Maia Smith

'I find that my Sport Coaching degree is so helpful when it comes to working with young children...'

  • Maia Smith

Studying towards a Bachelor of Sport Coaching with an endorsement in Leadership

Coming from a sporting family, Maia is very aware of the benefits she has had from participating in sport, and she is keen to get into a career where she can offer similar experiences to others.

'I would like to become a primary school teacher, and progress into management within a school environment,' she says. 'I've always loved sport and have been involved in coaching from a young age. I always loved being able to pass my knowledge on and empower others through sport.'

Maia already coaches school children in sport and in the summer works as a surf lifeguard and a beach education instructor, teaching primary age children about water safety. She also coaches water polo throughout the year.

'I find that what I am learning through my Sport Coaching degree at UC is so helpful when it comes to working with young children. The hands-on practicums have also allowed me to make connections with schools and youth organisations.'

Maia says one of the best features of the UC Sport Coaching degree is its flexible structure, which has meant she can study a range of subjects, rounding her education.

'I have been able to pick up some papers of interest from the School of Business and incorporate them into my study,’ she says. ‘That also means I have a nice balance, with different class sizes and being on the two UC campuses. Sport Coaching is a relatively small degree so our class is very close and we have made lifelong friends.'

Maia is from Christchurch and wanted to study at UC as she is a big fan of the city.

'There is always so much going on and everything I love is so close,' she explains, adding that there is plenty happening at UC as well.

'I really enjoy all the events. O Week and all the other events throughout the year are always a must. They are a great opportunity to meet new people and have a good time. I also love the campus — there is so much open space here.'

Maia's positive attitude is evident when she is asked to give advice to anyone who is thinking about studying Sport Coaching.

'If you want something to happen you need to chase it, so be proactive,' she urges. 'This degree offers you so many opportunities to get involved with your dream sporting organisation, so don't be afraid to stand up and take them.'

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