Board and Staff Profiles
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Pete has a background in Marketing Management – Pizza Hut, Cerebos-Greggs, Simpson and Carter Holt Harvey start-up Straightedge and in Communications with Whybin TBWA, Y&R and J Walter Thompson.
He is a keen sportsman having played age group rugby, representing Auckland in surf lifesaving and completing an Ironman. More recently Pete represented NZ in Waka Ama at the World Champs at Karapiro and races ocean surf ski, racing in Australia, Tahiti, Hawaii and at the US Surf Ski Champs.
Pete currently manages the Marketing and Sourcing teams for the OCG Consulting group of recruitment companies.
John is a founding member of CRNZ and a longstanding competitor with over 20 years of canoe sprint under his belt, representing NZ at two Olympic games - 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona. He has been a NZ selector since 1998 and a member of both North Shore and Karapiro Clubs.
John has a PGDipBus (post graduate degree in Business, Auckland University) and is currently studying at Waikato University for MEd (Masters in Education). He is a craftsman plumber and gas fitter, and is now living in Hamilton with partner Lesley where he works as a tutor of plumbing and gas fitting at Manukau Institute of Technolgy. He has two daughters, Samantha and Georgia
Mike is married to Wendy and lives at Red Beach on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. They have two adult children both of whom have clearly inherited their considerable sporting talents from their mother. Mikes own sports interests have concentrated on rugby and a variety of summer pursuits including yachting, surf lifesaving, triathlon, cycling and golf (that he would like to be good at).
Mike has spent most of his working life in sales/marketing and general management ; he has just completed 14 years with Wesfarmers Industrial & Safety NZ Ltd (WISNZ) as General Manager and prior to this approx.10 years with Carter Holt Harvey. Mike currently works for WISNZ on a part time basis spending the balance of his time involved in farming and other family interests. He has been a member of the New Zealand and Australian boards of various Wesfarmers subsidiary companies and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Mike is currently chairman of the Rosmini College, Board of Trustees, President of Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club and a Trustee of the Auckland Marine Rescue Centre.
Grant is a qualified pharmacist working and living in Gisborne with four kids.
He was a New Zealand representative in Surf Lifesaving 1980-1985, NZ representative in sprint kayaking 1983-1988 and attended two Olympic Games in LA and Seoul. The highlights were a Gold medal K4 1000m in LA 1984 and a Bronze medal at the World Championships in 1985 in the K1 10,000m.
Grant was a national selector for several years following retirement. He is Chairman of Waikanae Surf Lifesaving Club and deputy chair for Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti.
He still gets out paddling occasionally and enjoys keeping fit with plenty of tennis, cycling and surfing.
Matt lives with his wife and four children on the sunny Kapiti Coast just north of Wellington. He has been a competitive swimmer and Surf lifesaver and dabbled in a bit of Kayaking over the years.
With over 15 years working in the sport and recreation industry, Matt is now working as Grants, Fundraising and Projects Manager for Surf Life Saving NZ focusing on funding and organisational development. As a volunteer he has been on numerous committees and Boards of both Surf and Swimming and is currently a committee member of the Mana Kayak Racing Club.
Matt has a background in coaching at Club and Representative level spending a number of years as Surf League coach. He is also an ICF International Canoe Sprint Official. Matt also enjoys spending time with the family and when not taking the kids to all of their sporting activities enjoys surfing, fishing and cycling.
|Scott is a Planning Consultant for Boffa Miskell, an environmental planning and design consultancy. Scott holds a Masters of Resource and Environmental Planning but brings extensive experience and knowledge to the board shaped by voluntary involvement and employment in various national sporting organisations, Surf Life Saving New Zealand, and being a professional athlete in canoe sprint. He remains on several canoe sprint and surf life saving club, regional and national committees.|
A highly motivated and tenacious person who prides himself on his ability to lead others and continually challenge his own ability, he has a passion to develop strong working relationships with stakeholders to deliver innovative and high quality solutions.
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Mark Weatherall, Chief Executive Officer
||Mark has over fifteen years’ experience working in the sport sector having filled key leadership roles in surf lifesaving and provincial rugby.
He has two children Flynn and Ella who both love the water – whether it be the lake or the ocean.
In his spare time Mark is the team manager for the New Zealand Surf Life Saving Team, and he also enjoys spending time in the outdoors – hunting, fishing and photography.
Greg Owen, HIGH PERFORMANCE DIRECTOr
Greg is a highly motivated and experienced Performance Consultant, having consulted for the last thirteen years to many elite and professional sports organisations including NZ Cricket, NZ Netball, Tennis NZ, NZ Squash, Vodafone Warriors, NZ Rugby League, NZ Badminton, International Cricket Council, Badminton World Federation and International Tennis Federation.
Greg graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation. He then went on to produce a thesis that earned him a Master of Health Science with first class honours.
His passion is to work with and lead a team of like-minded individuals to build an environment that delivers sustained long-term athletic development and performance outcomes.
In his spare time, he enjoys keeping fit in the outdoors and doing any activity on the water. He is also a devoted husband and father of three young girls.
KAREN SIMPSON-WARREN, BUSINESS MANAGER
Karen and husband Matt live on the Kapiti Coast north of Wellington and have a busy household of four energetic children.
Karen worked in the FMCG industry for 16 years, initially in Sales and Sales Management, and then as Managing Director of a merchandising, demonstration and importing business.
She then made the jump to sports to work for Netball Wellington Region and now works part time for CRNZ. Karen is also a registered Marriage and Civil Union Celebrant.
She is qualified as an ICF International Canoe Sprint Official and her other sporting interests include netball and surf lifesaving.Karen also enjoys supporting her family in their many varied sports and hobbies.
STACEY PLOWMAN, FINANCE MANAGER
Stacey lives on the North Shore in Auckland. She has three children - Danika, Toby and Lucas.
Stacey started off in IT before moving to Office Management and prior to CRNZ was self employed for 12 years having an accounts and administration business as well as owning different businesses in the beverage, gift and storage industries. She started working for CRNZ at the end of July 2013.
Stacey leads a busy life supporting her children’s sports and interests as well as enjoying the beach and the theatre in her spare time.
Gordon Walker, Coach
Gordon was born in Zimbabwe and moved to NZ with the rest of his family at age 6. He was educated in Hamilton and then Auckland and has lived there ever since. He is married with 3 young children.
Gordon was given the role of Intern Coach with CRNZ in early 2010 and has been a part of the High Performance Programme since then.
Gordon has a keen interest in many sports and has coached in variety of sports including cycling, running, swimming, kayaking, triathlon, and multisport.
RENE OLSEN, WOMEN'S TEAM BOAT COACH
| || Rene's passion for kayaking began back in 1988. He was part of the Danish national canoe sprint team from 1990-2013 with a break in 2003-2005 to be in the Danish Navy special forces. He then decided he was too slow for sprint and turned his attention to Marathon paddling, representing Denmark at the World Championships.|
In the two years before moving to New Zealand Rene worked full time as the National U18/23 team coach in Denmark.
He is married to Jannie, who is a fashion designer and he loves most sports. After stopping paddling in late 2013 Rene took up triathlon, and did a couple of quarter and half Ironman in 2014.
Rene hopes to take advantage of New Zealand's great environment for triathlon, and to start doing a little of that again.
FREDERIC LOYER, MEN'S COACH
A native of France, Frederic comes to the role with a background in coaching in both France and Canada being involved with both French and Canadian National Programmes and working in different clubs in Canada (Lac Beauport, Ottawa River, Chelsea).
He has developed his coaching expertise over more than 30 years including 10 years as a member of France's national and international canoe teams.
He holds a Masters degree from the University of Lille in the Science of Sport and Recreation and undertook further studies in Osteopathy in order to build his expertise in the science of the human body.
He is married with two young daughters.