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The Star: March 16, 2017

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28 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday March 16 2017 Our People The Star Jill Borland Promoting a healthy lifestyle Jill Borland is striving to help people to make healthy choices, and this weekend’s The Star City2Surf with Mike Pero is the perfect opportunity. Bridget Rutherford spoke to her about why you should take part in the event on Sunday Can you tell me a bit about your role at Sport Canterbury? So I was the general manager until late last year and then Sport Canterbury had the opportunity to take up the Healthy Families contract. I saw it as a fantastic opportunity to exercise my passion around social change so I took up the leadership role of Healthy Families Christchurch initiative. We work with wider stakeholder groups across the sector to develop a strategy to make sure we’ve got really well skilled people and enough of them for a growing sector. In greater Christchurch we’ve got all these fantastic facilities being built. The council has indicated we’re going to have to grow the number of people with the right skills for those facilities. What is the purpose of Healthy Families? Healthy Families is a social change initiative. It’s about connecting leadership to make it easier to access healthy choices in everyday lives. So Healthy Families is about having conversations at a community level so the community becomes aware of the policies and the opportunities that come up. We are making healthy choices more acceptable for some people. For example, GET INVOLVED: Sport Canterbury Healthy Families manager Jill Borland is encouraging people to take part in The Star City2Surf with Mike Pero Real Estate for their well-being. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN we have been working with churches, and one church identified access to fresh produce was a problem in their communities so we’ve been helping with that. We want to know who’s doing what and how we can help – whether that might be a work place which is wanting to help their staff become Smokefree or working with a school around the health of its staff or providing school gardens or a water-only policy implementation. And how did you get involved in that? So I started my work as professional sports coach and somebody said to me one day you’ll have to get a real job and I thought do I? I decided to become physical education teacher. Then I had a career shift working with College of Education promotions and front-line services. Part of that was promoting qualifications of sport coaching and physical education, so there was a theme evolving around education and development. Then I was made redundant when the university merged with the College of Education and from there I took the opportunity to run my own business in marketing and business consultancy. After the earthquakes I came back to Christchurch and worked for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority in sport and recreation recovery. I think it presented a platform to do the work I’m currently doing. Volunteer Drivers Needed For Red Cross Meals On Wheels & Community Transport • Weekdays only • Regular or Relief rostering • Current NZ drivers licence • Training given Meals on Wheels - Pat 339 3759 Community Transport - Vicki 027 839 7724

The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday March 16 2017 29 aim of sport administrator What does your involvement with The Star City2Surf with Mike Pero Real Estate involve? Sport Canterbury has been a sponsor of the 6km run/walk for the last two years. And so as part of our activation we had a conversation with Star Media about how we could activate sponsorship. Last year we did that around the Green Prescription programme, which was providing support to adults who wanted to engage. This year because we had the Healthy Families New Zealand contract we saw that as a way to have a different conversation and Star Media were incredibly supportive and looked at how it could make healthier choices more acceptable. It was really open to looking at getting fresh fruit at the finish line and we’ve been looking at every opportunity we could find through that to promote healthy lifestyles. New Zealand’s rates of preventable chronic diseases is unsustainable. Here’s a chance to do things differently. Will you be taking part? I will at minimum walk. I’ll be there for sure. Has sport always been a big part of your life? Absolutely. I came from a sporting Southland family and I don’t think it was ever an option I wouldn’t do sport. My father was in athletics, rowing and rugby, and my mother was a talented dancer and came from horse racing family and did marching. I started my physical activity journey in dancing before I could walk, and then that morphed into figure skating. I’ve played netball and softball. My uncles and cousins all played rugby for Southland Stags. HELPFUL: When Jill Borland isn’t working, she spends time competing with her Kia Kaha figure skating team. Can you tell me about the figure skating? I skated competitively and I was selected to represent New Zealand and compete overseas, but I didn’t because back then it was expensive. I did compete at one Australian competition, but then I fell into coaching. I coached for many years, and then got back into skating after the earthquakes. I’ve been doing masters figure skating and I’m in a team called Kia Kaha, which was born out of the quakes. We competed at the Australian National Champs last year and we came fifth out of 12. But we’re hoping for bigger and better things this year. Age is no barrier! Where have you coached? In New Zealand and India. I’m excited because my husband, Darryn Ward, and I went to northern India to coach about 10 years ago. He coaches ice hockey and the young girls I worked with had last year started India’s first ice hockey team. They are in Bangkok competing against the New Zealand under18 team. They just had their first international win and I feel really excited because on the India team there are five ex-students of mine, and on the New Zealand team there are five of my exstudents. Wow, that’s impressive. How did you end up going over there to coach? My husband was on an ice hockey development camp in northern Europe and he met this gentleman from India who asked if he wanted to go over and coach. He’s not very good at saying no and the guy later emailed him and said when are you coming? He deferred it, but then when he eventually did go, he said my new girlfriend is a figure skating coach, so we both went over. It was a life changing experience. We were there for about two months. Have you had any injuries while skating? Yes. Sometimes I go to the physio and they say have you ever fallen before? And you say yes, thousands of times (laughs). But I’ve just had wear and tear injuries like to my knees and my hips. I’ve had a couple of concussions. And back to the City2Surf, what would you say to people who are thinking about taking part? Give it a go, anybody can. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday, even if you just walk with friends. •City2Surf details, p44, 45 Mitsubishi Electric GE25 3.0kW includes FREE installation* $2,149* Mitsubishi Electric GE42 5.0kW includes FREE installation* $2,499* Mitsubishi Electric EF50 5.8kW includes FREE installation* $3,099* Choose from Black, White or Silver Mitsubishi Electric KJ50 5.8kW includes FREE installation* $3,499* Mitsubishi Electric FH50 Hypercore 6kW includes FREE installation* $3,299* Add WiFi control for just $249* *with every heatpump purchase FINANCE AVAILABLE Proud installers of Call 0800 324 678 for a free quote *includes cost of back to back install only, conditions apply