Category Archives: Wellbeing

2019 Exercise New Zealand Industry Award Winner

Congratulations to Danielle Mather , Group Fitness Co-ordinator at UC Rec & Sport (UC RecCentre), who won the 2019 Group Exercise Instructor of the Year (Own Choreography) Award last weekend.

Marietta Mehanni, Danielle Mather, Maria Teresa Stone 

The New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards have been taking place annually since 2005, recognising excellence in the exercise and fitness industry. Judging was a three-stage process and took just over 3 months. Danielle submitted multiple videos of her teaching and personal reflection questions.  In the final stage, mystery shoppers evaluated the six finalists, who came from Christchurch, Nelson, Auckland and Wellington. Danielle was awarded the top prize in the awards ceremony  in Auckland.

Danielle’s journey started as a casual receptionist for the UC RecCentre in 2012, whilst studying full-time toward her BSc in Biology at the University of Canterbury.  At the encouragement of RecCentre staff, she undertook concurrent study at SIT to complete her Group Fitness Instructors Certificate.   In late 2013, Danielle stepped up to be acting Group Fitness Co-ordinator, whilst continuing her studies and working reception. At the completion of her BSc in 2014, she was successful in becoming the permanent Group Fitness Co-ordinator at the RecCentre.   She now leads a team of 50+ instructors and offers a broad programme of over 70+ classes per week in term time.

As a certified Skills Active Assessor, Danielle now trains budding UC Students to become group fitness instructors.  We have certified 15 new instructors since we started the programme in 2015, with five more currently receiving the helpful steady hand of Danielle as they complete their certification through on the job learning.

The team at UC Rec & Sport are extremely proud of Danielle’s journey and success so far, and we look forward to what’s to come. In the meantime, we’ll be jumping in on her classes at the RecCentre to get our daily dose of wellness!

Bootcamp, Ballet and Boxing – four week courses start 18 November

Keen to get into your best health in summer?  Not sure where to start?  Any exercise is good for your health, but here’s why Small Group Training might be a good fit for you – and you don’t have to be a RecCentre member….read on!

Why SGT? 

  • Accountability – you commit for four weeks with your hard earned cash, you’re more likely to turn up.  The group is small, so they’ll notice if you’re missing !
  • Fun – it’s way more fun to workout in a group, the time will fly by.  And because it’s the same group of people each time, you may even make a few new friends and acquaintances
  • Value – personal training can be expensive, SGT is not!  Get a top notch supervised workout at a fraction of the price.   You don’t need to plan, just turn up and be willing to do the work.

What courses are available?

Boxing A boxing based fitness class to get your heart rate up and condition your muscles to be strong, fit and healthy.

Options:  Mondays, 6.10pm with Gary or Wednesdays 6.10pm with Jay.
Cost:  $30 Members, $48 Non-Members

Boxing

 

Bootcamp – No limits, get pushed to your edge and find your inner warrior!     Two days a week, be motivated by Gary and then you only have to motivate yourself for at least one more workout per week for good health!  Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6.30am.
Cost:  $44 Members / $74 non-members

Bootcamp

Ballet – a ballet based fitness class where you’ll prepare the body for dance and learn real ballet steps.   Great for beginners and for those who’ve danced before!  Taught by our ballet teacher Zoe.
Cost:  $40  Members/ $64 Non-members

Barre

How to register

Simply head to the RecCentre and sign up at the desk.  We only take registrations with payment, so get in quick, because these fill up fast!   All courses are 4 weeks, commencing the week beginning 18 November, 2019.

For more information, visit our website or contact danielle.mather@canterbury.ac.nz 

Summer Memberships on Sale at the UC RecCentre – starts Cup Week!

Ah… the sweet hibernation of winter is long gone, along with excuses that it’s too cold, too wet, or too dark to exercise. Then came Spring, and we dusted off our walking shoes and took a few jaunty laps of Hagley Park to enjoy the cherry blossoms. Summer is just around the corner,  and with most of the students away, it’s a quiet time to get to the RecCentre to add to your wellbeing, all just a stone’s throw from your desk.

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about taking some yoga to relieve stress and pain, or zumba classes to dance away your ills? Maybe you’ve finally got yourself ready to ‘hit the gym’ to reap the benefits of adding muscles to your frame?  Whatever your ‘why’, summer is a great time to look for your ideal exercise at the UC RecCentre.

The Rec&Sport team – who run the RecCentre facility – aim to offer a variety of exercise options because we know that one size does not fit all!   Make no mistake, the best way to stick to an exercise plan that adds to your health is to find something that brings you joy!   Reflect on each activity you try and ask yourself if you beared it, or whether you really enjoyed yourself?  Keep trying and learning new things until you find what fits.

To help you explore the buffet of activities we have at the RecCentre, we’ve got a great Summer special for new members.  On top of a roughly 30% saving on the 3mth price, we’re adding on a free BCS (gives you a great baseline health assessment) valued at $20, and a free SteerMe ( a personalised programme to help you reach your goals and be really efficient with your time at the gym) valued at $35.      Head over to our website to read the full offer, terms and conditions. 

Need an exercise buddy?  Great idea!  Anyone can join the RecCentre, they just pay a little more than UC Staff do! This offer commences on Monday 11 November 2019, and finishes on Sunday 8 December 2019.  If you’re still on the fence, why not try a 14-day trial?   It’s free for UC staff, and $25 for everyone else. If you get onto it now, you’ll still have time to grab this great 3mth deal!

See you soon!

UC EMERGENCY FLIP CHART PROCEDURES – AGGRESSION (PHYSCIAL/VERBAL)

We have all seen the Emergency Procedures Flipcharts around, but how many of us have actually read these?

Each week we will look at a page from the flip chart in order to become more familiar with its contents.

AGRESSION (PHYSICAL/VERBAL)

Do not allow yourself to be drawn in by this kind of behaviour. Stay calm and follow the instructions of the flipchart.

NEW Health & Safety Representatives Elected

After the recent call for nominations for Health & Safety Representatives within the Colleges, the Health & Safety team is pleased to announce the successful nominees.

Health and Safety Representatives (H&S Reps) are staff who are nominated by their colleagues to represent their work group in health and safety matters.

H&S reps are often the go to people in the department if you have had any health and safety related question from “how do I report an event/hazard?” to “I’m taking a group of students on a field trip – what do I need to do?” or “I am suffering from discomfort and pain at my workstation – how do I get an ergonomic assessment?”

H&S reps are a skilled team who are committed to supporting their colleagues to ensure we all get to go home safely at the end of the day.

Name Department/Service Unit

 

Alison Loveridge Languages, Social & Political Science (including NCRE)
Karen Murphy Aotahi: Maori & Indigenous Studies
Mesbahuddin Chowdhury Management
Meredith Henderson Economics & Finance
David Round Law
Pan Zheng (Zheng Pan) Accounting & Information Systems
Bronwyn Beukes Teacher Education – Secondary Science
Toni Lawson Centre of Assessment & Monitoring
Veronica O’Toole Educational Studies & Leadership
David Winter Teacher Education
Sarah Cobb, Gaylene Price Education Plus
Garry Cotton Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Tony Doyle Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Julian Phillips Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Catherine Bell Computer Science & Software
Laurie Anderson Physical & Chemical Sciences
Claudia-Nicole Meisrimler Biological
Greg Russell Physical & Chemical Sciences
Rob Thirkettle Physical & Chemical Sciences
Arthur Dredge Security & CCS
Swee Hoon Goh Library – Macmillan Brown
Kathryn Hearsum ITS – CTS
David Cross Capital Works
Dave Lane Library – EPS
Tim O’Sullivan Library – James Hight
John Paterson Facilities Services – Building & Compliance
Hugh Robinson Facilities Services – Grounds
Sue Thompson Library – Collections
Bruce Vincent Facilities Services – Mechanical Services
Peter Bullock UC Print
Lisa Willis AVC Maori
Cassandra Yeo Early Years Care & Education
Zhania Anindya SSAC – (Liaison Auckland & Wellington Office)
Jacqui Tither Student Success – Academic Skills

After the recent call for nominations for Health & Safety Representatives within the Colleges, the Health & Safety team is pleased to announce the successful nominees.

Health and Safety Representatives (H&S Reps) are staff who are nominated by their colleagues to represent their work group in health and safety matters.

H&S reps are often the go to people in the department if you have had any health and safety related question from “how do I report an event/hazard?” to “I’m taking a group of students on a field trip – what do I need to do?” or “I am suffering from discomfort and pain at my workstation – how do I get an ergonomic assessment?”

H&S reps are a skilled team who are committed to supporting their colleagues to ensure we all get to go home safely at the end of the day.

Name Department/Service Unit

 

Alison Loveridge Languages, Social & Political Science (including NCRE)
Karen Murphy Aotahi: Maori & Indigenous Studies
Mesbahuddin Chowdhury Management
Meredith Henderson Economics & Finance
David Round Law
Pan Zheng Accounting & Information Systems
Bronwyn Beukes Teacher Education – Secondary Science
Toni Lawson Centre of Assessment & Monitoring
Veronica O’Toole Educational Studies & Leadership
David Winter Teacher Education
Sarah Cobb, Gaylene Price Education Plus
Garry Cotton Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Tony Doyle Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Julian Phillips Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Catherine Bell Computer Science & Software
Physical & Chemical Sciences Laurie Anderson
Biological Claudia-Nicole Meisrimler
Physical & Chemical Sciences Greg Russell
Physical & Chemical Sciences Rob Thirkettle
Security & CCS Arthur Dredge
Library – Macmillan Brown Swee Hoon Goh
ITS – CTS Kathryn Hearsum
Capital Works David Cross
Library – EPS Dave Lane
Library – James Hight Tim O’Sullivan
Facilities Services – Building & Compliance John Paterson
Facilities Services – Grounds Hugh Robinson
Library – Collections Sue Thompson
Facilities Services – Mechanical Services Bruce Vincent
AVC Maori Lisa Willis
Early Years Care & Education Cassandra Yeo
SSAC – (Liaison Auckland & Wellington Office) Zhania Anindya
Student Success – Academic Skills Jacqui Tither