Sport Maker award for young leader

South Waikato News - - Conversations - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

A Pu­taruru stu­dent’s ded­i­ca­tion to sport­ing lead­er­ship has been re­warded with the Sport Maker Award.

Court­ney Dun­can a year 12 stu­dent at Pu­taruru Col­lege re­ceived the award from Sport New Zealand.

Phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tor Ta­nia Rata said the 15-year-old is a role model for stu­dents at the school.

‘‘Court­ney is a tire­less leader within her com­mu­nity as a coach, player.

‘‘She has learnt how to adapt and mod­ify games to in­volve ev­ery­one as well as build on her lead­er­ship skills.’’

The Ki­wis­port Pro­gramme aims at get­ting school aged chil­dren par­tic­i­pat­ing in or­gan­ised sports.

Court­ney has been part of the pro­gramme for two years. Dur­ing this time she re­ceived the Com­mu­nity Lead­er­ship award in 2014 and 2015.

Court­ney said she en­joyed help­ing her peers im­prove their swim­ming skills.

‘‘The ex­pe­ri­ence you gain is truly worth it. If I didn’t vol­un­teer then oth­ers wouldn’t get the chance to par­tic­i­pate.’’

A few weeks ago she was also awarded with the Lead­er­ship award.

Part of the train­ing in­volved learn­ing how to deal with abu­sive be­hav­iour from the side­lines.

As a ref­eree for a range of sports Court­ney said deal­ing with riled up par­ents has been an eye opener.

‘‘It gives you the con­fi­dence to step up and deal with con­flict and not let­ting it go and do­ing some­thing about it and try­ing to rea­son.

‘‘The big one is net­ball. That can be tough some­times. It can be re­ally scary but you gotta take it in your stride.’’

Rata, sports co­or­di­na­tor for the col­lege, asked Court­ney to join when she no­ticed she was coach­ing her sib­ling’s soc­cer team.

The plan is to con­cen­trate on im­prov­ing grades so she can go to univer­sity to be a sec­ondary English and PE teacher.

‘‘Peo­ple say I do it be­cause it’s go­ing to look good on my CV but it’s not like that. I do it be­cause I en­joy it.’’

‘‘Peo­ple ask you what you wanted to be when you were five years old and I wanted to be a teacher and I like work­ing with kids and pass­ing on knowl­edge.

‘‘The big one is com­mu­ni­ca­tion. It was good show­ing how much com­mu­ni­ca­tion does con­trib­ute to the way you do things.’’

Court­ney Dun­can en­joys vol­un­teer­ing her time to help youth with their sport­ing achieve­ments.

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