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Win a Fitbit Charge 2!

Do you want to win a Fitbit Charge 2? Read on and find out how!

What active recreation do you want to see on campus? 

Before arriving at Uni, you may have thought that you’d have load of time to hit the gym, get swole or generally be healthier right? The reality of it is often quite different, and there are a huge number of reasons you may have found it difficult to get or keep active once you started university. The team at UC Rec&Sport want to help you with that balance, and we understand that going to the gym is not everyone’s ‘thing’. So, we want to understand what other recreation activity would help you be active for your wellbeing. 

Take a 3 min survey and tell us what you think

Yup, just 3mins. It’s all about you, how you feel about exercise, and what active recreation UC can put in place to help you find balance.  What’s more, upon completion, we’ll put you in the draw for a Fitbit Charge 2! We’ll also have some runner up prize draws for 3x $50 Rec&Sport vouchers, which you can spend on merchandise and services at the UC RecCentre.  

Simply follow the link to our online survey, fill it out and you’re all done.  The survey closes on Sunday 13 September, so don’t delay!  This survey is ONLY for UC Students. 

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact kat.henderson@canterbury.ac.nz 

UC Rec&Sport 

Box, Dance or Bootcamp for fun and fitness

If you’re looking for something a bit different to get your fitness back on track then check out our small group training options for Term 3! 

girl in boxing course

Rewarding & Fun

Training (or playing!) with the same group of people each week brings its own perks, beyond the usual health & fitness benefits of a solo gym session. You’ll get to know your instructor, they’ll get to know you, which means they’ll be in a better place to help you really find your best. Even if you join with a friend, you’ll meet some new people who have at least one similar interest! And finally, we all know that once you’ve paid for something, that’s an added incentive to turn up each week to get your money’s worth – accountability right there.  Most of all, our small group sessions are really fun and interactive.

What’s on offer?

Term 3 brings back some of our favourites – Ballet, Boxing, Bootcamp and HipHop.  New this term is Kettlebell, a great tool for those using the gym and wanting a change in workout to mix it up.    Consider these courses extremely cheap personal training! Rather than $80 a session, they all come in under $7.50 per session, with only about 10 others to share the trainer’s attention.   

Sign me up

Registrations are open now, and you can sign up at our reception.  Payment is required at the time of rego. If you’re out of town, you can contact danielle.mather@canterbury.ac.nz and she’ll get in touch by phone to get you registered, so do include your cellphone number, along with the course you’re interested in.  These courses do fill fast, so get to it!

Stay well!
UC Rec & Sport Team


Run Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon with Run Canterbury

Is completing a half or full marathon on your bucket list? What about a scenic 5 or 10km?  Do you need a little support to get you there? Run Canterbury is kicking off again in Semester 2, targeting the gorgeous views of Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon in October – listed by Runner’s World as one of the most beautiful road marathons in the world!

Male runners in Dunedin half marathon
Dunedin Half Marathon
Experience and Knowledge

Run Canterbury has been operated by UC Rec&Sport for well over 25 years.  We have experienced runners leading our pack runs, which are sorted into beginner, intermediate and advanced paced groups.  If you under or overestimate your pace, you can switch between the groups to suit.  Our training programmes have been designed by experienced runners, strength & conditioning coaches and sport scientists.  You are in safe hands!


Sure, you can run by yourself.  Sure, you can download a training programme.  The difference with joining a running group is having the intention to run and actually running!  Pack runs leave the RecCentre twice a week, and there’s an online community to find running buddies for your other runs during the week – plus, we’ll be able to provide individual advice should you hit barriers (like injuries for example). Having a group to connect with each week keeps you accountable, on track, and more motivated to complete your other runs (or you’ll start to struggle to keep up!)


Check out everything that’s included on our website, and you’ll find 12 weeks of support for just $95 – an absolute bargain.  If you have friends or family who aren’t UC staff or students but would like to join in, they can for just $155.  Pack runs commence  Tuesday 14 July, and online registrations are available.

If you have any questions, please contact gary.gin@canterbury.ac.nz 

Run and be well!
UC Rec & Sport