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.
I believe in physical, developmental, psychological and social benefits of sports for all, so joining Inclusive Sport Trust as a Trustee Member allows me to serve the disabled community in a meaningful way.
My background is education, post-school transition programme startup and individualised future planning for people with disabilities. I am passionate about, and experienced in person-centered planning, equity and inclusion and operate a business practice to achieve this with families and organisations for a better future for people with disabilities. I moved to the beautiful Nelson Tasman area in 2020 to call New Zealand home, after living and working in Hong Kong and Singapore.
I joined the board in July 2023. I was born and raised in Nelson and have lived here for most of my life. I have also lived in Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, London and Japan. I have worked as a primary school teacher for the past 22 years. While teaching I became a SenCo (Special Needs Coordinator) which sparked my interest and passion in inclusive education. I began a new job as a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour at the beginning of 2023 and I am now undertaking a post graduate certificate in Specialised Teaching through Massey University part-time. My niece is neurodiverse and I have witnessed the joy that being involved in organised sport gives to her, as well as her being part of a positive and supportive community.
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 roles on the Board of the Inclusive Sports Trust are Chairperson and Health & Safety Representative and to provide support to our Coordinator who does great work. We welcome you to join our Board if you have the interest.
Sport Coordinator - Julie Price
I have a background in teaching and lecturing Physical Education and Sports Studies in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand, a career that spanned 24 years. During this time, I had the pleasure to support the development of students in many different sectors including; special, secondary and tertiary education establishments. I was also a Community Sport Advisor for a Regional Sports Organisation in New Zealand for 10 years, where I helped to support the development of many sports coaches across a number of different sports. Whilst in this role, I was also able to assist local and regional sports organisations to achieve best practice and, during this time, I met some amazing people with a community focus that I could really identify with.
I was appointed to the role of Inclusive Sport Trust Coordinator in July 2020, a role which I thoroughly enjoy as it provides me with the opportunity to combine my passions for teaching, coaching and sport development. I love the challenges and diversity that the role provides and I continue to enjoy seeing our participants thrive in the physical activity and sports environments. I am, however, very aware that I could not do the job without the support of an amazing group of dedicated volunteers who unselfishly give up their time to be Board members, coaches, team managers, match officials and gear custodians, amongst many other roles. Thank-you to all those who support me, the Inclusive Sport Trust and our participants…you do an outstanding job!
Board Advisor - Heather Walker
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, the Sport Coordinator, supporters, community organisations, and sponsors. The successes and achievements of the participants provides inspiration to continue on the inclusive pathway.