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Fiona Ward - Regional Sports Director

Fiona graduated from Dunedin Training College with a Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Teaching in 1984. She then spent several years first teaching in the primary sector then teaching for 6 years as a PE teacher and teacher in charge of health at Cargill High School.  She then took over the role of Regional Sports Director in 1993 and has continued in this role. Sport has always played a major part in Fiona’s life having played both netball and touch at Southland representative levels. Other interests include coaching, running and gym classes .

Fiona works fulltime and is contactable on her cellphone is 027 430 7509.

Sheena Smith - 

Sheena works alongs side Fiona on a part time basis providing administrative and event management support. Sheena has formerly volunteered as a school Sports Co- ordinator and has coached and managed various sports teams. Sheena is contactable on her cellphone 027 244 0919.


SportFit is the SPARC (Sport and Recreation New Zealand) programme benefiting New Zealand secondary school aged young people (13 to 18 year olds).Sport NZ  values the role schools play in fostering an environment where more young people are physically active in sport and recreation. Through SportFit, Sport NZ establishes partnerships with schools and organisations who wish to expand or improve the quality of sport and recreation for this age group.

Key elements within the SportFit programme:

Kiwisport Funding

On behalf of the Ministry of Education SPARC did manage contracts in secondary schools (with a roll greater than 25 students), to provide funding towards the direct employment of Sport and Recreation Coordinator(s). However for 2010 and onward direct government funding to schools called Kiwisport funding replaces the SPARC funding . This funding is soley based on the school role . Primary students receive aproximatley $13 per students and secondary school students $21 per child .Schools can use this direct funding as they see fit. All the Southland Secondary schools have chosen to continue channelling this fund into continuing the employment of a sports coordinator .

Kiwisport Aims

To increase the number of school -aged children participating in organised sport
To increase the availability and accessability of sports opportunities for school aged children
Support childdren in developing skillsthat will enable them to compete effectively in sport

Tu Manawa fund

This replaces the previus Kiwisport fund

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa provides funding for programmes or projects delivering play, active recreation and sport experiences for tamariki and rangatahi. These may be new or already operating. 

We know from research that there are some groups who are more at risk of missing out or being less active, including those living with a disability, in higher deprivation communities and girls and young women. Programmes or projects that reach these groups will be prioritised for funding. 

For more information Click here

Regional Sports Directors

Whatever your role in secondary school sport, you're not on your own. The nationwide network of RSDs is there to help. The RSDs work with schools to:

improve the quality and quantity of sport and recreation provision in the school;
facilitate programmes to develop mentors (coaches, officials, administrators);
facilitate inter-school competitions and tournaments; and
promote collaboration between schools and community sport and recreation providers.
For a full contact list of all RSD’s, check out the NZ School Sport website.

School Sport NZ

School Sport NZ is the sport service organisation that co-ordinates, promotes and protects secondary school sport for students. NZSSSC act as guardian of the heritage and the values of secondary school sport for all students. For more information, check out their website, Click here