Ten years keep­ing lo­cals ac­tive and liv­ing well

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

When Heather Price joined the South Waikato branch of Sport Waikato she never would have guessed she’d be work­ing there as long as she has.

It’s been 10 years since the pop­u­lar Ac­tive and Well co­or­di­na­tor, who is af­fec­tion­ately known as ‘Pricey’, joined the branch in what was meant to be a short-term role.

But the for­mer Waihi Col­lege sports co­or­di­na­tor and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher said she has no re­grets about stay­ing as long as she has.

‘‘I was in the right place at the right time when I got this job,’’ she said.

‘‘I had taken a year off teach­ing and did a big Over­seas Ex­pe­ri­ence (OE) and dur­ing that time I de­cided I would quit teach­ing be­cause of all the pa­per­work.’’

‘‘I was vis­it­ing my daugh­ter back in Waihi and she took me down to a friend of hers who worked for Sport Waikato and she said ‘‘Pricey what are you go­ing to do with your­self?’’

‘‘The next thing I knew she was on the phone to an­other friend at Sport Waikato, the for­mer head girl at Waihi Col­lege who I knew quite well, and I had an in­ter­view.’’

‘‘We had just bought a place in Man­gakino that was sup­posed to be a doer-up­per and move-on so the in­ten­tion was never to be in the job for this length of time but as it’s worked out if you en­joy your job why change?’’ she laughed.

Price, who for sev­eral years played top level hockey and soc­cer, rep­re­sent­ing Tau­ranga and Waikato, said she still en­joys her role.

‘‘I run a free 12-week pro­gramme where I help peo­ple with their ex­er­cise and nu­tri­tion as well as nu­tri­tion work­shops,’’ she said.

‘‘You al­ways get peo­ple that fall through the cracks but we have had nu­mer­ous suc­cess sto­ries of peo­ple mak­ing real life­style changes and the big thing for me and why I am still in this job is be­cause I ac­tu­ally en­joy help­ing peo­ple.’’

She de­scribed her decade with Sport Waikato as an ‘‘en­joy­able chap­ter’’ in her life.

‘‘My hus­band and I are now get­ting to that stage where we have worked all our lives and it is time to start chill­ing out a bit,’’ she said.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ STUFF

South Waikato Sport Waikato Ac­tive and Well co­or­di­na­tor Heather Price.

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