One of the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s (NZOC) newest appointments comes from North Canterbury – and serves on the Sport Canterbury Board of Trustees.
Tony Hall has an extensive background in business, economic development, sport and the tertiary sector. He holds a tremendous amount of passion for the role adventure plays in developing New Zealand’s young people and the impact this has on both a community and national level.
Hall serves as Pro-Chancellor for Lincoln University. He is also the Chairman of the Community Colleges NZ Council, Tertiary Education Board Commissioner, Chair of the MainPower Trust Board and was founding Chairman of the North Canterbury Economic Development Trust. In 2007, Hall was awarded the NZ Order of Merit for services to the community.
His most recent appointment is to the Board of NZOC, an independent organisation responsible for providing NZ athletes the resources they need to achieve their goals at Olympic, Commonwealth and Youth Games. NZOC also actively promotes Olympic values through a variety of cultural and educational programmes.
“The Olympic movement holds as much relevance in smaller communities as in main centres,” says Hall. “Given the history and tradition of the Games, it’s interesting to consider what meaning it holds for today’s young people.”
Hall’s governance roles in Sport include board member of both Sport Canterbury and the North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust (Chair 2006-2011).
“Our organisation values the depth of experience and insight Tony brings to our Board,” says Sport Canterbury CEO Geoff Barry. “Given the significant recovery role our Trust has taken on post-quake, Tony’s leadership has proven invaluable, in this particularly challenging environment.”
“It’s great for Canterbury to see two of our community’s trusted ambassadors on the NZOC Board,” Barry adds, referring to Hall’s position beside Barry Maister.
Hall’s ongoing interests include multisport, family, sailing and upkeep of a small farm. He takes an active interest in Adaptive Snowsports New Zealand and currently supports the progress of Adam Hall, Paralympian gold medallist and Corey Peters, an emerging sit-ski athlete
About Sport Canterbury
Sport Canterbury engages over 100,000 people each year in programmes designed to share the benefits of an active, sporting lifestyle. As New Zealand’s leading regional sports trust, Sport Canterbury employs dedicated, experienced staff who are passionate about supporting teachers and parents, athletes and administrators, to enrich sporting opportunities for future generations. It’s about improving access for the wider community and simply seeing “more people, more active, more often.”
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