Game in good spirit

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


On Satur­day [Au­gust 18] the un­der8s [rugby] team I coach (Boas) played the North­ern Hawkes at Te Ati­awa Park here in Para­pa­raumu.

In a very evenly-con­tested match I just wanted to thank and ac­knowl­edge Jeff and his coach­ing team for their con­tri­bu­tion to the spirit in which the match was con­ducted and the ex­cel­lent man­ner in which they man­aged their team on the day.

We all coach boys and girls who have dif­fer­ing abil­i­ties, at­ti­tudes, phys­i­cal­ity and lev­els of sports­man­ship. At times, de­spite best ef­forts any one of these ar­eas can pro­vide a chal­lenge to the coach­ing team re­gard­less of club or coach.

Jeff and his team were fan­tas­tic to deal with and a great ex­am­ple of how to proac­tively man­age some of these

chal­lenges as they arose dur­ing the game. Many of our par­ents com­mented ex­tremely pos­i­tively fol­low­ing our match on sev­eral ex­am­ples of Jeff’s (and his fel­low coach­ing team and in fact the Norths’ sup­port­ers) con­duct both be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the game.

In an era where peo­ple can be quick to high­light the neg­a­tive, we feel it’s worth ac­knowl­edg­ing those who are truly mak­ing a pos­i­tive influence on our game and the de­vel­op­ment of its play­ers.

Please pass on my con­grat­u­la­tions to Jeff and his coach­ing team and I look for­ward to many more en­joy­able and keenly con­tested matches be­tween our teams in the com­ing years.

LEO BAR­BER, Kapiti Coast.

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