World Cup bonus for Lincoln student

by Kent Caddick

As well as developing her leadership skills and learning how to organise volunteer programmes, Lincoln University student Kristy Havill has been soaking up the atmosphere in at the recent World Cup football tournament in Russia.

Last year the third-year sport and recreation management student, who is also a New Zealand representative clay target shooter, was selected to be New Zealand’s sole representative at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Volunteer Leader’s Academy in Kazan, which was held last month.

The academy provides professional training for young leaders in the volunteer movement, targeting students around the world who promote sport and event volunteering in their university and region.

Following her attendance at the academy, where she was named as one of 12 students who outperformed their peers, Havill was selected to join FISU staff at the Universiades next year.

The Universiade is an international multi-sport event, organised by FISU, including the Winter Universiade in Russia in March next year and the 2019 Summer Universiade in Naples, Italy in July.

Havill said in her blog on the University and Tertiary Sport New Zealand website that the academy education programme had been extensive and challenging, with a range of speakers from FISU, Education First and the Serbian Olympic Committee.

“It has been an intriguing experience to learn about how national university sport federations operate in other countries,” she said.

“There have been some very heated discussions as a by-product of the learnings and opinions that were shared during the presentations.”

She said she hoped to bring some initiatives home that could nullify some of the issues that are present in other countries.

Her trip also included a trip to Kazan Arena to watch Australia play France in the first Group C fixture of the FIFA World Cup.

Havill is also a team leader and coach for the Forward Foundation, which aims to increase participation in girls’ sport, and president of the Lincoln University Recreation Society.

Havill was recently part of the New Zealand women’s team, which took out the silver medal at the world clay target shooting championships in Australia.