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Primary school sport lifts its game

Posted at 5:22am Thursday 08 Nov, 2018 | By Emma Conyngham newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz


Jamie Lane recently started in a new role as Regional Sport Director for the Central Otago Primary School Sport Association (COPSSA). It's a new role, created by the principals of Central Otago primary schools to increase communication and co-ordination between all the primary schools in the Central Otago area, and to create pathways for children to enjoy competing and participating in sport.

Part of the objective was to divide Central Otago into zones: Dunstan (including Alexandra, Cromwell, Roxburgh); Wakatipu (Queenstown, Glenorchy, Arrowtown), and Upper Clutha (Wanaka, Hawea, Makarora). Students who complete in school competitions, then proceed onto a zone competition before competing in the Central Otago finals. By adding another layer of competition it gives children more practise in a competitive environment. It also provides a solution to the booming population growth as more and more kids compete and qualify for regional level.

The school sports currently under Jamie's remit include: athletics, orienteering, cross country, swimming and triathlon.

“Team sports such as rugby, soccer, netball, hockey and snow sports are yet to be integrated into the programme so kids can compete at zones then regional level for their schools,” said Jamie.

The long-term goal is to provide zone and regional competitions for all school sports.

Jamie and his wife came down from Auckland for the role. “My main focus is that the kids' experience is good quality and that I support the schools as best I can,” he said. “Now that there are zones there is a new level of competition. It's a forward thinking because we have population growth that simply mean more kids playing sport and these competitions are only going to get bigger and bigger.”


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