Luke Frame knew he had big shoes to fill when he stepped into the role of Tasman secondary schools regional sports director, but welcomes the challenge.
The 24-year-old replaced long-serving former director Jeni Thornborough in January after moving south from New Plymouth. His predecessor has been prominent in the region since beginning with Sport Tasman four-and-a-half years ago.
Luke views the chance to follow on from Jeni as “a great working opportunity”.
“To be in this role at a fairly young age is an exciting prospect,” he says. “I hope to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to make life easier and more enjoyable for the people working in secondary school sport.” Luke’s job description involves working in tandem with the region’s 16 colleges, providing leadership, co-ordination and delivery of secondary school sport in the top of the south.
He is tasked with lifting the participation of secondary school students in organised sport, promoting and facilitating sporting events and competitions, plus advocating to bring South Island and national secondary school events to the Tasman region.
He will also provide quality training and advice to school sports co-ordinators and offer professional development sessions.
In 2018 Luke was the Graduate at Sport Taranaki, a role that introduced him to the working world of sport and active recreation.
“I had many great opportunities, from co-ordinating the Breakers’ game to working at the Taranaki Rugby Football Union for a few months.” He is new to the Nelson region, having grown up in Gisborne and Tauranga, while his partner is currently living in New Plymouth but plans to move to Nelson when a job becomes available.
Luke says that “anything and everything rugby” was his main sporting passion when growing up. “Currently I’m more focused on running and a few casual sports such as touch and tennis, and I completed my first half marathon in Queenstown last year.”
As well as the challenge of continuing the fine work Jeni undertook in the role, Luke says he is excited by the multitude of possibilities surrounding sport and recreation in the region. “We have to continue to make the most of what we have here in Nelson, there are so many great facilities and areas that can increase the draw to being active.
“Ultimately it’s all about people and relationships – one of the best aspects of the sport industry,” he says.