The position of Regional Sports Director was established in 1987 as an initiative of the Christchurch Secondary Schools Principals Association and became operational in 1988. It replaced the Christchurch Secondary Schools Sports Masters’ Association, and the Christchurch Secondary Schools Sports Mistresses’ Association.
The Canterbury Regional Sports Director is one of fifteen Regional Sports Directors nationally, and the Canterbury position was the first to be established. Similar positions were subsequently established by Principals Associations in Auckland and Wellington, followed by a joint initiative in Waikato between the Principals Association and Sport Waikato (Regional Sports Trust)
The position of Sports Director was established by the Christchurch Secondary Schools Principals Association, and continues to be owned by the Canterbury/West Coast Secondary Schools Principals Association. The Association established a subcommittee, the Sports Director’s Management Committee, to manage the position. Initially, this committee consisted of four principals, and the chairpersons of the existing Sports Masters’ and Sports Mistresses’ Association. Since the inception of the NZ Secondary Schools Sports Council, the Canterbury/Aoraki/West Coast principal representative on the NZSSSC Board is a co-opted member of the committee if not already on the committee.
Initially, 28 schools in the greater Christchurch area were the founding partners of the office. A further thirteen Christchurch schools have subsequently joined the office. In 1993, the eight Canterbury country high and area schools, which comprise the Combined Country High Schools Sports Association, joined the office. Ashburton and Mt Hutt Colleges are dual partners of both the Aoraki and Canterbury offices.
Principal members of the Management Committee are elected on a needs basis at general meetings of the Principals Association. Heads of Sport are represented by two members, one of which is elected each year for a two year term. They are eligible for re-election.
The current 2011 / 2012 Management Committee is:
Prue Taylor (Chairperson, Principal, Christchurch Girls' High School- Principal representative on NZSSSC)
Trevor McIntyre (Headmaster - Christchurch Boys' High School)
Phil Holstein (Principal Riccarton High School)
Justin Boyle (Rector, St Bede’s College)
Gillian Simpson (Principal, St. Margaret's College)
Christine Todd (Christchurch Boys' High School, representing Heads of Sports)
Richard James (Lincoln High School, representing Heads of Sports)
Who are we? What do we do?
Secondary school sport in Canterbury is promoted by School Sport Canterbury, the office of the Regional Sports Directors.
The office serves 39 Christchurch secondary schools, 7 nearby country schools and 2 Mid Canterbury schools. We offer an information service to 7 schools on the West Coast.
The Sports Director’s Office has a major role of communication with its partner schools, their staff, coaches and students.
The educational needs of young sportspeople in our schools are paramount.
There are two fundamental aims of the Sports Director’s Office:
SPORTS WE OFFER
Participating schools have the opportunity to compete in Canterbury Secondary School Championships organised by the Regional Sports Director's Office:
Ski and Snowboard
Christchurch schools close at approximately 2.30pm on Wednesday afternoons to enable students to participate in competitions in:
Petanque (Term 4)
Multi Sport (Duathlon & Triathlon)
Ten Pin Bowling
The Regional Sports Director’s office also organises competitions in
Basketball (Friday) and Volleyball (Monday)