His competing days may be over but Dave Barrett is just as keen to see the next generation get the most out of sport, which is why he has volunteered to help co-ordinate this season's volleyball tournament.
Dave is a former athlete from Toronto, Canada, his chosen discipline pole vault.
Although he is not forthcoming in admitting it, it turns out Dave has a number of medals under his belt from his time participating in the Canadian nationals.
Dave and his partner Leslie moved to Kaikoura in January from Christchurch where they had been based for about a year.
They were fortunate to have been out of the city for both the major quakes and did not suffer too much in the aftermath from damage, so the move was not an escape, more a chance to be closer to friends and enjoy the scenery.
A retired school teacher, Dave has a long love affair with sport.
He taught phys ed for many years and with his interest in athletics he was almost bound to get into coaching.
"I was never really a volleyball player," he says.
"I got interested in coaching it while teaching ... and along with a friend went through a week- long intensive coaching programme."
The course taught Dave all he needed to know about the skills and rules of the game, and this was the basis for a 20-year stint as school volleyball coach.
He took the senior team while his friend coached the juniors, passing on some well-trained players up the ranks.
"We became quite successful, even winning a bronze in the provincial championships one year, which was quite an achievement."
The team also had some successes at the city championships for many years.
So when Dave saw an article last year about volleyball in Kaikoura, he jumped at the chance to get involved, contacting Glenis Hanley at the high school to offer his support. Now he is co-ordinator for the tournament to be held each Tuesday evening at the school.
"It's just such a good sport. Kids can learn valuable life skills like courage, physical skills and camaraderie ... of course you like to win but it's about socialising too, about showing a common interest."
Dave has over the years developed a rapport with his students and as a result of many years coaching has become quite a volleyball enthusiast.
He would love to see some local players develop an interest and take the sport to the next level, and believes talent is all over the place if you know where to find it.
For him, the beauty of volleyball is that all ages and abilities can play against each other and manage to have good fun.
If you have a team and would like to join in, or are a player looking for a team, why not sign up? Forms can be found at the high school.
The competition kicks off on July 17 and will be held each Tuesday evening from 6pm till 8pm, at the school.
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