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McARTHUR RIDGE RUN THE RIDGE

EVENT MANAGEMENT TEAM

(a little bit about us)

Camille O'Connor

I was born in Clyde and grew up in Alexandra attending Dunstan High school before leaving for Dunedin to study for my Bachelor of Physical Education.

For the past 20 years I have worked in the Fitness Industry from running my own PT Business in Christchurch to Programme Manager of the Certificate in Personal Training at the Sports Institute of Otago, Fitness Trainer for the Otago Volts and Sparks, A Board member of Netball Otago for 4 years, Working for New Zealand Institute of Health and Fitness assessing and coaching Personal Trainers, Current Director/Owner of Active Mums NZ and also setting up and managing Pulse Fitness Alexandra from 2013-2017.

 

I am currently working for Perspective Personal Solutions (a company owned by my husband and I) as a Health, Fitness and Wellness Coach. Perspective are also a major sponsor of the Run the Vines event.

 

I am also a contractor to the New Zealand Institute of Health and Fitness as an Outreach Coach and Assessor for their Personal Training programme and a Workshop presenter in Pre and Post Pregnancy exercise. 

Being involved in community activities is also important to me - I have been a netball coach for the last 4 years and a current member of the Central Otago Netball Committee.

 

My sporting background includes playing semi-professional netball representing Otago Rebels, Southern Sting, Canterbury Tactixs and captaining Otago NPC team.  I have a strong interest in Multisport and cycling and have competed in the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, Goldrush Multisport 3-day event, Wanaka ½ Challenge and Naseby 12 hour to name a few.

 

My husband and I returned to Central Otago in 2003 and are passionate about this area and the things it offers not only us but our 4 kids too.  We are excited to be able to show case this special area of NZ (and in particular the stunning views and open spaces of McArthur Ridge Vineyard) to those who participate in this event.

Shayne O'Connor

I was born in Hastings and grew up on a sheep & beef farm my parents managed.  In 1994 I moved to Otago chasing my dream of playing cricket for NZ.

This worked out and in 1997, while out in Central Otago getting ready for duck shooting, I got my first call up to the Black Caps.  I went on to play for Otago for 9 years, amongst that was 5 years for NZ.  A lot of my time was spent travelling and playing but any chance I got I would spend time relaxing in and around Alexandra.
 

For 12.5 years I was the General Manager at Trail Journeys – a busy cycle tourism business based at Clyde. Having resigned from this position in December 2017 I am currently studying for a Diploma in Professional Coaching and we’re in the process of developing a Business called Perspective Personal Solutions.  My role here will be working as a Life Coach, Mentor and in Personal Development.  

The reason for change is to fulfil my mission “To have a motivating impact on people’s lives by empowering them take action and achieve what it is they truly aspire to.” 

I am also passionate about the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing.

My role in the Management of Run the Vines race will essentially be to do what my wife tells me!  This said, I have 12+ years of event management experience through my previous job and my portfolio on the Otago Country cricket board organising class A cricket matches at Molyneux park.

I am the president and a coach of the Molyneux Junior cricket club, president of the Manorburn Curling club and the Chairman of the Otago Central Rail Trail Operators group.

Neville Grubb

Goldrush Multisport Event Organiser 1997-2011

Playing many sports over a long period of time which include rowing, rugby, cycling, kayaking and multi-sport, the desire to organise events started back in 1992 when my associate Ritchie Bailey and myself organised “The Goldrace”, a 2-day mountain bike event and one of the first to be run in the Central Otago area. This event was very successful and continued for 3 years. This was followed by several other similar events and smaller one day multi-sport races in the Central Otago area.


After competing in many multi-sport events, local triathlons and MTB bike races Ritchie and I decided to put on a 3-day Multi-sport event to showcase Central Otago and hopefully have an event that would rival the then well established “Coast to Coast”. After competing in a 3-day event called the Mountains to the Sea in the North Island in 1995 and 1996 we thought that a similar event in and around our area would work well, so Goldrush was born.


For 15 years the event was successful, so successful that we had a waiting list for competitors to get in. The event was held each year on Otago Anniversary weekend in March. The event was one of the first to offer online entries in New Zealand and when they went online on the 31st August we had many years that the event was sold out within 1hour of going online.

At its peak we had 550 athletes competing with numbers swelling with the support crews to around the 1000 pax. We worked with local organisations to provide meals at the end of each day. We had around 60 volunteers to support the event over the 3 days. We supported many local organisations including St John, Tarras Golf Club, local schools and the Omakau Squash Club.


Our aim for the event was to let people see what Central Otago had to offer in the outdoors, provide opportunities for local organisations to benefit from the event and provide a challenging, fun and value for money event which had longevity. We think we achieved this on all fronts.


After 5 years of running the Goldrush Multisport event it  was placed first in the Most Challenging Race, first in the Best Value For Money Event and placed second in the Best Fun Event in the NZ Multi-sport Championships awards competing against around 70 other national events.


With my background in event organising I feel I will be a great support for Camille and Shayne and am looking forward to passing on my event management experience to help them make the McArthur Ridge Run the Vines event as successful as Goldrush was.

I like their ethos and plans for the event which has strong ties with Central Otago and the community.