Keen athlete in wider community role

RACHEL ASKEW
Last updated 14:44 26/02/2014
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Fairfax NZ

Mitch McRae takes part in the Ken Milne Classic triathlon last year.

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The New Zealand representative triathlete and former Otago basketballer Mitch McRae is Sport Clutha's new regional co-ordinator, replacing Tiny Carruthers who moved to Dunedin earlier this year.

Mr McRae has been in the role for nearly a fortnight which, he said included a couple of pretty full-on training days at Sport Otago.

The district's sports activator for the past two years, he said he saw this role as more of a challenge and career step in the right direction.

He enjoyed his activator role working with South and West Otago schools but said the students would benefit from having a person with fresh ideas.

"It's a good opportunity to step into that role, I've done it, Penny (Batchelor) used to do it . . . there's been a lot of interest in it."

While he would miss getting outside with the schools, he was looking forward to interacting with the wider community.

"I find it's just being a point of contact to meet the needs of the community, providing opportunities and getting active."

Getting active has always been a big part of Mr McRae's life.

The University of Otago physical education graduate is currently training for the World Cup triathlon race in Auckland in April.

Last month he was in the team that won the men's half ironman at Challenge Wanaka, breaking the record for the event and last year he went to London for the world triathlon grand final.

He was a keen rugby player while as Waitaki Boys' High School and pursued his love of basketball through to playing three seasons for the Otago Nuggets.

He previously worked as a basketball development officer in North Otago before making the move south.

"I have a passion for just being fit and healthy . . . it's what I'm interested in."

His new job should fit in well with his love of sport. Mr McRae previously told the Clutha Leader when he is not competing, "I read about sport, watch sport, talk about sport and anything else to do with sport".

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