Sport Clutha has introduced two new sports activators for South and West Otago primary schools this year.
Both Jacquita Warren and Paul Skipper come from experienced teaching backgrounds, and are looking forward to helping shape the minds of youngsters locally through physical and mental wellbeing.
Mrs Warren grew up in Dunedin, and has spent time teaching in Oamaru, Mosgiel, Canterbury and the South Otago area. She said she would be teaching seven primary schools throughout the South and West Otago areas, and loved everything about sports.
‘‘It’s really thrilling to shapes the minds of pupils in primary schools and I love showing them how fun sports and wellbeing really is.’’
She had moved back to the area with her husband and son to be closer to family, and the job felt ‘‘perfect’’ for her, she said.
‘‘I really enjoy working around the range of abilities throughout young children in primary schools, and it’s really refreshing to develop their minds with hands›on learning.’’
Mrs Warren also has a passion for equestrianism, and has competed in events throughout the South Island.
Paul Skipper has been involved with Pro›Fit gym in Balclutha and Milton for 29 years, and said he was extremely passionate about every aspect of health and wellbeing.
Balclutha born and bred, he has now made the transition from training professional and local athletes to tending to the minds of young children in primary schools.
‘‘It’s not a drastic change to what I’m used to, but the age change has been great and I’ve adapted to the difference in ages that I’ve begun teaching,’’ Mr Skipper said.
He takes care of 10 primary schools throughout the wider district, and said he was enjoying the challenge.
He enjoys illustrating the mental challenges of sport and wellbeing alongside the physical, to give his young charges a better understanding of health and wellbeing.
‘‘It’s not all about the fitness angle. There is so much more than that, and it’s really good to show the different parts of wellbeing to younger children as it’s basically their first introduction to more in›depth physical education.’’
Both new activators said they were looking forward to tailoring their programmes to each individual school culture during the year ahead.