New sports coordinator finds opportunity at Nayland  

Dayna enjoys her job in the busy sports office.

New Sports Coordinator Dayna Whiting has been an avid sports person all her life. Her hobbies include playing sports such as netball and volleyball, as well as coaching out in the community.

After completing her degree, Dayna first worked for Nelson Netball.   Then, when the opportunity arose to work at Nayland College in April this year, she jumped at it. “I always knew I wanted to be involved in a coed school,” she explained. “It’s a challenge being here and I enjoy challenges.”


Dayna’s job as Sports Coordinator is to oversee the sports section of Nayland College. She ensures sports not only happens, but that everybody gets the opportunity to take part, regardless of their skill level. “It’s been very full on, a lot of students come here,” Dayna said, “I get to really know the students and sports has always been my passion.”


Born and raised in Richmond, Dayna went to school at Richmond Primary and continued going to local schools until she graduated from high school. She then went to university in Dunedin. She did a double major in PE and minored in Professional Studies. Dayna spent four years working on that before returning to Nelson.


Getting her university degree is one of her biggest achievements, along with getting the job as Sports Coordinator.   However, that might change now that she has been called on to fill in for the Fijian Super Club team in their last game on Friday 7th July.  Super Club  is a global  netball club competition featuring eight teams from across Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania.

By student reporter Cailin Templeton