744 Sandringham Road Extension
Mt Roskill Auckland
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.
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.
Nick Moore - Committee Member
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.
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.
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
Lorraine Stone - Committee Member
I have been bringing my two children along to Owairaka athletics for a number of years. Having fun is the main criteria for them to continue with any of their after-school activities, and this is something that the athletics club offers, along with learning and developing new skills. I like that the club is very friendly, inclusive, and family-oriented. I joined the Committee last year and have enjoyed helping to maintain the momentum of the club to keep growing and improving. My previous experience with athletics is joining my local athletics club as a school student because I enjoyed running. In winter I manage my son's football team.
Kate Doherty - Committee Member
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.