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Sports Chaplaincy leadership hui

The Sports Chaplaincy NZ 2018 hui for board, staff and Regional Leaders was held at the Ramada Resort by Lake Rotorua 9-11 March. Thirty people attended from throughout New Zealand, as well as Germany and Scotland.

 

Leadership transition

The hui was especially memorable as it marked the formal transition in leadership from Ross Georgiou, now living in Germany, to Phil Pawley. During the weekend, attendees paid tribute to Ross for his years of service to sport in New Zealand and around the world. Ross played a big role in establishing Sports Chaplaincy NZ. He is continuing to serve on the Sports Chaplaincy NZ board and also to develop Sports Chaplaincy internationally.

 

Photo of outgoing CEO Ross Georgiou being farewelled at Sports Chaplaincy NZ 2018 hui.

An emotional farewell for outgoing CEO Ross Georgiou at the Sports Chaplaincy NZ 2018 hui.

 

Photo of outgoing CEO Ross Georgiou addressing the Sports Chaplaincy NZ 2018 hui.

Outgoing CEO Ross Georgiou addresses the Sports Chaplaincy NZ 2018 hui.

 

Photo of new CEO Phil Pawley, and wife Diane, being prayed for at Sports Chaplaincy NZ 2018 hui.

New CEO Phil Pawley, and wife Diane, receive prayer.

 

Photo of new CEO Phil Pawley wearing korowai at Sports Chaplaincy NZ 2018 hui.

New CEO Phil Pawley addresses the Sports Chaplaincy NZ 2018 hui, wearing a korowai gifted to him from Morrinsville Baptist Church, where he was previously senior pastor.

 

Photo of Ross Georgiou commissioning Phil Pawley as Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand CEO at Sports Chaplaincy NZ 2018 hui.

Ross Georgiou commissions Phil Pawley as Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand CEO.

 

Volunteer Awards

A further highlight of the hui was the presentation of awards to Sports Chaplains Grant Harris (New Zealand Breakers) and Shane Auld (Southland Sharks), and volunteers Sue Morris and Kevin Prewett.

 

Photo of board member Andrew Kerr presenting Sue Morris with her award at Sports Chaplaincy NZ 2018 hui.

Board member Andrew Kerr presents Sue Morris with her award.

 

Photo of Kevin Prewett being presented with his award by board member Mel Atkins at Sports Chaplaincy NZ 2018 hui.

Kevin Prewett is presented with his award by board member Mel Atkins.

 

Photo of basketball chaplains Shane Auld and Grant Harris with their awards at Sports Chaplaincy NZ 2018 hui.

Basketball chaplains Shane Auld and Grant Harris with their awards.

 

International guests at Sports Chaplaincy NZ 2018 hui

Neil and Dorothy Urquhart of Sports Chaplaincy UK were guests at the hui. Neil spoke about his role in developing Sports Chaplaincy in Scotland. Following the hui Neil and Ross Georgiou travelled to the Gold Coast to serve as chaplains at the Commonwealth Games.

 

Photo of Neil Urquhart addressing the Sports Chaplaincy 2018 hui.

Neil Urquhart addresses the hui.

 

Author Info

Rebecca Hawkins

Rebecca is the Communications and IT Manager for Sports Chaplaincy NZ. In her younger days she played cricket and football with great enthusiasm but very little skill. Now she spends a lot of time supporting her four sons in their sport. She especially loves scoring their cricket matches, which she insists on doing the old fashioned way, with pen and paper.

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