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Sport Manawatu is all about getting people of all ages and
backgrounds, active every day through sport, recreation and physical activity.

We serve and support the Manawatu, Horowhenua, Tararua and Palmerston North District Councils with opportunities
such as training for teachers and coaches, local and national funding, as well as amazing venues and sports events.

Everything we do aims to increase participation and active recreation as we constantly strive to inspire over 500 clubs,
100 primary schools, 20 secondary schools and over 40 regional sports associations or club equivalents.

Events

Manawatu Secondary School Sports Awards

31 October 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

News

1805, 2018

Keeping fit and active by playing sport or volunteering

May 18th, 2018|

Every year, more than 750,000 volunteers contribute over 50 million voluntary hours to sport in New Zealand. We call them "sport makers, hearts of our community", because without them, sport just simply wouldn't happen. Referees, line judges, club secretaries, fundraisers, team managers all make sport possible. Sports organisations are always on the lookout for new volunteers and there are numerous opportunities for joining the volunteer workforce to support sport in our region. Are you interested in getting involved? Sport Manawatū works closely with sports organisations to ensure they have enough volunteers to make sport happen. We offer a great range of support [...]

705, 2018

Commonwealth Games reps get hearty hometown welcome

May 7th, 2018|

It has been a busy first half of 2018 for the team here at Sport Manawatū. We're all taking stock of how well this region embraces sport and an active lifestyle. We have celebrated many of the region's top sports people, officials and coaches at both the Manawatū and Tararua Sports Awards, we have trained alongside the Whānau Tri participants, supported the hosting of New Zealand Secondary Schools Volleyball Championships, and have exceeded our targets for our successful Active Families programme. In my last column, I spoke about the success of our Palmerston North athletes competing on the world stage at the [...]

3004, 2018

Commonwealth Games success and options for winter exercise

April 30th, 2018|

  The Commonwealth Games are a pivotal event for many athletes across the world and I have had the privilege of being involved with the New Zealand team for three separate Games. This year was a little different and I relished the ability to take more of a spectator role than I could as an official member of the team. I did, however, get a chance to attend some of the games as I was invited to present a workshop on "culture and performance" at the Global Coaches Conference. It was a really special moment to see the Manawatū-based athletes performing so [...]

2404, 2018

TOP TARARUA SPORTSPEOPLE CELEBRATED AT ANNUAL AWARDS

April 24th, 2018|

Friday night saw the celebration of the Tararua region’s top sportspeople at the Downer Tararua Sports Awards, held at the Dannevirke Town Hall. The evening celebrated and recognised the achievements over the last two years. Taking out the Downer Supreme Sportsperson of the Year was water sports star, Anne Cairns. Cairns, who represented Samoa at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is also the first female to represent New Zealand across four disciplines: Wildwater kayaking, Sprint Flatwater Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting and Waka Ama. The professional firefighter was the obvious inspiring choice for the judging panel. The crowd was also treated to a [...]