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Welcome new Board Chair

Author -  Karen Simpson

Canoe Racing NZ is delighted to announce the appointment of the vastly experienced sports administrator Jan Shearer to the position of Board chair.

Welcome new Board Chair

Canoe Racing NZ is delighted to announce the appointment of the vastly experienced sports administrator Jan Shearer to the position of Board chair.
Canoe Racing NZ is delighted to announce the appointment of the vastly experienced sports administrator Jan Shearer to the position of Board chair.Jan, who has served on the Canoe Racing NZ Board since 2017, is a three-time Olympic sailor who won a silver medal in the 470 Class at the 1992 Barcelona Games. 

Immersed in high performance sport for many years, she is married to Murray Jones, the six-time America’s Cup-winning sailor and designer. Her daughter, Gemma Jones, competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics finishing fourth.

Dunedin-born Jan, worked for much of her adult life as an engineer before moving into sports governance in 2011, where she served for three years on the Tennis NZ Board. Concurrently she was recruited for the Tennis NZ Advisory Group and subsequently worked in the role of Head of Performance at Tennis NZ between 2012 and 2017.

In 2016 she joined the Snow Sports NZ Board and for the past 15 months has served as Acting CEO for Snow Sports NZ in Wanaka.

Since joining the Canoe Racing NZ Board, Jan has been excited with the progress made under the leadership of CEO Tom Ashley and is optimistic the sport will continue to flourish.

“In my relatively short time on the Board I’ve seen the women’s programme grow from the initial success of Lisa (Carrington) and her coach, Gordon Walker, into a wider group of athletes who are performing with distinction on the international stage,” said Jan.

“We are also now seeing the development of a men’s programme, which will hopefully give them a better opportunity to qualify for major events and succeed in the future.”

Jan has seen a number of changes on the Canoe Racing NZ Board and her desire is for a period of “stability” under her leadership.

With an extensive background in sports governance and administration, Auckland-based Jan is acutely aware of the funding complications which face many national sports organisations in New Zealand and her desire is to provide value for everyone within the sport.

“We have to be seen to be transparent and fair and cater for the needs of all those in the sport, whether it is those participating at a grassroots level, as a club level paddler or for those striving for and performing on the international stage, The challenge is to meet all of those needs on limited resources and with funding that is not secure.”

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Welcome new Board Chair

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