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Talent-tamer Teri wins regional award

Jul 1st, 2009 | By | Category: Latest News, News

teri-copyPINT-SIZED Teri Anderson is a woman on a mission to keep kids out of trouble through participation in sport.

“I have always had a passion for kids doing well,” she says.

Ms Anderson’s efforts were recognised when she won the New Zealand Community Trust Sport Volunteer of the Year Award for 2009 last month.

Considering herself a team player, the Wainuiomata resident says she did not expect to be the recipient of the award, part of the Dominion Post Wellington Sportsperson of the Year.

“I was embarrassed because I felt there were people far more worthy.”

From rugby pitch to the beach, Ms Anderson mixes up her volunteering efforts by supporting rugby in winter and surf life saving year-round.

Her roles cover junior co-convenor for the Paekakariki Surf Life Saving Club, manager for the Petone Rugby Club “Links” programme and rugby co-ordinator at Wainuiomata School.

Ms Anderson acknowledges the lack of volunteers in sport is a perpetual problem: “We don’t have enough support at every level with volunteering sporting groups.”

At her life saving club, Ms Anderson’s work gets involved at the grassroots level. She ties up equipment and drags trailers to shore some weekends, but also does a lot of administration.

“I am busy liaising with the coaches to make sure programmes are in place, liaising with parents and fundraising over winter.”

Ms Anderson is also leading the way within her club by training to become a certified lifeguard, and is undertaking the Canoe Masters later this year. Along with Lynette Imrie, she manages the nippers squad, under 16s, under 19s and Wellington reps. She also serves on the national Surf Advisory Committee.

She is equally dedicated to rugby, being funded by the Rugby Union three days a week to develop elite rugby talent at Wainuiomata High School.

“There are programmes for rep development and if [the players] are good enough, they can participate in training and coaching sessions run by the Hurricanes.”

Ms Anderson wants to ensure that young talented players continue playing rugby as they progress through the ranks. She assists in running the Links programme at Petone Rugby Club, which looks after talented younger players at college level.

PICTURE: Teri Anderson turns out to support young lifeguards.

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