fbpx

Sport Southland Announce New Board Chair

Invercargill business advisor and project manager Bevan Ellis has been appointed to chair an expanded Sport Southland Board.

Ellis, who has been a trustee of the regional sports trust since 2018, replaces Steven Kennedy, who passed away earlier this year.

“It was a bitter-sweet appointment with Steve’s passing, but I’m really looking forward to taking on the challenge. They are big shoes to fill. Steve was really well connected and knew Sport Southland so well, he was a great guy to serve under,” Ellis said.

Along with Ellis and current Sport Southland board members Chris Peddie, Alex Crackett, Aaron McKenzie and Nigel Finnerty, a recent recruitment process has seen the addition of four new trustees.

Newfield Park Primary School principal Sonya Carey and Southland District Council Group Manager, Services and Assets, Matt Russell have been appointed for three years.

Kindergartens South general manager Nikki McRobie and Invercargill lawyer and general manager of MSK Ultrasound Southland, Katie McRae have been co-opted onto the board for the next two years.

Having greater representation from across the community would add depth to the decision-making process as Sport Southland develops strategies in response to a changing landscape which includes a focus across the full spectrum from play and active recreation to traditional sport, Ellis said.

“We wanted to expand the board because having some more diversity of thought…around the table will be really helpful,” he said.

The pandemic has had serious repercussions for the sport sector, but also shown that people are thinking differently about being active, so the future was both challenging and exciting, Ellis said.

“Sport Southland is a key player in the community. We’ve got a lot of thinking and rethinking to do as we come through the Covid-19 crisis and into a new normal and what that’s going to look like.”

Sport Southland had a significant part to play in supporting the wellbeing of the community, Ellis said.

“Sport Southland has evolved. The sport corner of what we do is still really important, and I think we are showing really good leadership in that space, (supporting) clubs and regional sports organisations. More and more it’s around activity, it’s just trying to get our next generation active in whatever way that is.”

Netball News: Georgia Heffernan ruled out for season
News, Sports News
92 views
News, Sports News
92 views

Netball News: Georgia Heffernan ruled out for season

Southland Sports News - Jul 07, 2020

Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel shooter Georgia Heffernan will be sidelined for the rest of the year following a serious…

Harness Racing – Wyndham and Invercargill Lose Meetings In Coming Season
Eastern Southland, Gore
220 views
Eastern Southland, Gore
220 views

Harness Racing – Wyndham and Invercargill Lose Meetings In Coming Season

Malcolm Gayfer - Jul 07, 2020

Harness racing is in for a shake up in the south in the up-coming season. Arguably the biggest shock is…

Exciting Times For Southland Softball Association
News, Sports News
1172 views
News, Sports News
1172 views

Exciting Times For Southland Softball Association

Aimee Wilson - Jul 07, 2020

Participation in softball has been growing at such a rate over the past 5 years, there is no wonder Invercargill…

Strong Caps Remarkable Rookie Year with ILT Senior Sportsperson Award
News, Sports News
331 views
News, Sports News
331 views

Strong Caps Remarkable Rookie Year with ILT Senior Sportsperson Award

Southland Sports News - Jul 04, 2020

Corbin Strong’s outstanding first year as an elite cyclist has been recognised with the ILT Senior Sportsperson of the Year award. The…

Peter White – RIP
News, Sports News
3438 views
News, Sports News
3438 views

Peter White – RIP

Malcolm Gayfer - Jul 03, 2020

They say Death visits thrice. For me the last 10 days or so has seen that character visit 4 times,…

Netball News: Georgia Heffernan ruled out for season
News, Sports News
92 views
News, Sports News
92 views

Netball News: Georgia Heffernan ruled out for season

Southland Sports News - Jul 07, 2020

Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel shooter Georgia Heffernan will be sidelined for the rest of the year following a serious…

Lockdown To Be Imposed Across Central Melbourne For Six Weeks
Covid-19, International
369 views
Covid-19, International
369 views

Lockdown To Be Imposed Across Central Melbourne For Six Weeks

News Desk - Jul 07, 2020

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a lockdown of metropolitan Melbourne as the state records its largest daily increase in…

National MP Hamish Walker Admits Leaking Covid-19 Patient Details
News, Politics
1146 views
News, Politics
1146 views

National MP Hamish Walker Admits Leaking Covid-19 Patient Details

News Desk - Jul 07, 2020

National Party MP Hamish Walker has admitted to leaking Covid-19 patient details. Acting chief executive of Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust…

Big Discussion On Museum Project Today
Invercargill City Council, News
932 views
Invercargill City Council, News
932 views

Big Discussion On Museum Project Today

Aimee Wilson - Jul 07, 2020

Deputy Mayor Toni Biddle admits she has “unashamedly” lobbied her fellow Invercargill city councillors to back her motion fast tracking…

Harness Racing – Wyndham and Invercargill Lose Meetings In Coming Season
Eastern Southland, Gore
220 views
Eastern Southland, Gore
220 views

Harness Racing – Wyndham and Invercargill Lose Meetings In Coming Season

Malcolm Gayfer - Jul 07, 2020

Harness racing is in for a shake up in the south in the up-coming season. Arguably the biggest shock is…