Tim Morrison - President
I’ve always played sports, there have been breaks but I’ve always gone back to running. I work in finance, sitting down all day, so I’ve always balanced that with some physical activity - lunch time runs during the week days, often with fellow Owairaka members. When we lived in Sandringham I’d come down to the club for the 5k on a Wednesday and sometimes even win it (that’s my memory anyway!!). I think my first club outing was the Southland Centennial relays at War Memorial Park which was a lot of fun and running for the club went from there. I regularly represent the club at Cross Country, NZ Road Relays and NZ Masters Athletics track champs. There’s some great friendships that have been made over the years through the club connection which is one of the things I value most. It’s also been great to see the growth in the club and the members getting the benefits out of being part of this great community.
I loved athletics when I was young and have been a lifelong runner myself (albeit a slow one). We found the club when my daughter was starting school in 2008 and have been members ever since. I have enjoyed being involved with the club in many ways over the years, mainly serving on the committee and coaching the kids on Wednesday evenings. It's been wonderful getting to know lots of families who have grown up with us and so many young people enjoying taking part in and increasing their skills in running, jumping and throwing.
I'm also the Event Director of Owairaka parkrun.
I've been running with Owairaka for a few years now and found companionship, encouragement, community and had lots of fun in the process. I really like cross country but I will run anything from 1500 to the marathon. 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 Tuesday and Thursday and train with us. Over the last couple of years, I've been involved in coaching. I am a registered Athletics New Zealand Community Coach and coach the #lightningbolts on Wednesday evenings and help with Junior Athletics in the Summer.
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.
Peter Kenny - Treasurer
I'd never been into athletics and, until doing "Boot Camp" via work, had never run more than a 5k (reluctantly). Colleagues commented that I was quite quick running back to work (it was actually racing to get the shower first), and it's all snowballed from that really. I found Owai by looking for some local events and popped along to the 5k in the Park one Wednesday (just as the track re-laying was happening). The Club is on the up! We've had some fine Masters wins and placings, and importantly had some fun along the way. Come along to keep fit, volunteer, or compete - you're welcome.
ph: 021 672 117
Kate Doherty - Secretary
My kids have been running, jumping and throwing at Owairaka since 2013, and my brothers ran here sometime last century. It was cool for my kids to find their uncle’s name on one of the old club trophies, and that’s one of the great things about Owai - its rich history.
I love the atmosphere at the track on a Wednesday night - there’s always loads of activity, a strong community atmosphere and happy kids learning great skills for life.
I help out with our junior programme year-round, and with club comms - website, newsletter, social media etc.
I am based in Lynfield, Auckland & usually train early mornings. I love to go farther/faster than ever before & I have yet to find a better way to start the day. I am training to become a consistent, injury-free runner & perhaps run some half marathons in New Zealand & around the world. I am on a running streak since Feb 2022 & wish to keep it going. I enjoy training with the group at Owairaka Athletics as we have multiple pace groups which are flexible as per individual's fitness. I look forward to the Sunday long run & the post-run coffee every week. If you wish to join us or have any question, please reach out on details below
Other committee members