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Hard work and a passion for sport pays off for Jamie

Jamie Ogilvy, a  Wintec grad, followed her dream to work in sport

Wintec sport graduate Jamie Ogilvy says the values people learn through the discipline of sport will carry on into the rest of their lives.

Unfulfilled in her customer services role, Jamie Ogilvy made the brave decision to quit her job and study her passion – sport.

The move has paid off for the 35-year-old who is now working as Hamilton City Netball Centre’s development coordinator.

In this role Jamie organises development pathways for Hamilton’s representative netball teams, umpires, officials and coaches. 

“I love being able to assist the growth of these young athletes and help promote a positive setting for their sport and their future goals,” says Jamie.

“The values people learn through the discipline of sport will carry on into the rest of their lives.”

Jamie graduated in 2015 from Wintec with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science which was a huge achievement.

“I worked, trained and looked after my two children as a single mum. The hardest thing was trying to balance family life, work life, training and a ‘social life". It was difficult but at the same time my children also learnt to appreciate hard work and dedication.”Jamie says she chose to study at Wintec as the course was geared towards the type of work she was interested in and she wanted to learn the science behind sport and exercise. 

“Studying at Wintec changed my life! I learnt that with hard work and discipline anyone can attain an education. I left high school early as I was a young mother so I really appreciated the extra support offered by the Māori Achievement team, Te Kete Konae and the tutors at Wintec.

“I met lifelong friends at Wintec that I still see on a regular basis and who continue to inspire me every day.”

In her role at Hamilton Netball Centre, Jamie wants to grow the centre’s representative programme and would love to set up a strength and conditioning programme for its representative players to help decrease injuries.

“I just love sports, fitness and health in general. I love the positive affect sport has on people of all ages, from young children and elite athletes through to retired volunteers that help every weekend,” says Jamie.

“Sport has proven to increase all aspects of wellbeing – physical, social and mental. Sport builds relationships, communities, increases life satisfaction, self-image, discipline, academic performance and has been shown to decrease depression and anxiety. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that?”

Find out more about Wintec’s Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science here.

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