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New appointment at Sport Waikato

New appointment to action the Waikato Regional Sport Facility Plan

The Waikato Regional Sport Facility Plan released in June 2014 is a holistic plan with a decision making framework to improve sporting facilities in our region. The plan is a collaborative effort involving Sport New Zealand, the Waikato Mayoral Forum and Sport Waikato. The report provides evidence based, independent advice on improving existing and building new sport and recreation facilities for our communities at national, regional and sub-regional level. Sport Waikato is pleased to announce that we have appointed Michelle Hollands to the role of Regional Facilities Advisor, who will be putting the plan into action.

“As a recent arrival to the Waikato region, I am impressed by the vision for sport in the area and believe that I can make a significant impact and add value to opportunities that exist” says Hollands.

Michelle comes to Sport Waikato with an MBA, a vast experience as a business advisor and strategic business consultant, and a career as an Olympic level Hockey player in the New Zealand Women’s Hockey Team.

“This new role is an exciting step forward for Sport Waikato, and will ensure that all the hard work put into the development of the facilities plan is put into action” says Sport Waikato chief executive Matthew Cooper.

“The Regional Facilities Advisor will be an essential liaison between Sport Waikato and all our key stakeholders such as district and our city councils, our funders, government agencies, and Sport New Zealand. We are extremely lucky to have found Michelle who is both a strategic business person, and passionate about sport.”

Michelle starts her new role in October, and Sport Waikato alongside the other partners is excited to utilise her skills and enthusiasm to progress the Waikato Regional Facility Plan to the next stage.


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