Proud to Play NZ Ambassadors 

Robbie Manson

Olympic Rower

 

Blake Skjellerup

Former Olympic Speed Skater & LGBT Youth Advocate

Blake began speed skating at the age of 10 in Christchurch after an injury from roller blading forced him to stop playing rugby union for a season. His brother introduced him to speed skating to keep him active. Blake quickly took to the sport and began spending as much time as he could in skates. In short track Blake had found not only has passion but something that he was good at.

In his career he has won five New Zealand national titles and broken numerous national records throughout his career. Skjellerup currently holds 3 New Zealand individual records in the 500, 1000, 1500 meter event, and 1 record in the 5000m men’s relay.

Blake came out as gay in an interview with Australian magazine DNA in May 2010, saying he had decided to wait until after the Vancouver Games to do so in order to focus on his performance and to avoid turning off potential sponsors. He is one of only a few openly gay Olympic athletes.

Blake also became an advocate for Pink Shirt Day, a nationwide campaign to fight bullying in New Zealand.

Louisa Wall

Labour MP

 

Born in Taupo and brought up in Waitahanui near Taupo, Wall has Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Waikato ancestry. She was named after her father’s cousin Louis, who died on the day she was born. Louisa Wall attended secondary school at Taupo-nui-a-Tia College. She earned qualifications from the Waikato Institute of Technology, the University of Waikato and Massey University; and worked in the health field.She identifies openly as lesbian.

In 1988 Wall became the youngest member of the “Young Internationals” netball squad to train under former New Zealand Captain and New Zealand Coach, Lyn Parker. In 1989 the selectors named her in theSilver Ferns netball team (New Zealand’s national representative netball team) at the age of 17. Wall also represented New Zealand in the Black Ferns women’s rugby team.

In May 2012, Louisa submitted a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in New Zealand to the private member’s bill ballot, and it was subsequently drawn from the ballot and introduced to Parliament in late July 2012. On 17 April 2013, the bill was passed into law, making New Zealand the 13th nation to allow same-sex marriage. At the third reading, Louisa gave a speech likening the passing of the bill to Treaty of Waitangi settlement acts previously passed by the New Zealand parliament. Louisa said the passing of the bill was like winning a “World Cup final”.

 

Richard Tankersley

Commissioner with Human Rights Commission

Like thousands of Kiwi guys, I started playing rugby around the same time I started learning how to read.

I was 5, playing Saturday morning barefoot schoolboy rugby in rural New Zealand. When Hawke’s Bay held the Ranfurly Shield back in the late sixties, to me the black and white striped jersey of the Mighty Magpies was as important as the All Black jersey.

Rugby on a Saturday morning and then a flurry of activity as Dad and his mates headed for McLean Park on a Saturday afternoon - complete with beers and Mum’s bacon and egg pie - are strong memories from my early days.

Click here to read more of Richard’s story

Aaron Fleming

Ironman Athlete, Author and Professional Presenter

Aaron got into triathlon at age 22 following a serious illness as a teenager that required major lung surgery and many years of recovery.  As a result of his illness Aaron developed depression and everyday life was a struggle - he couldn’t even wear a bag on his back for many years.  Some of the harshest news he was told was when his surgeon said that he would never be able to physically exert himself ever again.

Not one to watch sport from the couch, Aaron used his scarred body as motivation to turn his life around.  Through sheer determination and gutsy self-belief, Aaron took on the sport of Ironman (3.8km swim, 180km cycle, 42.2km run) – starting from scratch.  

Aaron is now a regular on the Ironman circuit, competing in triathlons around the world.  His illness means he has limitations and will never be a podium finisher, but it his attitude and dedication that has turned heads worldwide.  His mental strength is his strongest discipline.

Ten years on and Aaron is still very active in his sport, and through his generosity of using sport to help others through raising funds for charity, Aaron was announced as New Zealand’s Ambassador for the Beijing Olympics where he was New Zealand’s sole torchbearer, and he has been a previous finalist for Young New Zealander of the Year.

Aaron came out as gay in 2007 when he was 23 and speaks openly about being a proud and out athlete.  Being strong and confident in who he is has helped him stay focussed on his goals, and the sporting community has continued to support him - regardless of his sexuality.  

Aaron is also the author of the book Purpose, where he shares his story of overcoming adversity to achieve on the sporting world stage.

Swimming Results

24 & Under Men – Individual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

O’Connor, Michael Z

24

Glamourhead Sharks

117

2

Humphries, Limn Z

22

Glamourhead Sharks

111

25-29 Men  – Individual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

Namestnik,  Gary Z

25

Unattached

105

2

Roudaut,  Gwenael Z

29

Wett Ones

93

3

Kirkpatrick,  Trevor Z

28

Team Auckland  Masters Swimmers-AK

80

4

Busuttil, David Z

28

Wett Ones

55

5

Wu, Daniel Z

25

Team Auckland  Masters Swimmers-AK

50

30-34 Women  – Individual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

Whaites, Katherine Z

30

Unattached

120

30-34 Men – Individual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

Shibata, Masaki Z

30

Wett Ones

120

2

Holmes, Mark Z

34

Wett Ones

112

3

Greene, Brent Z

32

Glamourhead Sharks

103

4

Caceres Castro, Alberto Z

34

Glamourhead Sharks

99

4

Bray, Tristan Z

31

Wett Ones

99

6

Mahelona,  Keoni Z

31

Different Strokes Wellington-WN

89

7

Skjellerup, Blake Z

31

Unattached

46

35-39 Women – Individual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

Mentha,  Karen Z

36

Unattached

120

2

Magnus, Wendy Z

38

Wett Ones

80

35-39 Men – Individual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

Webb, Kodie Z

38

Glamourhead Sharks

120

2

Donlon,  Kevin Z

38

Unattached

110

3

Claro, Fernando Z

36

Aqualicious

98

4

Westaway, Nick Z

36

Wett Ones

83

5

Patrick, Todd Z

37

Glamourhead  Sharks

74

6

Whelan, Paul Z

36

Glamourhead  Sharks

66

7

Clarke, Jeremy Z

37

Team Auckland  Masters Swimmers-AK

59

8

Healey,  Christopher Z

35

Wett Ones

40

40-44 Men – Individual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

Buckner, Jason Z

44

Glamourhead Sl)arks

114

2

Blanquer,  Pascal Z

42

Wett Ones

110

3

Tuteleers, Bart Z

43

Wett Ones

99

4

Kaulback,  Martin Z

43

Different  Strokes Wellington-WN

97

5

Fujikawa,  Noritaka Z

43

Wett Ones

92

6

Lee, Gary Z

42

Wett Ones

46

7

Davies, Aaron Z

43

Team Auckland  Masters Swimmers-AK

44

8

Hudson,  James Z

44

Team Auckland  Masters Swimmers-AK

17

45-49 Women – Individual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

Cox, Rebecca Z

45

Team Auckland Masters Swimmers-AK

60

45-49 Men  – Individual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

Leese,  Andrew Z

46

Wet! Ones

117

2

de Roos, Robert Z

47

Aqualicious

104

3

Campbell, Malcom Z

45

Glamourhead Sharks

98

4

Koh, Kenneth Z

46

Aqualicious

80

5

Shepherd, Alan Z

49

Glamourhead Sharks

67

6

Anderson, Michael Z

49

Aqualicious

57

50-54 Women – Individual  Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

McLauchlan,  Megan  Z

51

Wett Ones

117

1

Weatherall, Ann Z

52

Different Strokes Wellington-WN

117

50-54 Men – lndividual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

Ward, Nick Z

52

Wett Ones

116

2

Black, Stuart Z

50

Aqualicious

89

3

Arnold, Richard Z

51

Different Strokes Wellington-WN

83

4

Lim, Adrian Z

52

Wett Ones

76

4

Barratt, Ashley Z

51

Team Auckland Masters Swimmers-AK

76

6

Allardice, Hamish Z

54

Different Strokes Wellington-WN

75

6

Foster, Julian Z

52

Different Strokes Wellington-WN

75

8

Kartantya, Ivan Z

52

Team Auckland Masters Swimmers-AK

60

9

Frost, David Z

53

Team Auckland Masters Swimmers-AK

51

1 0

Standen, Colin Z

52

Welt Ones

49

1 1

Elliott, Clayton Z

53

Team Auckland Masters Swimmers-AK

12

55-59 Women  – Individual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

Borne, Cynthia Z

55

Team Auckland Masters Swimmers-AK

100

2

Weekes, Mi Z

58

Wett Ones

77

55-59 Men – Individual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

Godfrey, Alan Z

59

Glamourhead Sharks

120

2

Williams, Charles Z

57

Glamourhead Sharks

114

3

Entwistle, Mark Z

56

Team Auckland Masters Swimmers-AK

69

60-64 Women – Individual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

Rankine, Jenny Z

63

Team Auckland Masters Swimmers-AK

60

60-64 Men – Individual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

Franz, Craig Z

63

Unattached

120

2

Young, Gavin Z

61

Different Strokes Wellington-WN

34

65-69 Women – Individual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

Anderson, Elizabeth Z

66

Team Auckland Masters Swimmers-AK

100

2

Lee, Gj Z

66

Unattached

70

3

Barclay, Jeanie Z

66

Unattached

51

65-69 Men – Individual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

McGee, Peter Z

66

Wett Ones

117

2

Preston, Christopher Z

65

Team Auckland Masters Swimmers-AK

100

3

Jenner, Edward Z

69

Team Auckland Masters Swimmers-AK

57

4

Keele, Neil Z

66

Wett Ones

34

70 & Over Women – Individual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

Sadow, Margaret Z

77

Wett Ones

80

70 & Over Men – Individual Scores

Place

Name

Age

Team

Points

1

Judd, Ron Z

71

Team Auckland Masters Swimmers-AK

60

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