Sport Hawkes Bay offers support and advice following the sentencing of a former volleyball coach and administrator


Recent media coverage of the conviction and sentencing of a former volleyball administrator and coach regarding her manipulation of a young player under her care is an important reminder to all sports organisations regarding the protection of young people in the care of adults in the sporting context.

The former Volleyball Hawke's Bay employee Gemma Carlisle was sentenced to 10 months home detention for ill-treating a child and perverting the course of justice.

It is important that any sports organisation, particularly those involved in junior sport, have processes in place to vet and check the backgrounds and credibility of their front line people particularly those who are directly involved with junior athletes.

At Sport Hawke's Bay we go to great lengths to Police Check our people be they staff, volunteers or practicum students and we would urge that all sports organisations do the same.

Our team at Sport Hawke's Bay are happy to offer advice and support as to how to do this.

The case of Gemma Carlisle is particularly perplexing, (not to mention totally unacceptable), as there was no previous history that would have shown up through any vetting process.

With this in mind we would suggest that all sports organisations remain vigilant and take a proactive approach to anything that might seem unusual.

Doing nothing may not be an option.

A proactive and vigilant approach can protect and support adults also and there are a number of strategies that clubs and codes can put in place to protect their people.

There are so many fantastic, passionate coaches working so hard in our community for the good of sport and they need protecting also from the unacceptable behaviours of a few.

Again our team at Sport Hawke's Bay can provide guidance and support in this area.

Colin Stone
Chief Executive
Sport Hawke's Bay

Hawke's Bay's Clive Pool to reopen this Sunday



The Clive War Memorial Swimming Pool will reopen this Sunday, following a $2.1m upgrade.

The official reopening ceremony will be held on Sunday 27th April at 9.45am and will include a blessing of the building. There will be FREE entry to the pool from 10am till 3.30pm on Sunday.

The upgrade included a number of major improvements.  The filtration system has been changed to improve the water quality in the pool and to allow the two pools to be heated independently. The learners pool will now be heated to a comfortable 32 degrees.  Work has been done to improve the efficiency of the heating and air handling system, making for a more pleasant atmosphere inside the facility. The roof of the building has also been replaced, as have some sections of the external walls.

Heretaunga Ward Councillor Rod Heaps says “It is pleasing to see this upgrade come to fruition. The pool is centrally located between Hastings and Napier and is ideally situated to serve the wider Hawke’s Bay community. There has been a focus recently on ensuring our young people become more aware of water safety and the new learn to swim programmes which are on offer will certainly help achieve that goal. The new, modern changing rooms, extended opening hours and dedicated lanes for the more serious swimmer will also help make the pool more user friendly.”


Fellow Heretaunga Ward Councillor George Lyons says “The focus on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings, in particular, will be recreational swimming for families and the management will attempt to keep at least two lanes available for lane swimming. The Learn to Swim classes will be delivered by AustSwim qualified instructors and that will ensure the programmes are of the highest quality.”

Enrolments are now open for the new Learn to Swim programmes. The classes begin on Monday May 5th which coincides with the beginning of term two of the school year. Classes will cater for children from the age of six months through to adults and numbers will be limited to ensure maximum attention from an instructor.


The new opening hours for the Clive Pool will be Monday to Thursday 6.30am to 6.30pm; Friday 6.30am to 5pm; Saturday 10am to 3.30pm; Sunday 10am to 1pm. The pool is also available for kids birthday parties on a Friday evening or late Saturday afternoon.

Bookings for Learn to Swim classes can be made on 8707492, Monday – Friday between 9am and midday orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Napier sailors Olivia and Abbey place third at the champs in Britain


New Zealand has won a mass of medals at the RYA Youth National Championships Regatta which wrapped up on Friday 18th April in Weymouth, UK.

The contingent of young kiwis collected one gold, two silver and two bronze medals across the range of skiff, double-handed and single-handed classes.

The major youth regatta has provided the young kiwis an opportunity to race in big fleets against some tough competition in the lead-up to the pinnacle regatta in mid July in Tavira, Portugal - the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships.

Markus Somerville (Wakatere Boating Club) and Isaac McHardie (Hamilton Yacht Club) took the RYA Youth Nationals gold medal in the 29er skiff class after a tight battle with Britain's best pair Owen Bowerman and Morgan Peach. For Somerville this was a title defence having also sailed at this RYA regatta in 2013, then paired with Jack Simpson, the duo going on to win the 29er bronze medal at the 2013 ISAF Youth World Championship.

McHardie is also a proven talent for New Zealand helming the SL16 multihull at the 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships to a gold medal.

The silver medals came from New Zealand's single-handed sailors with Trent Rippey (Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club) finishing a close 2nd in the Laser Radial class, while Ali Nightingale (Charteris Bay Yacht Club) was the second girl in the Laser Radial.

Sam Barnett and Zak Merton (both from the Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club), New Zealand's Boy's 420 representatives secured the bronze medal in the 420 class in Weymouth last week.

Together Barnett and Merton sailed in the 2013 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team and finished 5th at last year's ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships; the pair have shown excellent form in 2014 to date winning both the 2014 Australian Youth Trials Regatta and taking out the tough fought 420 class at 2014 Oceanbridge Sail Auckland.

Olivia Mackay and Abby Goodwin from the Napier Sailing Club were 3rd female crew (and 9th overall in the 44-strong 420 fleet). And Patrick Haybittle, competing in the RS:X windsurfing placed 7th.

Yachting New Zealand's Talent Development Manager Ian Neely was in Weymouth with the group, as part of the coaching team together with Jim Malonley. He says; "Both Jim and I were really happy with how the event went for the NZL team, it was great for us to get some big fleet racing."

"It helped to confirm where we are strong, but more importantly highlighted the areas of focus for our team to work on over the next few months as we lead in to the ISAF Worlds."

The regatta is Britain's pre-eminent regatta for youth sailors and the New Zealand contingent who took part are all members of the 2014 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team who are preparing for the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships. For their British rivals the regatta is a selection event determining who will represent Great Britain at July's ISAF Youth Worlds.

Hawkes Bay Police urge schools and clubs to be vigilant after a coach is sentenced


Hawke's Bay Police are urging schools and sports clubs to be more vigilant around the use of sports coaches after a woman was sentenced in court today on charges relating to a relationship she had with a young student.

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The Bluewater Napier City Rovers hope Good Friday is what it says it is.


The Bluewater Napier City Rovers are optimistic that Good Friday will be their time for redemption as they take on Lower Hutt City in Wellington tomorrow.

After receiving a 5-1 thrashing by the Miramar Rangers the Rovers are hoping to bounce back and gain maximum points in the next round of their Lotto Central League campaign.

But winning won't come easy and you would have to go back a few years to the last time the Rover's beat the Wellingtonians which was in June 2012 at Park Island.

To make matters worse Rovers will be without right back Fergus Neil, who will jet off to Ontario to play for Kingston FC in the Canadian Premier League.

But the rest of the squad is definitely willing and able and coach Bill Robertson has said that if the team can perform to the standard that he knows they can he is confident of returning with a win.



Hugh Henderson says goodbye as he leaves Central Districts HQ in Napier


Central Districts boss Hugh Henderson is calling it quits after more than a decade in the sports industry and has decided to try his hand in the business arena.

The 43 year old will leave late next month after buying into a marketing consultancy business.

Henderson arrived at the Central Districts HQ after leaving the New Zealand Rugby Union and had no cricket background which many were quick to criticise.

When questioned over his departure Henderson said he had always planned on reviewing his position at the end of four years and felt it was a good opportunity for someone else to come in.

He also said that the position had provided some real challenges with some financial highs and lows but he was proud of what he had achieved.

The Stags have had a dreadful season but Henderson said the coach was not to blame and that it came down to the loss of several seasoned campaigners over a two to three-year period.

He said that he believes that the appointment of Craig Ross as the director of cricket will play a key role in the Central Districts moving forward.

He also said that there has been a definite change in the way that things are done and there has been more thought into practices.

The Central Districts board will decide on the new chief executive with the help of New Zealand Cricket.