Board and Staff Profiles


jan shearer



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With over 17 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 ITO (International Technical Official). Matt also enjoys spending time with the family and when not taking the kids to all of their sporting activities enjoys surfing, kayaking, fishing and cycling.

scott bicknell

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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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TOM ASHLEY, Chief Executive Officer

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Tom grew up on the water off Auckland’s North Shore. He was a professional windsurfer for 11 years and won a gold medal for NZ at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. 

After retiring from professional sport, Tom attained a Bachelor of Law with Honours and worked at Russell McVeagh in Auckland. Most recently, he spent four years as head coach of the Chinese Olympic Windsurfing Team, during which time Chinese athletes won World Championships and an Olympic silver medal. 




Karen's previous life saw her working 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 before joining Canoe Racing NZ back in 2009.  She has seen the organisation go through many changes in that time and has herself moved from a part-time role as Business Manager to her full-time role as Sport Development Manager.  

She is qualified as an ICF ITO (International Technical Official) and her other sporting interests include netball and surf lifesaving. 


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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, HP Coach

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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.


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 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.    


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Jasper was part of the CNRZ High Performance squad up until 2015 and within that time completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology.  

After retiring from competitive kayaking he travelled with his fiancee to Australia where they became the official partner for C Barcelona in Australia and New Zealand with Jasper's role being primarily event management. 

In his time off he enjoys going outdoors, either with a rifle, fishing rod or surfboard.



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Nathan most recently comes from the Australian Sports Institute and has coached national teams in both his native Canada, and the USA.

Nathan was a Canadian kayaking representative before beginning full-time coaching in 2002. 



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Aaron joined us after several years at Canoe Slalom New Zealand, during which time he set up the Canoe Slalom NZ coach development, served as coach of the National Performance Squad and Team Manager at the Rio Olympic Games, and was instrumental in setting up the Vector Wero Whitewater Park as the training venue of the NZ squad. He has spent the past two years as Canoe Slalom NZ’s High Performance Manager.


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