Raylene Bates: “I am currently the Athletics New Zealand High Performance Para Athlete Manager and Head Coach, having previously worked for the Otago Academy of Sport, NZ Academy of Sport SI and High Performance Sport NZ as their Business Manager. I have been an active and successful provincial and national representative athlete for more than 40 years and still participate in athletics, mountain biking and adventure racing. I have had a number of roles in Athletics Otago since 1989, have been Head Coach/Team Manager/Team Leader for Elite NZ Athletics and Paralympic athletics teams to Commonwealth Games, Olympic games, Paralympics and World Champs since 2006. I have been a throws coach for 28 years, and as well as coaching NZ Champions, medallists and record holders in several disciplines, I have given large numbers of athletes the opportunity to improve and achieve their goals.”
Megan Gibbons: Board Chair: I am currently the Head of College for Te Ohu Ora (sport, adventure, massage and occupational therapy) at Otago Polytechnic, with responsibility for 600 full-time equivalent students and a budget of over $9 million. I am also a member of the Otago Polytechnic Academic Board. I previously worked at the NZ Academy of Sport and Massey University. I have a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Auckland University. I have been involved in athletics since the 1980’s, representing NZ at Oceania and Australian Championships, and since the mid-1990’s have been coaching in Canterbury, Northland and (since 2004) Otago. I currently have a squad of 34 athletes that vary in age from 11 to 23, and also lecture level 1 and 2 coaching courses for new coaches.”
Stuart Melville: “I express my interest in putting my name forward for nomination to the new board of Athletics Otago. I have been a chartered accountant since 1974 and for the last 26 years have been in business as a sole practitioner. It is my desire to support the board, not participate in the day to day financial affairs of the organisation. My wide range of business experience could assist the board in financial decisions as well as administration, staffing or policy issues. When I was a member of the University Athletic Club in the mid '70s, I held the position of delegate to the Athletics Otago Centre for that club for about five years. During the 1970/71 track season, I was the secretary/treasurer of NZ Universities Athletics and organised a tour of NZ by an Australian Universities team, including a test in Dunedin. I have competed in athletics events from the age of 12, with success at intermediate and high school, university and Otago championships, as well as national events, starting as a sprinter and ending as a middle distance runner. In 1974 I was selected to compete in the 1974 Commonwealth Games and have subsequently attended the 1982,1986 and 1994 events. Of recent times, I have attended the world track and field championships and believe the experience and knowledge gained in attending such occasions could be of assistance to the board. I still walk every day.”
Bryce Watt: “I am passionate about young New Zealanders engaging with athletics and adopting an active lifestyle. I am involved at grass roots level through officiating and with administration at an Otago, Club and National level. I bring to the board extensive knowledge around the structure and administration of athletics in New Zealand. Through previous roles I bring experience in governance and policy development in not for profit organisations. I am keen to see Athletics Otago and its member clubs develop strategies that focus on increasing participation, developing products and services, strengthening delivery at grass roots, and growing talent whilst creating sustainable income.”
Education and Athletics have been life-long passions. A teacher for 40 years, I was Rector of Timaru Boys’ High School 1996 -2014.
As an athlete I competed at national cross country and road championships 1970 -1990. NZ University titles, national road relay victories and a national marathon silver medal were competitive highlights. In the 1980s and 1990s I was fortunate to have a role with Radio NZ Sport as a commentator at national and international championships. At the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games I was one of the three track and field announcers. I was a national cross country and road selector throughout the 1990’s and again 2010 -2012. I have managed NZ representative teams to Australia, Japan and South Africa. Two initiatives I led and take much satisfaction from is the establishment of the All Weather Track Complex in Timaru and the Athlete of the Year annual awards in Canterbury that were later adopted by Athletics NZ. My current roles with Athletics NZ involve representation on Oceania Cross Country Committee and as a member of the Athletics NZ Distance Leadership Group. A Dunedin resident since the start of 2014 I am keen to be involved with the future of Athletics Otago.