After much anticipation the EIT Institute of Sport and Health (EIT ISH) celebrated its opening day on Sunday. Hundreds of people headed down to Hastings Sports Park to get a first look inside the new institute.
“We are thrilled that EIT ISH is finally up and running,” said Kirsten Westwood, head of EIT’s School of Health and Sports Science. “It’s such an exciting and ground-breaking project for EIT and our region.”
EIT staff welcomed visitors through the learning and teaching spaces as well as the research centre which is set to become a hub for community-centred research.
The sports science lab attracted special interest. EIT experts showcased Hawke’s Bay’s sole 3D body scanner and their sport science services including sport nutrition and exercise physiology tests.
Children took part in a colouring in competition and queued up for face painting, while their parents grabbed the chance to talk about EIT programmes being delivered at the new location.
The official opening of the institute is just the first stage of the project, ultimately the institute will be extended to include a community health and fitness centre as well as a multi-sport training facility. Only last week EIT ISH has been granted $3 million from the Lottery Grants Board.
If you didn’t make it to the EIT ISH open day, check out the video here.