Meet the SNZ Team

 
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Tony Giles

Chief Executive Officer

Tony Giles joined Softball New Zealand in November 2013. Prior to joining the softball family Tony was General Manager for Pub Charity, one of New Zealand’s largest charitable trusts.

Tony had a strong sporting profile in his youth competing nationally in swimming and surf lifesaving before embarking on a rugby career that included 10 years in Europe.
Tony completed his tertiary education at Wellingtons Victoria University.


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Darren Smith

High Performance Director
Email: Darren

I began with Softball New Zealand as High Performance Director in September 2015 after a career in hockey. It is fantastic to be back working within a sport that I played with my mates as a youth growing up in Dunedin.
 
My most recent role has been as Head Coach for the Ireland Women’s Hockey team based in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to that I was with the Black Sticks men as their Assistant Coach over the Beijing and London Olympic cycles. Coaching and playing has seen experience in 4 Olympic, 4 Commonwealth and 5 World Championship campaigns over 20 years of international hockey. I have a love of sport and especially New Zealand winning on the world stage.

I’m looking forward to learning more about the intricacies of softball, understanding our high performance programs, working with our coaches and supporting our sport toward performance. See you at the park soon.

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Chris Gates

Administration Manager
Email: Chris
Phone: (04) 5600 391

Proudly North Harbour born and bred my sporting passions have brought me to the capital. I have been employed in financial management roles for over 20 years with the last 13 years in the sporting industry (with rugby and then Softball NZ since 2004) and previously in the shipping industry. I absolutely love the game of softball having played since I was a child and have also recently been involved in junior coaching. It is a privilege to work for Softball NZ and be able to combine my sporting passion with my business profession, hopefully to the benefit of all the wonderful people involved in our game.

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Glen Roff

Softball Manager
Email: Glen
Phone: (04) 5600 389

Playing T-ball for Panthers (Invercargill) as a 4 year old was where it all started for me. Since then Softball has played a significant part of my life.

Highlights of my playing career vary from two time National Club Champion with Christchurch United Devils, gold medal at the Under 19 World Series in 1989 to playing for the Black Sox in 1991. After I retired from playing and still passionate about the game I ventured into the world of coaching. Seven seasons in Europe has played a considerable part in my coach development. Off seasons in Denmark (1), Italy (2) and the Netherlands (4) has been life changing and allowed me to see Softball in a different light gaining invaluable experience along the way. Highlights of my coaching career include coaching the Danish Men's team at the 2000 World Series, Great Britain at the 2004 World Series and winning the Italian Cup with Forli in 2006.

I've been employed with Softball NZ since 2003 working in Invercargill, Christchurch and Wellington as a Regional Coaching Coordinator before  accepting a role as SNZ Business Development Manager. My current role under the recent restructure is Softball Manager entails game development and the coaching program.

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Eugene Gilbert

Events & National Teams Manager 
Email: Eugene
Phone: (04) 56000 392 (021) 537 079

Hello all, I have been associated with softball for many years, playing, coaching, umpiring, and lately in the administrative side of the game. I absolutely love the game along with the many other tireless volunteers who make the game of softball function in New Zealand.

I have worked in retail for a number of years, been a Business Analyst and Project Manager for the University of Waikato, and have extensive experience in the area of Market Research. Previously I have been on the Waikato Softball Association Board for a number of years primarily responsible for the senior competition, senior umpiring, and website content management.

I am grateful for the opportunity to work for the game I love, and I am responsible at SNZ for organising and running the National Tournaments, and looking after the logistical side of all the National teams. All I can say is I'm here to serve...

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Naomi Shaw
Softball Officer
Email: Naomi
Phone: (04) 5600 395

I have been involved in softball for as long as I can remember. Like many of you my Whanau were involved in the club and from there my parents, sisters, nephews, nieces, my kids and now my mokopuna have been entrenched in softball in some shape or form. Softball is such a great family game that it is natural that many of us continue to be involved to this day.

I have played representative softball for Hutt Valley at all levels and won many national titles both as a player and a coach. I remember the many coaches, managers, administrators & players who helped me develop my softball skills and shaped me as an individual. When my playing time was up, there was no doubt that I would continue to be involved in softball as a way of putting something back into the sport I loved.
Being captain of the only NZ Women’s team (1982) to win a world title was an undoubted highlight. I am equally proud that my daughter Kiri has achieved national representation and now we all support and encourage her children to greater heights through the player pathways.  

I am in the enviable position of holding an employment position with SNZ as well as being coach of the NZ White Sox Team. I love both roles and enjoy the camaraderie that comes with dealing with like minded passionate softball people.
 
In my free time, I love to go camping fishing and diving for kaimoana with my partner Matt. Photography is another little hobby I enjoy.
 
Feel free to call me at anytime to talk softball on 04 560 0395 or naomi@softball.org.nz.

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Stefanie Trutanic

Regional Development Officer (contract)
Email: Stefanie
Phone: 0220445987

Softball has been my life since I was 5, and I still can’t get enough of it.  Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, it was easy to play ball year round.  Before I got into high school I was playing 3 sports throughout the year- basketball, soccer, and softball.  It didn’t take long for me to realize softball was my favourite.  I quickly got involved with the Mizuno Pride travel team where we played competitively all over the USA since the age of 11.  I also represented Torrance High School, where I received several awards and honours including All-area player, Scholar Athlete, League MVP, etc.  I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to play Division 1 Softball at California State University Long Beach as a Catcher and middle infielder. 
 
Once college softball was over I was still finishing my university studies with a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative World Literature, Classics.  I then started giving back to the game by coaching Junior Varsity at my old high school team along with coaching at University clinics, private lessons, and group lessons.  I even started my own Women’s adult Fastpitch Softball league, which is the only 18 & over league in Los Angeles and is still running after 5 successful years.
 
I’ve been living in New Zealand for over 3 years now, playing for Otahuhu Premier Women as a Catcher/Short Stop and coaching junior age grades including Auckland U17 Girls Representatives.  I Initially starting as a Personal Trainer at Configure Express then transitioned working for Auckland Softball Association as Development Officer.  Now that I am Regional Development Officer for SNZ, I look forward to sharing my knowledge and previous experiences to enhance development for the Northern Regions.  I’m thankful that my job allows me to give back to the sport I’m so passionate for.
 
I look forward to see you on the diamond this season.

 

SOFTBALL NEW ZEALAND BOARD MEMBERS

  Nicky Sherriff- President

I currently work at Sport Wellington, managing the development of a regional sport and active recreation strategy, after working for 19 years at Sport NZ in a variety of roles. I was previously a secondary school teacher and have worked in sport administration overseas. Having had a bit of a break from softball after serving on Softball New Zealand’s Board for 12 years I am excited to be back and looking forward to once again being fully involved in the game.

Hooper Michael Hooper - Chairman

"Mike has had a long association with high performance sport both here in New Zealand and internationally. He was CEO/Secretary General of the New Zealand Olympic Committee from 1991 through 2000 when following the completion of the Sydney Olympic Games he moved to the United Kingdom to become the Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Games Federation, a position he held for 14 years. Mike stepped down from that role following the very successful delivery of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and retired back to New Zealand.
 
Mike admits to having no particular sporting prowess however upon his return to New Zealand he was keen to continue his association with sport, this time contributing as a volunteer and in September 2015 he was appointed to the Board of Softball New Zealand."

 

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Aran Bailey - Board Member 

Aran is a Tax Manager for Deloitte in Dunedin providing specialist tax advice to wide range of clients including local authorities and the charitable and not for profit sectors.  Aran is a Chartered Accountant as well as being admitted to the bar as barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

Aran has been involved in most aspects of softball for over 20 years.  An age grade and senior representative player, he is now coach of the Otago Men’s team for the last 10 years.  He has been president of Dodgers and is a longstanding Executive Member, and current Chairperson, for the Otago Association.

Outside of Softball, Aran’s interests include rugby (as a spectator these days) and photography.  He is married to Carla and they have a son who is a softball fan.

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Raewyn is currently the Clubs Manager at the University of Victoria in Wellington. Prior to this appointment she was the General Manager of Netball Wellington Region. Raewyn has a degree in History and  a Journalism diploma and has also worked in the private sector for Dominion Post, Construction & Building magazine and Mana Maori media as a sports journalist.   

Raewyn is also an experienced sports administrator with more than a 15 year of experience at the highest level of netball,  softball and tertiary level. She is a member of the Sport NZ women governance programme.

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Trafford currently works as the CEO at Capital & Wellington Hockey Association.

He has extensive experience in the sport and recreation sector, having worked in roles at Auckland Cricket, Sport Auckland and Sport New Zealand and for the past 2.5 years in a voluntary capacity as a Board Director at Athletics Wellington. Trafford has completed three international sport sector practicums (England, Scotland and Wales) and holds a Degree in Sport Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.

  Rhys Casley- Board Member

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I have been involved with the game of softball since I was 10 years old and have been fortunate to play the game and coach at all levels both at home and overseas. 

I have also had other roles within NZ sport which has enabled me to expand my knowledge and experience particularly in the areas of high performance and sport administration at both government and regional levels.
 
Currently I am employed in Human Resources at the national office for the Southern Cross Hospital network. I enjoy Softball's wonderful community and the great people I have met over the years and welcome the opportunity to continue to contribute to our fantastic sport.

berad Claire Beard - Board Member