Strengthening Sport and Community

Bevan Newlands - Chairman

Bevan comes from a background of teaching, with 12 years experience teaching in New Zealand and overseas. With a Bachelor of Education, majoring in Physical Education, Bevan brings enthusiasm and the experience of managing PE departments in various schools to Sport Twizel.


Bevan has a passion for athletics and basketball. He has refereed rugby to senior club level, and was named in the 2013 National 7’s referees squad. With two young boys, Bevan now enjoys getting out and playing sport with them, and is excited to see sport continue to develop in Twizel.

Phil Brophy - Treasurer

​​​​​​​Kate Rogers - Secretary

Kate has lived in Twizel for eight years along with her husband Matt and two boys William and Ben. From day one, she has involved herself in the Twizel community. Kate is very community-minded and enjoys supporting any groups or organisations that she can.  This has lead to her joining Sport Twizel  about two years ago, and now stepping up to take on the secretary role on the Twizel Sports Development Board.


Kate is involved in various capacities in motocross, basketball, rugby, the Twizel triathlon, and the school swimming club.  Kate also recently helped to organise Twizel Football's inaugural futsal competition for adults, and then she moved on to coach five squads in the eight-week long soccer school for kids.  Kate also organises and participates in regular exercise classes.

"I am very passionate and committed  to the Twizel community, I will serve Sport Twizel to my best ability and will be very dedicated. I am looking forward to seeing Sport Twizel grow and hope to be involved in some big projects to assist sport here in Twizel."

Richard Kyd

A pilot for The Helicopter Line, Richard and his family initially arrived at Glentanner in 2008. They then moved into Twizel in January 2013

Richard chose to be involved in Sport Twizel with the aim of helping to improve sporting opportunities and to be a part of sport in the community. With two children under fiver years, he hopes that they will be involved with team sport at a good level. There are fewer sporting opportunities for kids in small remote communities, so making sport available requires a massive commitment from parents.  

Richard has always been enthusiastic towards sport and played competitive hockey for 15 years. He has experience coaching kids (particularly hockey), and feels comfortable being involved in coaching, organising, and participating in community sport activity.  

Smalls goals for the community would be to see improved and new sporting facilities that offer greater opportunities to locals and hopefully attract younger families into the area. 

Thinking bigger, an indoor heated swimming complex would be massive for the Mackenzie Basin.

Tyler Burgess

Bryan Blanchard

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