Changing of guard in sports roles
It’s a changing of the guard at Bush Multi-Sport Trust in Pahiatua. Raylene Treder takes over from Kelly Christensen as Bush Multi-Sport facility manager while Kelly takes on the role of Tararua’s new sport recreation adviser for Sport Manawatu.
Kelly has spent just over five years as facility manager. Her first hurdle was the implementation of the Waireka Community Trust fitness track. The groundwork was prepared by Angela Leatherby.
“My next heavy hitter was to acquire the purchase of land from the Pahiatua Saleyards Committee on behalf of Tararua District Council for any projects the trust was going to look at,” said Kelly.
David Lea said at the time it was a “baptism of fire” for Kelly.
Local lawyer Peter Lindstrom was chairman of the Bush MulitSports Trust at the time.
The Wheel Park project was decided for the land and a subcommittee to see its inception was formed with Erica Gleeson, Raylene Treder and Jared Brock.
At the trust’s annual general meeting last Tuesday night, Peter Lindstrom thanked Kelly for her service and the many ideas she brought to the job. One of these was the Under-5s Activity Gym which is held on Friday mornings at Bush Stadium.
“I’d seen a need in the community. I was hunting for a place to locate it before I applied for the job. With Fonterra Grass Roots funding for equipment, away we went,” said Kelly.
In her volunteer role as coordinator for Junior Football in Pahiatua, as an add-on she helped to establish the senior men’s team three years ago.
“We’d never had a football team in Pahiatua, so now we have one,” she said.
Facility use has grown and stabilised since Kelly was employed. The utilisation is growing throughout the year “probably because we have inspired social sport competitions to be featured. That’s where I’ve managed to grow the base of use,” she said. “Bush Multi-Sport facility is a perfect example of a passionate, small rural community and what it can achieve. Outsiders are constantly amazed. A lot of locals don’t know what they can use here. It’s not an excessive cost to hire.”
Kelly has brought in a lot of corporates to use the facility and has concentrated on getting casual staff to form an operational team.
■ Raylene Treder started as the new facility manager at Bush Multi-Sports Trust at the end of April. With her experience as former trust secretary for the last five years, 20 years banking experience, being on the Wheel Park committee and before that the Harvard committee, Raylene was a logical choice for an internal promotion. She has a love of all sports having played squash, basketball and currently plays centre forward for Eketahuna Women’s hockey team, playing at Clareville. She volunteers to organise Bush Junior Hockey.
■ In Kelly’s new role as Tararua recreation adviser she intends to listen to different communities in the wider district.
As a district position Kelly will have desks at both Dannevirke and Pahiatua council offices and will travel to where the need arises. Her role is to be the point of call for all things sport and recreation, strengthen and build communities, assisting with funding and administration processes, and will call upon the wider Sport Manawatu team to assist in the district.
Kelly is a retired runner and a “chatty Cantabrian”, according Peter Lindstrom. Her sporting achievements were in the South Island although she represented New Zealand in Ekiden team relays in Japan over a marathon distance.
Peter Lindstrom spoke at the recent annual general meeting and described Kelly as being “ever the diplomat”.
Raylene Treder, new Bush MultiSport facility manager, and Kelly Christensen, Tararua’s new sport recreation adviser for Sport Manawatu.