En­cour­ag­ing girls to be ac­tive

Waihi Leader - - News - By ME­LANIE CAMOIN news@wai­hileader.co.nz

Waihi Col­lege’s Colour Fes­ti­val was launched to cel­e­brate young women and get them mov­ing.

The Col­lege has joined Sport Waikato’s ini­tia­tive, This is ME, part of a sec­ondary schools pro­gramme to help young women to be more ac­tive at school.

Last week, on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 24, a group of girls took part in fun phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties with tug-o-war, flip­per hur­dles, tar­get throw­ing and wheel­bar­row races and ended with the stu­dents throw­ing paint pow­der at each other.

Sport Waikato says the ini­tia­tive aims to grow girls’ and women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity of all kinds.

“It aims to con­nect girls and women with op­por­tu­ni­ties to get mov­ing that are rel­e­vant to them, with pos­i­tive mes­sages about get­ting and stay­ing ac­tive, and to one an­other through fun and in­clu­sive move­ment ex­pe­ri­ences.”

Re­search from Ac­tive NZ (2013-14) and Young Peo­ple’s Sur­vey (2011) sug­gests that sec­ondary school-aged girls drop out of sport quicker than any other de­fined group.

It shows that 48 per cent of 15 to 18-year-old girls play sports, but are likely to drop out quicker as they progress through sec­ondary school.

The gap between men and women do­ing sports is nar­row but adult women gen­er­ally par­tic­i­pate less of­ten, with 89 per cent tak­ing part in sports over 12 months com­pared to 81 for men.

To close the gap, Sport Waikato says the This is ME sec­ondary schools pro­gramme is a di­rect re­sponse to th­ese trends.

“It sees us work­ing with the fe­male stu­dents to iden­tify ways they would like to get mov­ing that are per­haps not able to be of­fered or made avail­able within their school set­ting — most of­ten th­ese are not sport re­lated and in­stead fo­cus on ac­tiv­ity and move­ment more broadly, rather than com­pe­ti­tion,” Sport Waikato’s par­tic­i­pa­tion growth ad­vi­sor Amy Mar­fell says.

Since the launch of This is ME in Waihi with a com­mu­nity fes­ti­val event held in Feb­ru­ary, Sports Waikato has been work­ing closely with Waihi Col­lege staff and stu­dents to en­gage their fe­male stu­dents.

The Waihi Col­lege Colour Fes­ti­val has been de­signed by the lead­er­ship group of young women in the school.

Amy says stu­dents will be able to gain NCEA cred­its for se­nior stu­dents and a Ki­wiS­port Lead­er­ship Qual­i­fi­ca­tion through its part­ner­ship with the Waikato In­sti­tute of Leisure and Sport Stud­ies.

‘ It aims to con­nect girls and women with op­por­tu­ni­ties to get mov­ing that are to rel­e­vant them . . .


Waihi Col­lege Lead­er­ship (girls’) group.


Tug-o-war bat­tle.

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