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Introducing the Board

The current board of Olympia has a wide range of skills and expertise and runs the club in a highly professional manner.   

Members are welcome to attend Board meetings between 5.30pm-6.00pm, which is the open meeting timeslot. To ensure the Board can prepare for any agenda items, please email manager@olympia.org.nz with any item you wish to have placed on the agenda at least five days prior to the Board meeting.  Any item raised for discussion that has not been placed on the Agenda will be placed on the following month's agenda. With thanks.

The following are the remaining Board meeting dates for 2016

6 April, 4 May, 1 June, 6 July and 3 August

(If a Board meeting is to be postponed due to Board member absence you will be notified at the time that you register your item for the Agenda of the change of plans).

The expertise of individual board members are detailed below:

Richard Green – Marketing and Chairperson
Richard's gymnastics achievements are numerous, including New Zealand National titles in MAG and Australian Universities Championship titles in MAG. He has also coached MAG and WAG up to elite level and judged MAG at National level in Australia. He was on the Canterbury Gymnastics Association and Canterbury Trampolining committees (which have now been disbanded).
Richard holds a PhD in computer science, in which he developed a software system which can be applied to assist gymnastics coaching and judging, and has lectured in biomechanics at the University of Sydney. He is currently an academic in the Computer Science Department at Canterbury University.

Vicki Cowley – International
Vicki Cowley comes to the Olympia board into the International Portfolio having been involved for over 10 years in the club as a parent of an international athlete, RG  judge and former RG code committee member. Vicki has a background in education having worked for the University of Canterbury in teacher education for over 20 years before moving on to GymSports NZ as a senior relationship manager for the South Island. Currently Vicki works at Sport Canterbury as the Community Sport Manager and is a member of the RG Sport Development Committee.

Andy Worrill - Finance
Andy has an extensive background in Chartered Accountancy. Financial modeling of proposed business opportunities, optimizing business structures and taxation matters are particular interests and strengths that Andy has. He has also advised Charitable and Non Profit Organizations in accounting matters, and is Secretary of a Statutory Research Trust.

Dave Tippett - Strategic Planning
Dave’s sporting background is in Volleyball as a player and coach.  Dave has played at club level and coached at secondary school level including the South Island Secondary School Boys representative team that competed against the North Island, Queensland and New South Wales.  Other sporting interests as a participant include football, golf, mountain biking and running.  Dave has been employed in the sport and recreation industry since 1999 and over that time has managed and run hundreds of events ranging from local community to national sporting events.  During this time he has also worked with schools, clubs, councils and community organisations assisting them with events, funding, sponsorship, volunteer management, governance, partnerships and the development and review of strategic planning.  He is currently employed with the Selwyn District Council as their Recreation Advisor. Dave has a real passion for sport and recreation and believes in the importance and benefits it has for individuals and the wider community, especially our young New Zealanders.

Jules Wilke - Human Resources
Jules practised as a physiotherapist for 14 years in both private and public health and operated a private physiotherapy practise for 11 years, employing four staff. After selling the practise she joined her husband as a director of their tourism marketing company, employing seven staff and managing digital online marketing and social media, print, distribution, website and online reservation system development. Jules currently manages the Active Kids programmes at Sport Canterbury and brings a sound working knowledge of policy around Health and Safety, Child Protection, and HR. She joined Sport Canterbury two and a half years ago as part of the physical activity team working in Green Prescription.  Health fitness and wellbeing is important to Jules. A keen swimmer, she challenges herself and her children to partake in the annual ocean swim series. 


Olympia Gymnastic Sports has developed five key strategic objectives/themes that lead towards;

"Providing gymnastic and sport related programmes and facilities that develop and grow community participation, supporting pathways to achievement at all levels"

The Strategic Objectives are;

  • Value, Develop and Celebrate our Gymnasts, Coaches, Administrators and Volunteers
  • Participating and Competing at the Highest Level Possible
  • Providing Pathways across and within all Gymnastic codes (GymSports)
  • World Class Gymnastic Facilities
  • Financially Independant & Efficient Operations
Careful consideration has ensured these objectives align with Olympia's strategic partners at a National and Regional level.

 Financially Independant & Efficient OperationsStimulate Participation & Develop a Sustainable & Efficient Organisation 
 Participating and Competing at the Highest Level Possible Develop Performance Excellence
 Providing Pathways across and within all Gymnastic codes Strengthen the Gymsports Community

 World Class Gymnastic Facilities Provide facilities for sport participation in all geographical areas of Christchurch

 Participating and Competing at the Highest Level Possible Increasing participation amongst young people across Canterbury