Adaptive Snow Sports Committee Election Candidates

Alice Ruddenklau-Wells/  Sam Colby / Gemma Fletcher

Alice Ruddenklau-Wells

Short biography outlining your interest and experience in Adaptive Snow Sports

I have been on the Adaptive Committee since 2013 and enjoy working behind the scenes supporting the sport.

 

Prior, I volunteered with the local Disabled Snowsports branch, as a volunteer ‘ski buddy’ (Wellington and latterly Canterbury) in 2001, 2002, 2010 and 2011.

 

I also participated in the Committee of the Wellington Disabled Snowsports branch in 2001/2002 before leaving to work overseas for 6 years.

 

 

What skills and expertise do you believe you can bring to the Adaptive Committee?

I have a broad range of skills to offer to the Adaptive Sports Committee – both through my legal background and also the wide range of other (also mainly voluntary) roles that I have undertaken.

 

As a lawyer – for 17 years now - I am not afraid to ask the hard questions, or to be the lone or unpopular voice when required, while being fair, impartial and reasoned.

 

I have also undertaken a wide range of training outside of my legal career that would be transferrable to the Adaptive Sports Committee – an Outward Bound ‘compact’ course, previous life as a ski instructor, Camp Quality for 9 years and been a Raleigh International Project Manager (Borneo).

 

My broader experience means that I have worked in or led many different teams in a variety of contexts and can relate to people at all levels of an organisation – I have worked across a number of different socio-economic and cultural groups as well as people of various ages and of different physical, health and intellectual abilities.

 

I thoroughly enjoy my time on the snow with the local Disabled Snowsports Group – and also love working off snow for Adaptive Snowsports in a committee/strategic role and hope to continue doing so for another term.

 

 

Sam Colby

Short biography outlining your interest and experience in Adaptive Snow Sports
I have a deep passion for adaptive sports, access for all and in particularlly Adaptive Snow Sports. I
have been involved with Adaptive Snow Sports in Europe, Canada and NZ for many years now and
really enjoy helping people progress with their skiing and development.

What skills and expertise do you believe you can bring to the Adaptive Committee?
Having worked with Adaptive Snow Sports in Europe, Canada and in NZ as the Adaptive Coordinator
at Cardrona Alpine Resort and as a current member of the committee l feel l have many skills and
experiecnes that l can continue to contribute toward helping the grothw and development the sport
for the future.

Gemma Fletcher

Short biography outlining your interest and experience in Adaptive Snow Sports

I started skiing in a Mono-ski as a Teenager in the 90’s and have trained and skied at Mt Ruapehu on Whakapapa and Turoa slopes, Mt Hutt, Snow Park (when it was open) and Cardrona at the High-Performance Centre and Winter Games. I love the sport and would love to help get others up on the mountain to experience the thrill of skiing.

What skills and expertise do you believe you can bring to the Adaptive Committee?

I haven’t been on this committee before so will bring a fresh view.

I have experience working with promoting sports. I have helped with the organisation and running of open days, representing my sport at events and shows, writing articles for local newsletters about programmes being run, working with children and teenagers and getting them into the sport.

I was a High-Performance athlete for sailing and competed nationally and internationally at numerous regattas from January 2013 – December 2015 and qualified the country in my sailing class for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. While training, I also co-organised and ran fundraising campaigns and promotions, we raised over $100,000 in two years, and was a representative for Paralympics NZ and the Spirit of Gold Campaign.