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.