I was born with a stroke on my right side and joined the Fulton Hogan Basketball League as a player some 13 years ago. I’m thankful for the opportunities, experiences & skills I have learned in the league, some I’ve been able to adopt into my day to day life. I’ve been involved in basketball practically all my life. It’s now time for me to see it through another set of eyes and give others like me the chance to experience sports that I didn’t have until joining this league.
Justin joined the Board in 2014 as a parent Trustee / Treasurer. His professional background is in business and finance.
"Sport is an integral part of life in New Zealand and so it is important that all children are given the opportunity to participate. Kicking a ball or swinging a bat is fun whoever you are, regardless of ability or aptitude. And the Trust uniquely offers a path to sport for all children, benefiting fitness, motor skills, social skills and above all inclusive fun.
I worked as a Registered Nurse with the spinally injured for 18 years, this introduced me to the world of wheelchair basketball & rugby. In addition to meeting some amazing people, supporting at the Paralympics and, presenting research papers at Sydney and Athens were some of the highlights of my career. Managing the NZ U17 Volleyball team for 5 years and working as a Sports Coordinator at Broadgreen Intermediate has allowed me to witness the benefits of team work and the need to provide access to a wide range of sports to suit many levels of interest, fitness, & ability. Through my work at Broadgreen School I came into contact with Heather Walker who encouraged our pupils to participate in the Fulton Hogan Basketball League. My role on the Board of the Inclusive Sports Trust is Health & Safety and to provide support to our Coordinator who does great work. We welcome you to join our Board if you have the interest.
I have played and enjoyed sport for my whole life and aim to ensure that every person has access and is able to experience the inclusiveness of the sport environment as well as the physical and psychological benefits of exercise no matter their ability.
After studying sport and business for the last 5 years I am excited to put my knowledge into action. My goal is to help IST expand and grow. I will be involved in funding and marketing, making IST a recognisable organisation in the community and aim to help provide more activities to more participants all year around.
My professional career has been as a NZ Registered Nurse. Voluntary work is also a very important part of my life. Over the years I have enjoyed being actively involved in a variety of community organisations. My main sporting interest is basketball but I have been a volunteer coach, referee, and administrator in a variety of sports codes for many years.
The development of the Fulton Hogan Basketball League has realised a long term goal. The League reflects the belief that it is the right of all children & adults to be included in sport and valued members of their community. The ongoing success of the League & the consequent development of the Trust and new sports programmes has been made possible by an amazing team of people - the participants, volunteers, supporters, community organisations, and sponsors. The successes and achievements of the participants provides inspiration to continue on the inclusive pathway.