Regional director calls time

18:35, Dec 14 2012

Outgoing Aoraki Secondary School Sports regional director Bob Pringle believes his successor must receive more support if the role is going to continue to be successful.

The 63-year-old had his last day in the job yesterday.

He said whoever succeeded him needed to have a part-time office assistant to take some of the administrative load in what can be an "isolating" job at times.

Pringle said he had raised $5000, which he believed would be half the money required to get someone on a part-time basis.

"I'm passionate about sport, I'm a self-confessed sportaholic, and when I first took the job, I thought I was perfect for it.

"It would be good to get some extra support and assistance for some of the office duties, which would have helped me get out-and-about more."


After five years in the position, Pringle is now looking forward to semi-retirement working the land at his Orari home.

It's certain to be a more relaxed way of life for the man who has been at the coalface of one of the busiest and largest secondary school sports regions in the country.

With the role encompassing Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury and North Otago, the former secondary school teacher said he would leave satisfied with the impact he had made.

"The best thing about this job has been being able to see our young sportspeople perform and achieve on the local, regional, national and, for some, the international stage."

After 30 years as a teacher in Wairarapa, he found his way to South Canterbury and into a role he thought suited him, but soon found the workload challenging.

"‘When I first arrived [in the job] I was overwhelmed. But you learn to adapt."

During his time as regional director, the Aoraki region has had one of the highest participation rates for secondary school pupils in sport.

It is not known when a replacement will be named.

The Timaru Herald