Kelvin “Tiny” Carruthers has been announced as the region’s new Sport Central community sport advisor. Sport Otago and Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) created the new role to support clubs with their needs, including quality and quantity of coaches, capability and increasing participation.
Carruthers will be based at the Wanaka Recreation Centre and will act as a community liaison and dedicated resource in the development of sports facility hubs in the Upper Clutha region. “The local clubs in the area are doing a great job, but many are feeling pressure as the population grows, putting pressure on both volunteers and facilities. My role is to assist clubs in whatever they need. To this end, I want to run a series of forums in the new year and encourage all clubs to attend as, whatever the issues, co-operation and collaborations are the key to success.”
Carruthers previously worked as the Sports Clutha regional coordinator, working with the South Otago communities at individual-, club-, sports organisations- and school-level, as well as previously working as the Director of Sport at John McGlashan College in Dunedin.
“I’m very excited about living and working in paradise! I’ve spent a month getting around and meeting many of people that drive sport in the Wanaka Basin. I’m enjoy the vibrant culture that exists here in Wanaka, some great personalities and a wonderful array of expertise in so many different sporting fields,” he said.
Wanaka Recreation Centre manager Jason Lawless said he is looking forward to working alongside Carruthers.
“Along with the responsibility for the coordination of the Regional Sport and Recreation Facilities Strategy, Tiny will work to support local clubs and connect them with key facilities to help them develop and grow. This has clear benefits for the Upper Clutha community and will help QLDC Sport and Recreation achieve its goal of getting more people, more active, more often.”