Life Members

 

 

 Bob-Crop

Bob Arlidge

Bob began skating at 15 and was selected for the world championships in the 1970s. In 1969 Bob became a NZ referee and as an international referee he officiated at 20 world championships from 1989. 

Bob has been on the Speed Sports Committee in different roles. He is a member of Mt Wellington Roller Sports Club and is on the Management Committee and Trustees and continues to coach at the club and attend National Championships.

 Joan Blackler

Joan has been involved in skating since her daughters began in 1972. She spent 6 years as President of the Manawatu Showgrounds Skating Club and many more years as Treasurer. She held the position as Artistic Committee Treasurer and chief marshall for over 20 years.
She has also been Regional and Area Treasurer since the early 1990’s and has been Team Manager for Oceania and World Artistic teams.

Joan organised and ran the Artistic section of the NZ Masters Games while it was held in Wanganui, which assisted in the Masters divisions becoming part of the National schedule and is still heavily involved at a club level. 

 

 Malcolm Busch

Malcolm became involved in the sport through his daughter in the 1970’s at the Manawatu Showgrounds Skating Club. He had taken on multiple administration roles during his time in the sport; Chief Announcer, New Zealand Championship Manager, NZFRS Board Member and most recently Funding Manager. Malcolm has recently retired from his latest role, but still remains a passionate supporter of roller sports and his club. 

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Graeme Campbell

Graeme came into the sport as a competitive skater in 1960 and has held may administrative positions in the Hastings Club, NZ Speed Sport and also a NZFRS Board member. His passion is speed skating and he qualified as a New Zealand Referee in 1979 and went on to become a World CIC Speed Judge in 1986. It is in this capacity that he has attended most NZ Championships, Junior Pacific’s, Oceania’s Asian Championships, World Games and World Championships.

 Beverley Cooper MNZM

Beverley Cooper MNZM

Beverley was a top NZ Skater, the winner of many figure and dance titles and continues to pass of this knowledge to skaters through her coaching. She has held many management positions but had a huge influence on our sport during the time she was Executive Officer a position she until 2008.

In 2006 Beverley was recognized for her services to Roller Skating and awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit.

2012 saw Bev undertake the management of the World Artistic championships in Auckland. She is currently the Oceania Dance advisor along with overseeing the Artistic High Performance programme.

  

 Roy Dobbin

Roy coached tirelessly for many years for the Manawatu club and New Zealand World speed teams have won World medals under Roy’s guidance and expertise.

While never skating himself, Roy put New Zealand speed skating on the World stage and pioneered speed skating techniques and programs to New Zealand that are still used by many skaters racing internationally today.

 

 Raewyn Hailes

Raewyn started skating in and competed in Artistic and Speed. She began judging in 1968 and progressed to an International B Commission. Judging at many local competitions, every NZ Championships and multiple Oceania Championships she is now mentoring new judges.

Raewyn has held many roles in the administration of the Artistic sport over years and has served on the Committees of several clubs. She is involved in club coaching and was an inaugural member of the Coaching Commission as an administrator.

Raewyn has travelled with 9 World Championship teams and helped organise the World Championships in Nelson in 1981 and Auckland in 1987.

Bill Begg ONZM

Bill began skating when at 17 years old and competed in Speed, Artistic and Roller Hockey. He has held multiple committee roles for the South Canterbury Roller Skating Club. He’s also been a selector and on the Speed Sports Committee and his influence with the media helps bring coverage & funding to SCRSC and the sport.

In 1974 he was instrumental in getting the Banked Track built in Timaru, and subsequent refurbishments and upgrades in the 2000’s.

His coaching has seen many skaters, win World Titles and World Medals and he continues to be involved at a High-Performance level. 

Vilma Fanthorpe

Vilma came to NZ from the UK in 1960 and has remained an active coach and administrator in the Hawkes Bay area. She has traveled as Coach or Assistant with many NZ teams and also served on the NZ artistic Committee. Vilmas expertise has seen her skaters place well in world Championships with placings of 3rd in Figures in Colombia and 8th in Figures in Italy in 1994.

 

William Hancock

Bill began competing in 1966. He has since skated in many NZ Championships and represented NZ at Australasian and World Championships.

Bill has served on multiple club committees over many years and on the NZ Artistic Committee. He sat his first Judges exam in 1977 and progressed to become an International B Judge and has judged at several Oceania Championships.

Mervyn McNab

Merv began skating competitively in 1955. He has been involved in Artistic, Speed and Roller Hockey. Merv has travelled the world as a Roller Hockey Referee and NZ Team Management and assisted in the organising of the 1987 World Artistic Championships. He remains involved with the Mt Wellington Club as a Trustee and was instrumental in progressing the outdoor Mt Wellington rink to the facility that it is today.

Bill Over

William (Bill) Over

Bill started in the sport as a competitor who excelled in all disciplines. He went on to administration and as a Board Member he set up the NZ Inline Hockey as well as continuing through those years as one a the few NZ based equipment suppliers. Bill maintains an active involvement in the sport.

 Peter Willy

Peter Willy

Peter is a past competitive skater and foundation members of the Tokoroa Club. Peter established and owned the Tokoroa Rink where he continued his passion with coaching and judging. Peter is a CIPA International Judge and continues to be a valued member of the NZ Judging Panel traveling extensively throughout NZ to judge medal tests and competitions.