Gaby to man­age sports cen­tre

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

South Waikato District Coun­cil has ap­pointed Heather Gaby as the man­ager for the South Waikato Sport and Events Cen­tre cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion, and she is ex­pected to start to­wards the end of July.

Mrs Gaby has been an ad­vo­cate for en­cour­ag­ing the com­mu­nity to live a healthy life­style in her many roles through­out the years.

She owned the Les Mills aer­o­bics fran­chise in Toko­roa for eight years and worked at the South Waikato YMCA while her fam­ily was young, be­fore re­turn­ing to full­time em­ploy­ment close to 17 years ago with Sport Waikato.

‘‘Mrs Gaby’s role with Sport Waikato has meant strong in­volve­ment with a large cross sec­tion of all com­mu­ni­ties within the district, in­clud­ing preschools, schools, com­mu­nity groups, sports clubs, busi­nesses, aged cen­tres and other or­gan­i­sa­tions,’’ said the coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive David Hall.

‘‘The coun­cil be­lieves that this has given her a great ground­ing to go into the com­mu­nity and de­velop ac­tiv­i­ties and en­cour­age op­por­tu­ni­ties for the fa­cil­ity. Now that the man­ager has been ap­pointed, the months lead­ing up to the open­ing of the cen­tre in early Novem­ber will be a busy time.’’

Mrs Gaby said: ‘‘When the role of man­ager for the new South Waikato Sport and Events Cen­tre came up, I saw it as the next step for me to work within a sim­i­lar field but also to widen my reach into the com­mu­nity. I be­lieve this fa­cil­ity has huge po­ten­tial to create some­thing pos­i­tive for our com­mu­nity.

‘‘I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with lo­cal groups to make the cen­tre the hub for sport and events in the district. There are so many pos­si­bil­i­ties for its use and it will be ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ing them all.’’

The panel that se­lected Mrs Gaby con­sisted of mem­bers from the Leisure Ser­vices Board and com­mu­nity as­sets man­ager, Roger Fisher.

Cr Jenny Shat­tock who is also on the Leisure Ser­vices Com­mit­tee and sis­ter of Heather Gaby was not on the panel.

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