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Sport BOP - New Trustees Appointed

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sport BOP - New Trustees Appointed

New Trustees appointed to Sport Bay of Plenty Board

2013 brings two new trustees to the Sport Bay of Plenty Board to assist in progressing physical activity and healthy lifestyles with a goal of improved health and wellbeing in the Bay of Plenty.

Rotorua based commercial lawyer Mark Copeland and Tauranga based Jo Tisch join the current six members after the terms of Gill Gemming and Craig Corbett came to an end last year. 

Sport Bay of Plenty CEO Wayne Werder comments, “Both Gill and Craig made considerable contributions to the board and we are thankful for the time and commitment they gave. We are very pleased to welcome Jo and Mark who both have a strong understanding of the sport and recreation sector, through participation and governance.” 

Mark Copeland is passionate about involvement in sport and recreation for every New Zealander. “Sport Bay of Plenty provides a wide range of opportunities and incentives for those in this Region to participate in sports-related activities for their physical and emotional benefit, and I am a great advocate of this” says Mark.

With an extensive sporting competition and governance background, and a special interest in disability sports through his role as chairman and president of Paralympics NZ, Mark is looking forward to contributing to Sport Bay of Plenty to ensure that all Kiwis remain as physically active and involved as is possible.

Jo Tisch is actively involved in a variety of sports, including representing NZ in the Long Distance Triathlon World Championship Age Group team and she is motivated her to use her governance experience and skills as a lawyer to contribute to the Sport BOP Board. “I have seen the positive difference that having a healthy lifestyle has had on my own family, friends and community and I’m looking forward to working with Sport Bay of Plenty to encourage everyone to be more active more often”

Jo has three teenage children who all participate in sport and exercise along with her husband who is a cardiologist, so as a family they are all well aware of the health benefits of an active lifestyle. Jo recently won her age group in the Port of Tauranga Half held in January.

Sport Bay of Plenty has been a charitable organisation for 25 years with a mandate to get more people, more active, more often. The role of the Trustees is to undertake a governance role in assisting the Charitable Organisation in the many and varied requirements to fulfil its mandate.

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