Adaptive Snow Sports Committee Election Candidates

Adam Hall

 Short biography outlining your interest and experience in Adaptive Snow Sports

A member for almost 25 years and athlete of the New Zealand Adaptive Ski Team for 15 years. Representing New Zealand across 4 Winter Paralympic games, 5 world champions ships and 14 years on the world cup circuit. My Experience and interest with in Adaptive Snowsports NZ is from a majority from a high performance perspective but also from a development and growth/grass roots perspective. We have all started our journeys somewhere including myself. I personally was introduced to our sport through my Local provincial branch at the time almost 25 years ago.  I had a stint of snowboarding also for a period of 10 years. My mission is to continue to inspire others with disabilities in our communities to get into snowsports and give it a go and be an example of a pathway to follow a dream. If we can find the next champions of our sport that is the ultimate.

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

I believe bringing a lifetime of experience and skills as an athlete who has gone through the system from grass roots to high performance is advantageous to moving forward in our area of sport. There has been great progress and interest over the last 2 years. By continuing to grow the interest of our sport moving forward I would love to continue to be involved in building the momentum moving forward to encourage as many people with in our communities with disabilities what is possible. Building on ideas to continue to build on and inspire others to work on a dream. Passing on Expertise and knowledge of some of the best Disabled programs in the world and facilities. Pass on my knowledge/skills and expertise I have gained as a lifetime athlete onto others in position that I was once in. Growing our adaptive festival and national awareness of what we do is crucial in breaking down barriers to showing what we do is accessible and ultimately fun.

 

Wayne Crean

Short biography outlining your interest and experience in Adaptive Snow Sports

I have been involved with adaptive sports for nearly a decade with my son Josh Crean competing in swimming, shooting and most recently skiing. Josh is now a pathway to podium athlete with Adaptive Snow Sports New Zealand and I follow and support Josh closely with this his passion. I have also followed James Littlejohn, my brother in law, for some years during his involvement with adaptive snow sports.

I attended the Adaptive Snow Sports Festival in 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and seeing everyone give it a go at Cardrona. In 2018 our family visited Winter Park, Colorado to see Josh who was training and racing with the development team. These were wonderful experiences and gave me the idea of getting more involved and contributing - hence my interest in joining this committee.

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

Leadership and organisation skills from 20 years of senior management roles including strategic planning and financial management.

Governance experience from prior directorships including chairman of a not-for-profit. Member of Institute of Directors.

An intermediate to advanced skier, familiar with many of the ski fields in New Zealand and surrounding venues. Have assisted as gate marshal at North Island secondary school championships.

Project management and event planning skills.

Selection and recruitment of staff, coaching and mentoring. 

Experience with committees, teachers, coaches, parents, students from involvement with school sports and cultural activities including netball, rowing, basketball, skiing and music.