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Brian Lochore OBE
Sir Wilson Whineray
Chairman in 1997/1998
New Zealand is a sporting nation.
The Hillary Commission is the government body responsible for supporting sport
and encouraging New Zealanders to lead active lives. This is a broad role. We
have set three priorities - young people, coaching at all levels including high
performance sport, and active living - for the funds we manage and our own programmes.
Young People First
Sport plays a major part in young people's lives. All sport activity is a combination
of two sets of skills. Physical skills are needed to master the technical elements
of a game. Running, throwing and catching are skills that can be coached from
the earliest age. They are the building blocks of skills that young people develop
as they become more involved in sport.
But sport But sport is more than
just a physical thing. Attitude skills are also needed for sport: skills such
as leadership, being part of a team, discipline, fair play and striving for success.
Good coaches and parents teach these skills, and everyone agrees that young people
need them. Because sport is so important for young people and they are the future
of sport, the Hillary Commission puts young people first in its priorities.
Sport is something you learn. Everyone who plays sport needs coaching, whether
they are just starting out or preparing for an Olympic final. The Hillary Commission
supports coaching at every level, beginning with KiwiSport in primary schools
through to high-performance coaching academies. The recent Coaches Count campaign
has raised the profile of coaching in the community and it is good to see that
coaches are starting to get the credit they deserve. Some of the most important
coaches in New Zealand are teachers - last year over 13,700 volunteered for KiwiSport
training to give their students a better sporting chance. In 1998 we celebrated
10 great years of KiwiSport and said 'Thanks Teach' for the work teachers do in
Coaching is important at every level
and, at the highest level, good coaching makes all the difference. The Hillary
Commission invested nearly $12 million in high- performance sport in 1997/98 -
we are committed to helping New Zealand coaches give their athletes the best possible
preparation. The Commission has a contract with the New Zealand Sports Foundation
to help sports produce champions. The majority of these funds are dedicated to
the coaches who make it happen.
Two thirds of New Zealand adults lead active lives. This means that on most days
of the week they are physically active for at least 30 minutes - in their leisure
time. This is the level of activity that medical researchers now prescribe for
a healthier life. Many of these adults are involved in sporting activities - overall
a third of us are members of sports clubs. But aside from organised sport, New
Zealanders have a multitude of active leisure options to take advantage of. Walking,
gardening, swimming and tramping are all popular activities, and in some cases
their popularity is growing. Promoting opportunities for people to lead active
lives is a priority for the Commission, but has proven to be a difficult task.
There is a need for effective action
in this area. Hundreds of adults die prematurely each year from medical conditions
that physical activity could minimise or prevent. There is no shortage of evidence
to support the need for more work in this area - the National Health Committee
has recently called on Government to treat physical inactivity as a health policy
For its part the Hillary Commission
has contracts with its delivery partners - the sports trusts - to enable them
to create and promote opportunities to encourage more people to be more active.
The Green Prescriptions promotion is starting to show results and more Maori are
being reached through He Oranga Poutama in much of the country. But we are looking
for an attitude and lifestyle change in at least 180,000 adults by 2000, and this
will take continued effort by our partners. A major taskforce chaired by my Commission
colleague Dr David Gerrard has also recommended that a communications campaign
is needed to make physical activity a personal issue for people who are not active
for 30 minutes a day. Work on this has started, for a 1999 launch.
With funding from the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board and some direct contribution
from Government, the Hillary Commission was able to invest $37 million into sport
and active living activities in 1997/98. Because sport is largely a volunteer
sector, these funds make an enormous difference to the way many organisations
are contributing to their community. With good management the funds have achieved
our targeted results in almost every area, which reflects the growing skills of
our partners and the organisations we support.
Sport makes a major contribution
to the communities we all live in. The three priorities of the Commission will
enable us to enhance that contribution and improve the quality of life that New
Zealanders enjoy. As Chairman for five years I am proud to have worked with my
fellow Commissioners, who are each enormously committed to bettering our communities
and our national profile through sport.
Wilson Whineray OBE
The Hillary Commission says farewell to Sir Wilson Whineray as Chairman and welcomes
Brian Lochore OBE to this role.