Sport BOP Profile | Introducing Rachel!
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Rachel is Sport Bay of Plenty's project leader on the Keep on Your Feet programme - an initiative that is part of ACC's Live Stronger for Longer campaign to reduce falls and fractures in seniors.
Describe your role at Sport BOP in one sentence
My role is to create and manage strength and balance classes for the Keep on your Feet programme which looks at reducing falls in our older people all over the Eastern and Western Bay of Plenty.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job and why?
It is really special hearing the feedback from our participants saying how much their strength and mobility have improved, and hearing that they can now easily complete the daily activities that we so often take for granted.
What is the most challenging aspect and why?
Getting men into our classes! Our classes are very female dominated, perhaps due to the music and social aspect. Would be great to target men with specific classes and get our older men moving! They can be stubborn but need it just as much as the ladies!
When you’re not working at Sport BOP, what do you like to get up to?
I am relatively new to the Bay so I really enjoy exploring new places out in nature, and finding new fishing spots with my partner Mitch. I love singing and playing guitar, and I’m a sucker for a good book or jigsaw puzzle!
And for fun, if you could have any superpower what would it be and why?
I would love to be able to fly. I’m sure the world looks amazing from more than 5ft off the ground!
And anything else you would like to add about yourself that may be of interest?
I used to play electric guitar in a heavy rock band at high school playing everything from Iron Maiden to Metallica. Such fun times but feels like another life ago!
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