Spring Starter Series for Women
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Sport Bay of Plenty is encouraging women to put a spring in their step and try a new sport or recreational activity as part of its Spring Starter Series.
Now in its third year, the popular series offers women a range of low-cost or free beginners’ activities across four, five or six-week blocks in the Western, Eastern and Central Bay of Plenty. This year’s activities include everything from golf and yoga to Pilates, rock climbing and swimming lessons.
Sport Bay of Plenty’s recreation team leader Sonia Lynds said the activities are designed to be fun, social and supportive, and the range of options ensures there’s something for all ages, abilities and fitness levels.
“The recent Active NZ survey by Sport New Zealand shows that, on average, females of all ages are more likely than males to want to participate more.
“However, we know that time, prioritising family, and knowing where or who to connect with for the right activity are all barriers to participation.”
Past participant Pam Wheadon jumped at the chance to try mountain biking last year. Wheadon has done some riding over the years, but really wanted to know more about mountain biking and safety. She now rides with family, including her grandkids.
“The sessions helped me gain confidence and learn more about gears, balance, cornering and the bike. It’s also a great opportunity to discover the redwoods right on our doorstep.”
Amy Hayes from Kawerau has participated in the series for the past two years, and said the activities are a great chance to try something new and meet like-minded people.
“Cost and juggling work and kids has always been the biggest challenge for me, so it’s been great to find affordable and flexible options.
Amy and a group of other participants even continued to do bootcamp sessions after last year’s series because they found the experience so empowering.
“I’d encourage any women to give it a go – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
The series is hosted by Sport Bay of Plenty’s Play in the Bay initiative, a project which aims to connect the community with low-cost, accessible ways to explore the region and get involved in sport and recreation. Sport Bay of Plenty is working with a number of activity providers from around the Bay to make the series possible.
Registrations are open until Tuesday, August 28. Places are limited, so get in quick to avoid disappointment.
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