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New leader for Bay of Plenty

Welcome Jo Reha!

We welcome Jo Reha, who is working three days a week as Regional Leader for the Bay of Plenty.

Jo Reha’s experience

Currently, Jo lives in Te Puke with her husband Clint and their three sons. Both Jo and Clint have trained as Sports Chaplains, and are keen to help others in their region do the same.

Jo has previously worked in media, Christian camping, and in health promotions for a Primary Health Organisation. She and Clint also enjoy fostering children.

Jo Reha’s passion

‘I have always loved mentoring, leadership development and pastoral care,’ Jo explains. ‘I see Sports Chaplaincy as a great opportunity to develop this interest.’ 

‘My heart is for health, particularly holistic health. I am passionate about not just acknowledging the physical, but also the impact that mental and emotional wellbeing has on a person’s health journey. My passion is for mentoring, especially with youth and young adults. My strengths are in strategy and promotion, and also in inspiring others to make healthy choices that affects their wellbeing.’

Unlike many others in Sports Chaplaincy, Jo doesn’t consider herself a competitive person.

‘While I love watching sports, I don’t really know how to talk sports. I guess the positive of this is that I don’t get distracted with titles and status. So I see sportspeople just as I would any person I have journeyed with. Just like any of us they have similar areas in which they need to learn and grow, it just has a sporting influence and dynamic.’

Jo Reha’s plans

Jo plans to be busy building relationships with sporting organisations, local community, pastors and potential chaplains throughout the region including in Tauranga, Rotorua and Whakatāne.

‘To start with, I want to gather information about who is out there and how we can help. I look forward to finding and providing strategies and resources to help all forms of local sport, and help locals find ways to use their passion for the sporting community in a new and practical way. I am excited about the opportunity to meet new people!’

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Author Info

Rebecca Hawkins

Rebecca is the Communications and IT Manager for Sports Chaplaincy NZ. In her younger days she played cricket and football with great enthusiasm but very little skill. Now she spends a lot of time supporting her four sons in their sport. She especially loves scoring their cricket matches, which she insists on doing the old fashioned way, with pen and paper.

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