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Guest speakers at the BOP Sport Forum

Friday, May 31, 2019

We've got an exciting line-up of leading sports professionals at the BOP Sport Forum on June 23 to discuss ways to support women and girls in sport. Find out who's speaking and who's on the Q+A panel.

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Jacinta Horan

High Performance Sports Physiotherapist


Jacinta Horan - high performance sports physiotherapist

After working as a sports physiotherapist overseas with Irish Athletics and the Portuguese Men's Sevens, Jacinta Horan settled in Tauranga with her family where she is now the Director and Lead Sports Physiotherapist at Bureta Physiotherapy, Otumoetai.

Jacinta has spent the last 11 years in high performance sport in New Zealand, primarily with the Women’s Sevens and 15s as well as NZ Junior Athletics, surf lifesaving and waterpolo. She is enjoying her time working with the Bay of Plenty sporting community as well as her upcoming high performance sport roles at the World University Games and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

She is also excited about her role with WHISPA (Womens' Health in Sport - a Performance Advantage). This is a high performance multidisciplinary working group under High Performance Sport New Zealand that is focused on how to maximise performance in the development of elite female athletes.

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Cory Sweeney

Black Ferns Sevens Assistant Coach

(Q+A panellist)

Cory Sweeney - Black Ferns Sevens assistant coach

Cory Sweeney is a assistant coach of the Black Ferns Sevens. Cory will be joining us on the Q+A panel and will no doubt have some unique insights into how to foster a great environment for female athletes.

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Mariane Wray



Mariane Wray - psychologist

Mariane Wray completed training in industrial & organisational psychology and has been a registered psychologist since 2001. As a military psychologist with the Royal New Zealand Navy, Mariane has a diverse and varied background and range of experiences, including specialisation in performance coaching and mentoring and mental skills development

Mariane is also a Certified Personal Trainer (American Council of Exercise), Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Youth Fitness Specialist, and has experience working with both adults and children. Mariane will be providing a valuable insight at the forum into the science of the mind in sporting contexts.

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Kelly Hudson

International Hockey Official

(Q+A panellist)

Kelly Hudson - international hockey official

Kelly is an international hockey umpire who was selected to officiate at the semi-final of the 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup, and the final of the Asia Games in Jakarta. Kelly was also named female umpire of the tournament at the 2018 National Hockey League competition. Kelly will be joining Cory Sweeney and Belinda Muller on the Q+A panel to discuss her sporting career and rise to the top.

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Belinda Muller

Black Ferns Sevens Development Manager

(speaker & Q+A panellist)

Belinda Muller - Black Ferns Sevens development manager

Belinda Muller has a wealth of experience as a team manager. From 2008 to 2014, Belinda was the team manager for Magic Netball and part of the team when they won the ANZ Championship in 2012. In 2018, Belinda was appointed the Black Ferns Sevens development team manager and the Bay of Plenty Women's Sevens team manager. Last year, Belinda was a team manager for a tournament winning Red Bull Ignite Inferno team. Belinda will be a Q+A panellist as well as a guest speaker at the forum, and will be providing valuable insight into how to support female athlete wellbeing.

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Trudi Kemp

Netball WaiBOP Officer


Trudi Kemp - Community Coaching Advisor

Trudi has been involved in netball since 1987. She began coaching at school level in 2007 and has coached netball, hockey, beach volleyball and athletics. In 2012 Trudi was appointed assistant coach for the UK National Netball Club.

Her key roles more recently have been as a junior development officer and current coach development officer with Waikato/Bay of Plenty netball. She has also worked alongside current Silver Ferns assistant coach Deb Fuller in the development of Level 2 players aspiring to the Beko league. Trudi will be a guest speaker at the forum where she will offer important insights into coaching and coach development.


The BOP Sport Forum is on Sunday 23 June, 9am to 3pm at Trustpower Arena, Tauranga.

Hosted by Sport Bay of Plenty and Bureta Physiotherapy, the forum is an opportunity for coaches, athletes, officials, team managers and parents to learn how the top teams and coaches create a positive sporting environment that helps women and girls succeed.

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