About

Board Profiles

Stephen Brocklebank – Chair

Managing Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dunedin and chairman of 4 Trades Apprenticeship Trust. He is Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, a Life Member of the Otago Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc and of the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and the NZ Trustees Association. He has also held several positions on the boards of sporting organisations in Dunedin, and is Vice President of the Sassenachs Rugby Football Club and Director of the Saint Clair Golf Club Board Inc Board of Management.

John Brimble

John was also appointed in 2013 appointment and has degrees from Auckland, Otago and Australian Universities and a background in production management, industrial relations/advocacy, contract and project management, strategic and business planning, and business re-engineering and recovery. He has worked in both the private and public sector in senior roles. He has had a long involvement in sport as a competitor/administrator, and in a governance role and is currently CEO of Sport Otago. He served 14 years on the Board of Presbyterian Support Otago 12 of those years as Chairman of the finance committee, and has served on the Board of Basketball Otago. John is currently on the Board of Water Safety New Zealand, The New Zealand Masters Games Company and Chairman of the Southern Zone NZRL. He is also on a range of local organising committees.

Helen Littleworth

A 2005 appointment, Helen is a Dunedin-based sports and manipulative physiotherapist who has worked with a wide range of sporting codes and teams, including the 2002 Women’s Rugby World Cup-winning Black Ferns, and the 2007 & 2009 Track & Field Team to the World Championships. Helen has been team physio at Olympic, Commonwealth Games and World Championship events and is now the Physio for the White Ferns. A former Black Ferns captain, she was also a New Zealand hockey representative.

Dr. Tania Cassidy

Tania was appointed to the Board in 2013 and is a senior lecturer in the area of Pedagogy in the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences at Otago University. Prior to arriving at the University of Otago Tania studied for a PhD in the Faculty of Education at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. Tania is the first author of a co-authored text entitledUnderstanding Sports Coaching: The social, cultural and pedagogical foundations of sports practice (2004. 2009; Routledge). Tania is on the Editorial Boards of several international journals.   As well as teaching and research Tania is involved in community initiatives, such as the Taieri College Sports Council and President of the Opoho Bowling Club.

Raylene Bates

A 2016 appointment to the Board, Raylene has bought years of experience from the inaugural NZ Academy of Sport South Island, HPSNZ, and Excellence in Sport South Island where she was Business Manager. Raylene is a Trustee of the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and Skeggs Foundation and Board member of Athletics Otago. Raylene is currently employed by Athletics New Zealand as the ANZ-HP Para Head Coach.  A former National and Oceania champion athlete, Raylene now focuses on coaching athletes to national and international success focussing on the throwing events.  Raylene has lead the Athletics team to two double Olympic/Paralympic campaigns in 2008 and 2012 and Paralympic team in 2016 and Commonwealth Games in 2006 and 2010 and several World Championships since 2007.