Proud descendant of Tainui, Ngapuhi and Ngati Raukawa. My passion for Basketball started with St Michaels Primary School 2010 and skills developed through Tauranga Representative as manager and volunteer work. I volunteer as Papamoa College Basketball coach for several years, while developing and implementing programmes for growth and sustainability for coaches and players. I have over 20yrs experience in mixed media from television, web, radio and print, local, regional and national level.
Background in basketball / connection to TCBA
My basketball journey started at around age 3-4, watching my Dad's social team. I played miniball from age 7 or thereabouts, progressing through various High School teams, to playing Club Basketball in Dunedin throughout Uni. I then joined the Navy, and managed to represent the Navy at interservices tournaments against Army and Air Force, and play against other International Navy teams whilst visiting various overseas sports. I've been an active player for the Bombers team in Monday night social leagues for the last 8 years since moving to Tauranga.
A couple of years back, I felt the need to give back to the sport that I've loved pretty much my whole life - so joined the TCBA executive committee. We have a great basketball community in Tauranga and I would love to see that continue to develop so that one day, locals will have the opportunity to see the game played here at the highest level.
Favorite Basketball Player
Growing up through the '90s, it was always Michael Jordan (by the way, how good is 'The Last Dance' on Netflix right now? Must watch viewing for any 'baller of the Jordan-era).
I also watched a lot of NZ NBL, and being from Dunedin originally, grew up a Nuggets fan from the era of Glen Denham (former Tall Blacks captain).
Most memorable moment in basketball
At Uni, I once had two free-throws in the last 10 seconds of a game in which we were one point down; I hit the first to tie the scores, but then missed the second - which would have given us the lead. Rather than hang my head and sulk, I managed to steal the ball from the opposition rebounder; pass it to a team mate, who promptly drained a corner three-pointer to win the game! Despondency to elation in about 1.5 seconds! That's what I love about the game.
Skills that you bring to the TCBA Executive.
Outside of basketball, I'm a Human Resources and Employment Relations Consultant; and work with a wide range of clients across the wider Bay of Plenty.