Finding Resilience in 2021

Nelson Mandela said ‘Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again’. I don’t think we’ve ever realised the power of these words quite as much as in recent months when 2021 brought back to many of us the lockdowns we thought we had left behind in 2020. I find inspiration from my children – as they learn to navigate the world (and openly express their emotions in the way small people do best!), their ability to learn and adapt is a wonder to see. I also saw this in the Y team which I am so proud to represent.

2020 was a year for learning, and 2021 has been the time where we put our new skills back into practice, and to keep our Y whānau connected and supported during some further bumps in the road. In this edition, we talk about what our parents shared with us about their lockdown experiences, and how important it is for everyone to keep active, so you can keep healthy physically and mentally, and find resilience when you need it the most.

- Julian, CEO.

What's on at the Y

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Two decades with the Y

Living a healthy and active lifestyle - long time member Tevita Holani has seen his fair share of gyms around Auckland but says YMCA Lagoon Pool and Leisure Centre is his favourite. Here's why.

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A YMCA Hero story

A bequest donated to YMCA North Shore and Recreation Centre by an ex-member who passed away early last year were used to re-do our stadium floors to give as many children and young people a wonderful experience.

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Tips to support kid's anxiety

Families report increased anxiety from lockdown. Kristina Ineson, Regional Manager for out of school care and recreation (OSCAR) for YMCA North, shares her top tips for supporting kid’s anxiety during tough times.

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Core value: Respect

Diversity is truly our strength - and you would vouch for this when you come into our centres. One such is Greg's 'Fit N 30' group exercise class at YMCA Lagoon Pool & Leisure Centre, a favourite among the locals.

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YMCA Games 2021

To make up for what we missed in 2020, Y Games 2021 is back with double the ZEAL! Gather your squad and come test your fitness to a whole new level. Music, spot prizes, team prizes, and food! Register now!

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Celebrating staff achievements

2020 was tough for Paul with lockdowns but also because his doctor gave him the bad news that he was borderline Diabetic Type 2 if he didn’t change his lifestyle. And change he did! Paul lost 20 Kgs in three-months!

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Young people shaping our future

The YMCA is the world's oldest youth organisation - and today more than ever, the voice of young people is valued and respected. Our new Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) invites young people to share their voice.

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Our instructor turns 80!

We feel so lucky to represent the communities that we serve. Last month we had the privilege to celebrate our GoldFit instructor Nina's birthday. Wow! What an amazing milestone. Happy birthday Nina!

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Saving lives at Hunua Falls

We worked with Water Safety New Zealand, Drowning Prevention Auckland, and Auckland Council to deliver a water safety project at the Hunua Falls over the 2020-2021 summer period.

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Youth Fest 2021

Come and have a blast at this FREE family-friendly event and meet a range of youth organisations to help shape a better future. Heaps of yummy food stalls, youth performers, and entertainment for all ages. It's gonna be lit!

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