Sport Tasman's new face

Last updated 11:01 16/05/2014

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As a keen gymnast and dancer, Terri Willcocks is quick on her feet. It's a skill that she will need in her new job as community sport adviser for Sport Tasman in Marlborough.

The 25 year-old from Oamaru started work at the regional sport trust's Blenheim office last week, just three days after arriving home from Sydney where she has spent the last couple of years.

It was the first job she applied for after deciding to return to New Zealand and she's delighted to be in Marlborough.

Willcocks, who has a degree in physical education from Otago University, is relishing the challenge of getting to know local administrators, coaches and volunteers and help them get their clubs humming and grow the number of young people playing sport.

"I hope to bring a positive and lively energy to the sporting community in Marlborough."

She said her experience in working as an operations assistant for Southern Zone Rugby League in Otago and then as gymnastics manager at Penrith YMCA, the second largest club in New South Wales, will be invaluable in her new role.

"I came across many different sporting initiatives and programmes that may be able to be implemented effectively here.

"My last job was very business focused and limiting and I wanted to return to a community-based role and coming back to New Zealand was a bonus."

As well as having a passion for gymnastics and dancing, Willcocks hopes to find time to play hockey and explore the outdoors with her Siberian husky Yasmin.

Sport Tasman Community Sport general manager Tony Thomas said they were delighted to have Willcocks as part of the Marlborough team.

"Terri will bring a lot of value to getting more people more active more often throughout the region."

She joins Sonya Sutherland and Melanie Greenwood, who is returning soon from maternity leave, in a newly reshaped Marlborough community sport team after the move of Chris Goodman and Marty Vercoe to the Tasman Rugby Union this year.

To contact Sport Tasman in Marlborough ring 03 577 8855.

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- The Marlborough Express

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