Club Officials

Committee

Natasha Muschamp
President

I believe it takes a village to raise a child and in our city we need to build healthy communities to support our children. I am excited to be part of a committee with such a heartfelt and clear vision of both reaching out and supporting the local community and also of nurturing and extending athletes to add to the club's fine History of success. I have my degree and post graduate diplomas from Auckland University and am the Head of Department of a large special needs centre. I grew up playing sport and spending summer evenings doing athletics. It is fantastic to watch my children and nieces and nephew growing as athletes, running and throwing and jumping with pleasure. It is wonderful for my wider family and myself to enjoy making new friends from the area.


Julie Collard
Committee member

I am a runner and teacher, married with one child. We started bringing our daughter to Owairaka when she started school in 2008 and now we all run with the club, both socially and competitively. It's a great family-friendly environment and I firmly believe running is a wonderful sport for all ages to be involved with. Outside of the club, I am an intermediate school teacher, and I particularly love working with children of that age, the 'emerging adolescent'. Netball is another sport I am involved in, but running is my main passion. I share the vision of others in the club to bring Owairaka's past back to life and allow our youth to reach new highs.


email: julie_collard@hotmail.com

Nigel Mather
Committee Member

I have great memories as a young lad of having a fantastic time at the local athletics club.  It was a place to socialise, to learn, and to race, but most importantly to have fun with friends in a supportive environment.  I am keen for my kids and others in the community to have the same experience.  Historically a competitive triathlete, I now enjoy participating in a range of sports when time permits!  I am married to Leah and we have three boys.

ph: 021 612 799
email: nigemather@gmail.com

Nick Moore
Committee Member

I didn't do athletics when I was young and so had no experience of being involved in a club. I always thought athletics clubs are elitist and only for really fast runners. But that's really not the case. I've been running with Owairaka for a few years now and found companionship, encouragement, community and had lots of fun in the process. Running is much more rewarding when you are part of a team - both racing in the Owai singlet and also training as a squad. So, we welcome any senior athletes whatever your age to come down on a Wednesday night and train with us.

ph: 021 119 4177
email: nickmoore01@gmail.com

Dion O'Neale
Committee Member

Ko Maungahuka te Māunga. Ko Ruamahanga te awa. Ko ngati pakeha tōku iwi. Nō Wairarapa ahau. Ko Dion tōku ingoa.
Originally from Wellington, I started out running trails in the hills. Since moving to Auckland I run much more tar-seal than single track but being part of Owairaka gives me the chance to still get a bit of mud at events like club cross-country. I've really appreciated the fun and support that comes from training and competing at club events and I'm keen to help Owairaka grow its presence at the Senior and Masters level.
To balance my running against less healthy pursuits, I'm also an avid home brewer and craft beer enthusiast. When my hobbies allow time, I work at Auckland University, where I am a lecturer in the physics department.


Brenda Orr
Committee Member

I feel junior athletics is a basis for everything that happens in the future. While having fun I love to see children develop skills that can be used for a lifetime such as balance, teamwork, awareness of the body in place or space and make noise. I have been involved since my son began athletics in 2014 as a 2 year old. I work for the Harbourmasters Office and play indoor netball.


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