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on with Bridget
By ABBIE NAPIER
STUCK IN: Bridget Williams is the new face of the Student Volunteer Army.
LAW STUDENT Bridget Wil-
liams has big shoes to fill.
Next year she will step into
those once occupied by com-
munity crusader Sam Johnson,
as she takes over the leadership
of the Student Volunteer Army.
The army has not stopped
working away behind the scenes
since the quake, and its mem-
bers are still involved in numer-
ous volunteer activities and
Twenty-year-old Bridget is in
her second year at Canterbury
University, but she is a busy
person and has achieved a lot in
her short time there.
Having shovelled silt with the
rest of the army after the earth-
quake, she was inspired to take
on a more challenging role in the
This year she has been work-
ing hard as the Emerging
Leader Development Pro-
gramme service co-ordinator.
The ELDP mentors high achiev-
ing students and encourages
giving back to the community.
The programme saw Bridget
and service co-ordinator Luke
Gillespie taking on 10 com-
munity projects -- repainting
playgrounds, gardening, and
cleaning up public spaces.
The service we organised this
year really inspired me to do
more,'' she said.
Students donated more than
500 volunteer hours under Brid-
get's watchful eye. Luke has also
been elected to the Student Vol-
unteer Army executive com-
This role is about being the
face of the SVA,'' she said. It's
about inspiring people and
motivating them, even when
you've got a lot going on your-
Next year she hopes the SVA
will take the next step.
There's always going to be a
need for community service,''
Bridget said. Everyone appreci-
ates a hand. I want to make sure
Since Sam Johnson, there
have been two leaders of the
As the new head of the army,
Bridget is hoping to help start
similar volunteer programmes
in other universities.
We need to spread the ideals
of the volunteer army, not just
to universities here, but world-
It's very early days at the
moment, but I'm just all for it. I
want to roll up my sleeves and
get in there.''
Special sport idea
By ANNA PRICE
GREAT CHANCE: Cycling advocate Darron Charity
at the Avon River east of Porritt Park.
A MULTI-USE time trial
track around Porritt Park
figures in an ambitious vis-
ion for sport in the city's
Sport Canterbury is dev-
eloping a concept plan for
the eastern sector, which
lost the bulk of its sports
infrastructure in the earth-
Chief executive Geoff
Barry said the idea was to
push the eastern suburbs to
the forefront when the
decisions were made about
the future sporting land-
We are working together
trying to create something special for
the eastside,'' he said.
An active transport'' corridor
riverside linking the city and New
Brighton is also envisaged.
The plan mixes recreation and
sport in an arena where people can
throw a frisbee or have a barbie''
and learn to ride a bike, to off-road
biking and high-end sport.
Mr Barry is keen to see networks
set up for all types of use.
This includes rowing and other
So much is bound up in CERA
who owns the land, and water man-
agement (of the flood-prone area).
Our role is to be as well prepared
as we can when decisions are made,''
Mr Barry said.
Discussions with the authorities
could begin early next year.
The concept plan would ultimately
be subject to a feasibility process.
We're moving carefully,'' he said.
The future of sport and recreation
in greater Christchurch was dis-
cussed at a meeting at Lincoln Uni-
versity last week organised by the
university in collaboration with the
New Zealand Recreation Association.
Mr Barry said if the red-zoned
Avonside Drive roading network was
no longer a traffic route, road run-
ning and cycling were credible
Opportunities would be driven by
a future water retention and contain-
Once a solution is decided for the
water issue, then combined sporting
elements and other users of that
space need to have their options
ready. We need to pick up our design
solution and put it in the right
Canterbury Cycling Development
Trust chairman Darron Charity said
the cycling sector was thoroughly
supportive'' of being part of sport
development in the eastern suburbs.
It's a great opportunity to create a
destination that will enable the com-
munity to be drawn back into this
Pump and jump tracks which
could be tied into an Avon corridor or
river park extension were already
There's a real synergy in using a
river park not only for recreation but
to commute and link the eastern sub-
urbs with the city in an active trans-
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