After more than six years with Sport Otago, Clutha's regional sport co-ordinator and regular Clutha Leader columnist Kelvin (Tiny) Carruthers is stepping down.
We had a few questions for Tiny before he heads north to his new job as director of sport at John McGlashan College in Dunedin.
What were the highlights of your Sport Clutha role?
Developing a tournament schedule in primary schools, so now hopefully when kids leave school they have enjoyed various sports and developed fundamental skills which can take them in any direction. Also, organising more coaching visits and meeting so many people from all over the district. Bringing many Sport Otago programmes into the district such as the pre-schools programme and green prescription was another highlight.
The best sporting event you've been involved with?
The rippa tournaments grow every year and we seem to improve the quality each year as well. The Ranfurly Shield visit and the All Blacks and World Cup visit was great. I enjoyed bringing things like surfing to the area and its been great meeting sporting personalities such as Sarah Ulmer, Alison Shanks and Aaron Smith.
Why are you leaving?
I'm leaving because the opportunity at John McGlashan was too good to turn down, to be able to focus on one school which has indicated it is keen to develop their sport further. It is also an opportunity to live in a city for a change, even though we have loved living on a farm in the wonderful Taumata Clinton community. The move means we will be close to our three girls who are all living in Dunedin.
Is there anything you will miss?
I will miss walking down the street and everyone knowing your name, 80-year-olds right through to pre-school kids. Now that we are leaving I realise what our district has to offer. To be able to go down to the coast and get a feed of sea food. The people are friendly, resourceful, determined and passionate about sport. I regret leaving some unfinished projects and not spending as much time in areas outside of Balclutha. As the role got busier, I didn't have time to do everything. What's your favourite sport to watch or play?We don't have Sky TV so I don't watch sport live. I still enjoy rugby and cricket. Going to a local club rugby game and catching up with old friends and opponents. Going to Forsyth Barr Stadium or test match cricket. As I can't run (injury) I don't play a lot of sport, but I enjoy riding my bike and going to the gym. I also enjoy taking Gus the dog hunting for rabbits or hares.
- Clutha Leader