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UC Pedals into Third Place in Aotearoa Bike Challenge

Time to celebrate!

Congratulations to all our UC staff who participated in the 2020 Aotearoa Bike Challenge – you helped us pedal UC into 3rd place in Ōtautahi Christchurch and 5th in all of Aotearoa!

Our 2020 cycling success

  • We had 235 out of 3,421 staff sign up to the challenge – that’s 6.9% participation
  • Together we cycled 49,781 kms during the month of Feb with 28,022 kms being commuter trips
  • And, not only did we clock up some serious kilometres, but our combined efforts saved 6,325 kg of CO2!

So what is the Aotearoa Bike Challenge?

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a fun, free competition that encourage workplaces across Aotearoa to experience first-hand the joys and benefits of riding a bike. The challenge is designed so you compete against other workplace teams of comparable sizes, with your team earning points for your rides, kilometres and for every person you encourage to sign up and ride a bike during the month of February.

Huge thanks and happy riding to everyone who participated. We’d love to see you logging your rides again next year – and look out Christchurch City Council and the CDHB!

For more information and to sign up for the 2021 Aotearoa Bike Challenge, see here.

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Aotearoa Bike Challenge: Team photo this Friday

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge has come to an end, but the celebrations are just beginning!

Over the month of February, UC staff cycled 49,781 kms and saved 6325 kgs of CO2. That’s some serious pedal power, and we’re proud to announce we placed 3rd in our size category in Christchurch and 5th overall in Aotearoa. Woohoo!

To celebrate UC’s fantastic effort in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge this year, we are inviting all participants to join us for a team photo this Friday during lunchtime.

Please meet at 12.30pm this Friday 13th March in the Matariki Quad for a photo, high fives and cycling puns. Bring your bike if you can. We wheely look forward to seeing you there!

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UC Teaching Awards and Teaching Medal

Do you know an excellent teacher or teaching team who deserve wider recognition?
Then take a moment to nominate them for a UC Teaching Award or the UC Teaching Medal.

Nominations for the 2020 Teaching Awards and UC Teaching Medal are open from now until 18 May, so kick start your year now.

Don’t forget that there is also an award available for implementing a single special teaching innovation, and that all teaching awards also bring with them a financial reward. The process is simple: complete a one-step form.

All awards recognise excellence in teaching (including thesis supervision) in both undergraduate and graduate programmes. The teaching medal is UC’s highest award for teaching and leadership.
Further information and nomination forms are available on the Teaching Awards or the Teaching Medal websites.

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora: Celebrating Excellence

UC’s inaugural Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora: Celebrating Excellence event was held on Wednesday 27 November, acknowledging the University’s accomplished Emeritus Professors and celebrating the winners of the UC’s 2019 Council Medals.

Congratulations to:

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!