Teacher’s Tokyo trip a sport­ing chance


Waimea Col­lege teacher Gus Shirley is one of 10 PE teach­ers from across the coun­try head­ing off to Tokyo, as part of a week­long mis­sion to learn about the role of sport in Ja­pan.

The Ja­pan Sports Fo­rum, or­gan­ised by the Asia NZ Foun­da­tion, is de­signed to ‘‘deepen teach­ers’ aware­ness, of cul­ture, tra­di­tions and so­ci­ety in Ja­pan’’ and to pass on that knowl­edge to New Zealand stu­dents, when teach­ing about ma­jor up­com­ing sports events in the Asian coun­try.

Ja­pan is due to host the Rugby World Cup in 2019, the Par­a­lympics and Sum­mer Olympics in 2020, and the World Masters Games 2021. events, Asia NZ Foun­da­tion’s ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor Jeff John­stone said.

‘‘It’s giv­ing a pic­ture of the sports them­selves, and the whole cul­ture be­hind sumo or judo, to be able to ex­plain that, and you don’t get that from afar.’’

Waimea Col­lege PE teacher Gus Shirley, pic­tured at the school’s U15 rugby train­ing, is among 10 teach­ers across the coun­try head­ing to Tokyo for a sports fo­rum ar­ranged by the Asia NZ Foun­da­tion.

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