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Rugby isn’t just our national sport, it is also being used to develop life skills for students at Hastings Boys’ High School. The school has a long and successful track record playing rugby, winning the New Zealand secondary schools top title in 2019, as well as producing first class rugby players, but it is now looking to take this winning formula to create leaders off the field. In partnership with the Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust (HBCFCT) year 10-13 students are the first inductees of the HBHS Hauora Rugby Academy, a holistic development programme, being delivered at the Trust’s Sport Excellence Hub at Mitre 10 Park in Hastings. Hastings Boys’ High School head of rugby Tafai Ioasa says the aim of the academy is to create well-rounded individuals who positively contribute to the community and are driven to succeed in their careers outside of rugby.

After a COVID19 enforced cancellation in 2020, the 29th Hastings Karamu Rotary Club cocktail party is set to raise funds to enable the Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust to deliver programmes focussed on improving the health and wellbeing of youth. Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust chairman Sir Graeme Avery said the cancellation in 2020 was a huge setback after a total of $175,000 was raised from the cocktail party in 2018 and 2019. “We do rely on the generous support of the community to assist in the continuation of a range of programmes that we deliver such as athlete development and programmes that focus on at-risk youth and creating positive career pathways.

  A pilot youth development programme involving 12 Flaxmere College students developed in partnership between DOVE Hawke’s Bay and Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust is revealing untapped potential and talent. Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust Manager Sport & Health Performance Joe Payton says team building activities and physical fitness are used to develop resilience, communication, team building and leadership. They will also learn about nutrition and movement competency.

The Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust has outlined its future as a host of national and international multi-sports and as a generator of significant income to the region. New Zealand Minister for Sport & Recreation, Grant Robertson today visited the new facilities at Mitre 10 Park in Hastings, where he met a number of New Zealand’s top athletes training there as part of Athletics NZ performance camp.

  Hawke’s Bay will have a new aquatic centre by 2022 thanks to $32 million in funding from the Government’s shovel ready projects fund. “It’s a game changer for the region,” says Sir Graeme Avery, chair of the Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust, which will be adding the aquatic centre to the community health and sports facility it owns and manages at Mitre 10 Park in Hastings.

World and Olympic champion shot putter Dame Valerie Adams is part of the world-class entourage camped in Hawke's Bay. Photo / Warren Buckland Hawke's Bay Today World champions, Olympic medalists and "the most promising emerging talent New Zealand has seen for a long time" have descended on the EIT Institute of Sport and Health. Chairman of the HB Community Fitness Centre Trust, Sir Graeme Avery, said the local world-class package attracted world-class athletes.