Life Members


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.


Val Bedford

Val began skating at 12 years old, she was a founding members of the New Plymouth Roller Skating Club & attended the first ARSANZ NZ Championships in 1955.

She was the New Plymouth secretary from 1957 until 1960 and from 1964 to 1997 and remains on the club committee. She was involved in club coaching and Learn to Skate classes for over 20 years.  

Val held both the West Central Region and Central Area Secretary roles for over 10 years and became an artistic judge for figures and dance before taking on the role of Trophy Steward in 2005. She continued in the Trophy Steward role until 2021.

While her children were involved in speed skating Val also held a Speed Official qualification.

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. 

Pearl Best

Pearl became involved when her children started skating in the 1980’s. She joined the club committee, then the Waikato / BOP Regional Committee and took on the Secretary/Treasurer role, which she holds 40 years later. 

When Area Championships were first introduced, Pearl was appointed as Secretary for the Northern Area, and continues in this role. Hoping to advise the newer generations on requirements as they take on these roles. 

Roger Boulcott

Roger’s involvement started when his daughters took up artistic skating in the 1980’s and he became a speed and artistic announcer in the 1990’s. He was appointed to the Artistic Chief Announcer role in 2008 and continues to officiate for both disciplines, attending competitions around the country from local to international level.

In 1998 Roger was elected to the NZFRS Board. He held the roles of Board Member, 1st Vice President, President and Secretary from 1998 through to 2020. He did don skates in the 2000’s and competed in the Masters grades up to Oceania level.  

Under Roger’s stewardship the NZFRS forged great relationships with World Skate, SportNZ and the New Zealand Olympic Committee and he was the Chef de Mission for the 2017 & 2019 World Roller Games teams.

 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.


Barbara Colville

Barbara began skating in the 60’s. During her time in the sport, she has been a skater, speed and artistic official, holding positions on regional, area and Speed Sports committees and on the NZFRS Board, including 6 years as President. She currently holds the Funding Officer position for the Board.

Barbara was an International Artistic Judge, officiating in many NZ and Oceania Artistic Championships and two World Championships.  She is still judging artistic events at a local level, as well as holding a Speed Referee commission and attending many events each year, including the NZ Speed 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.


Leigh Duske

Leigh began skating at 9 years old and gained her Junior Judges Commission at 15. She judges her first NZ Championships in 1977 and became an International A Judge in 1990. She has judged at local, Regional, Area, National, Australian and Oceania level and at 6 World Championships. She was appointed Chief Referee in 1994 and still holds this role. 

She held the role of Secretary of the Judges for 5 years, then it became the Officials Convenor for the Artistic Committee, which she held for another 20 years. She is heavily involved in training new judges, writing and marking exams and running seminars. 

Leigh has recently been appointed to the World Skate Oceania Artistic Technical Committee and is advising the Academy of Officials.  


 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.

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.


Dr Judith Lowes QSM

Judith’s family started skating in 1985, she started calculating in the 1990’s and achieved her International commission in 2004, as her children were finishing with skating. She has calculated at local, Regional, Area and National level for 30+ years. 

She took on the Chief Calculator role and was instrumental for training many of the Data Entry Operators in the new Rollart system, being one of the first to gain her Level 1 DEO accreditation. She was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in 2021 for her services to women and skating.  

Clare Magnusson

Clare began skating at the Deluxe Rink in Auckland in 1954 and she represented New Zealand in Australian competitions, winning Senior Figures in 1964.

She began coaching from 1964, from grassroots through to international level, and attended the World Championships as Team Coach in 1982. She still involved in coaching figures at the Mt Wellington Club and as the Mt Wellington Artistic Treasurer since 2000.

After starting her scoring qualification in 1986, she obtained her international commission in 1987 and became New Zealand’s Chief Scorer until 2008, calculating at many local, area, national and international competitions, including the World Championships in Pensacola in 1988.

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 artistic skating and attended his first NZ championships in 1956. He competed in speed and hockey championship events from 1959 and attended multiple World Championships and won the 1962 World Congress 5 mile event in Australia. 

Following his competitive years Bill attended multiple World Championships as the NZ Team Coach or Manager.

He also held many administration roles, as a NZ Roller Skating Association executive in the 60’s and later became Vice President of the NZ Federation of Roller Skating  after the amalgamation of the two NZ Associations. He also assisted in the organising of the 1987 World Championships held in Auckland and set up NZ Inline Hockey as well as being one of the few NZ based equipment suppliers. Bill maintains an active involvement in the sport as a trustee of the Mt Wellington Roller Sports Club.

 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.