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Got gymxiety? Our top five tips to move through

What to do when the hardest part of doing a workout is walking through the front door? Rest assured you’re not alone. No matter what the voice in your head is saying, know that you do belong there living your best healthy life. So, how to overcome it? Here are our top tips, just choose the strategy that resonates with you! 

Try classes 

If you’re not sure what to do, classes can help you solve that problem! With a qualified and helpful instructor leading the way, just do as they say, to the best of your ability, and you’re winning!    The UCRecCentre has a range of classes to suit all levels of fitness and co-ordination, musical and non-musical alike. We also have many of them offered as livestream via our app, so you can check them out online at home first. Book your spot via the app. 

Bring a friend 

Having an exercise buddy can sometimes make things a little easier, until you feel the confidence on your own. You can figure out how to do stuff with two brains, not just one. Plus, it can be more fun and motivating to do a partner workout and you can be accountable to each other to show up. You can try workouts from the Rec&Sport app – they come with little videos to show you how.  

Avoid peak times 

The RecCentre is less busy than usual (thanks Covid), but we still have peaks and troughs, similar to most commercial and council gyms. We start to get busier from 3pm until 8pm weekdays, and Saturday morning 9am – 12pm. You can see how busy the classes are via the app, when you make your booking. 

Have a plan 

Wandering aimlessly around the gym is, in our humble opinion,  a recipe for anxious times. You could find a programme in our app before you come, and plan how long it will take. Or, if you want to take the guesswork out, you could book in for an exercise programme with an exercise consultant. These do cost, but we keep that cost low low low for UC students. 

Get some free advice 

If all of these options seem a little too much still, why not book in for a free orientation session with one of our staff? Just 15mins, and we’ll take you for a walk around the building, answer any questions you have, and show you how to use the app for booking classes or finding programmes to follow. You can book via the app yourself, or you can call us and we can book you in to get you started. 

Be well!
UC Rec&Sport | Te Ratonga Hākinakina 

UC Wāhine Basketball and Netball have made the finals – we need your support!

Three UC Wāhine Basketball and Netball teams have made their respective finals this season, and they would love to have your sideline support for that extra edge on game day!   

UC Netball 

For the first time in history, the Premier 1 A Team are in the final up against Lincoln A.    This is the top club level grade in Christchurch,  so this is an outstanding achievement in itself.       You can help them take an historic win, by turning up and bringing your A level support game!       

When:  Tuesday 30th August 2022 , 7.35pm (doors open 7.30pm) 
Where:  Pioneer Stadium, 75 Lyttleton St  

Our Senior Reserve 2 team have also made their final vs Kereru E.  Another top notch effort, you can lend them your lungs in support on the sideline.  Dress warm, this one’s outdoors. 
When:  Saturday 27 August 2022, 11.25am 
Where:  Hagley Park Netball Courts, Court 12 

UC Basketball 

Our Women’s Maroon team have trained hard, and they too have made the final of the Division 1 league.  This is the top club level league for Christchurch, so another brilliant season performance.     Hit the sidelines and bring your best support chants and help them win at the final buzzer. 

When:  Saturday 27 August 2022, 12.30pm 
Where:  Cowles Stadium, Pages Rd 

We are beyond proud of the hard māhi all of our sporting wāhine have put in this season.  Both in training, and in the gym as part of the Hōtaka Whakapakari | Sport Academy, the hard work has truly paid off.   

See you courtside! 
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport 



Tohu Kahurangi | University of Canterbury Blues Awards 2022

Nominations for the 2022 Tohu Kahurangi | University of Canterbury Blues Awards close on the 12th of September.

Receiving an award at our Tohu Kahurangi | Blues ceremony is the highest honour we can present students who have excelled in the Sport, Community Engagement and the Arts categories.

Check out the criteria on our website to see if you are eligible for an Individual Blues award. Winners will then be eligible for the following major awards:

  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Outstanding contribution to University Sport
  • Outstanding achievement in the Arts
  • Outstanding contribution to University Arts
  • Outstanding achievement in Community Engagement
  • Waewae Kai Pakiaka: Outstanding contribution to the Māori community
  • Outstanding contribution to Equity and Diversity
  • Outstanding contribution to Sustainability

We have also introduced a limited number of University of Canterbury recognition awards. These awards recognise students those who have performed exceptionally, however are not eligible for a University Blue as an individual. For example coaches, managers, directors, producers, administrators, executives etc.

Nomination Criteria:

  • Nominations must be made via the prescribed form via the UCSA website, with all sections completed
  • Anyone may nominate a person for a Blue. Individuals are able to nominate themselves.
  • Nominations must be made before or on the close of the nominations date.
  • Nominations made after such date will not be considered by the Blues committee.
  • Nominees must have reached the required level of achievement during the nomination period

Nominations for the Blues Awards close 10am, Friday 12th September

The Blues Awards will be held at the Haere-roa on Saturday the 15th of October