’’ said Grass.
‘‘[I am] very proud, absolutely proud.’’
If Grass wins the national prize, she would organise a high profile sportsperson to come and talk to the club’s members and athletes, as well as buy some tailored sports gear.
‘‘It’s really aimed at, ‘you’ve done great things for a club or a team, and here is some support for it’. That is the way I see it, so I am going to give back to the club.’’
‘‘It was a big surprise, but a very welcoming surprise to be acknowledged for what I have been doing.’’
Grass opted to join the committee when she realised the club needed to be managed better.
‘‘[The] Auckland centre has delegate meetings and each club is suppose to send a delegate. They [the club] weren’t sending one up there, so the information wasn’t getting out to everybody,’’ said Grass.
She was the president of the club for three years, a delegate for 12 years and is currently the treasurer - a role she has been in for four years.
Grass was nominated for the prize by Pukekohe High School’s assistant principal, Amy Tipene.
Grass said that although Tipene had done well to keep the nomination a secret, speculations had arisen prior to the accolade reveal. ’’She sees that I do, and have done, a lot for athletics both locally and further.
‘‘I was suspicious of Amy. I knew she had been up to something the day before because she was questioning me about stuff.’’
Pukekohe Athletics and Harrier Club was one of the first athletics clubs in New Zealand, and has been operating for 80 years.
To help Grass win the national prize, you can vote for her at once a day for 10 days.