Chang­ing of guard in sports roles

Bush Telegraph - - Explore Pahiatua - By STEVE CARLE´

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.

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