Sci­ence teacher wins Lotto sport award

Franklin County News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RUWADE BRYANT

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.

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