Promoting and supporting
sport and recreation within
the Selwyn District.

About Us

It is the Trust’s vision to Inspire Participation through Opportunity and Leadership in Selwyn. By doing so the Trust will achieve its mission to enrich people’s lives and community well being through sport and recreation.

The Trust is proud to have a range of vastly experienced personnel guiding its operations and involvements in the Selwyn District.

Inspiring Communities story

Rātā Foundation Community Story – Selwyn focussed

Sport Canterbury Story – Activators focussed



Aaron Ford – Chair

Aaron and his family decided they wanted to live in a family friendly community and moved to Leeston from Christchurch 14 years ago. Aaron has played Team Sports all of his life and can still be found on the Rugby Paddock as an active member of the Southbridge Eels Golden Oldies Team. Aaron also enjoyed his time in Coaching and Club Administration with Ellesmere Football Club & Selwyn Football and has recently become a Committee Member for Ellesmere A&P Association as he enjoys giving back to the community that has supported his family.

Emma Wilson

Emma comes from a medical background. She is the owner of Leeston Physiotherapy and co-founder of Ellesmere Road Runners. Southland born, Emma has been working in Selwyn since 2005. She has been involved in various sports as a player, coach and administrator and is currently a member of Ellesmere Netball and the Down River Kayak clubs. Emma is a co-founder of Ellesmere Road Runners, completed Coast to Coast 2013 as a kayaker in a team and Challenge Wanaka Half in 2015.

Cameron Blain

Cameron was born and bred in Selwyn, growing up on a mixed cropping farm near Dunsandel.  After completing an Ag. Commerce degree at Lincoln University, he commenced his career as a Rural Manager for the Bank of New Zealand.  Cameron has been involved in a range of team and individual sports all his life playing senior cricket and rugby in his earlier days and more latterly supporting his three young sons in their sporting endeavours whilst trying to sneak in the odd mountain biking or running event when he can.

Lou Hurst

Lou has always been an active sporting participant, enjoying the opportunity in her younger years to give a range of team and individual sports a go. It’s that experience that has seen her become passionate about what the Selwyn Sports Trust does around ensuring children get access to similar opportunities. A resident of Kirwee, Lou’s greatest sporting achievement is competing in the Geelong Half Ironman. While lately she can be found on the Rogaine circuit.

Tammy Mehrtens

Tammy grew up on a farm in Selwyn and has played, coached and administered Netball in the district over several decades, and also enjoys outdoor recreation activities such as hiking, skiing and water sports. Tammy’s career background is in the Sport sector, after completing a Bachelor of Sport and Rec Management and a Masters in Management. She is currently working as the National Training Manager at Netball New Zealand. Tammy has a passion for the incredible contribution sport and recreation can make to the wellbeing of individuals and communities, which is why she is excited to be a trustee of the Selwyn Sports Trust.

Mike Sharapoff

coming soon.


Executive Officer – Jimmy Sinclair

My education started at Tauranga Boys College and then later in life I went to University of Canterbury to complete a Bachelor of Sports Coaching. This is where my passion for  helping people grow through the vehicle of sport and active recreation came to life.  Since then I have worked for Canterbury Lawn Bowls, Sport Canterbury, NZ Army, 180 Degrees Trust and Canterbury Rugby. Further to this I’ve been an enthusiastic coach working with junior and senior grades, the two main sports I’ve been involved with are Rugby and Ice Hockey.  Outside of sport I love fishing, golf, hunting and runs with my dog and quality time with my better half. It is exciting to be working in such a great community filled with opportunity to use sport and physical activity to help our people grow and develop.

Event Manager – Anna Sheen

Anna is a born and bred Selwyn girl, having spent most of her life living, learning and playing in the area. After completing a Bachelor of Recreation Management in Sport at Lincoln University, a postgrad diploma in Social Sciences, and Fitness Industry Training at Ara, Anna went on to work in community recreation and event management at Christchurch City Council then Sport Canterbury.  Although Anna has enjoyed many sports growing up, her passion tended towards playing netball and netball umpiring, reaching national levels in umpiring. Nowadays, Anna spends most of her time running around after her two young children and is looking forward to getting back into her sports in the future. 

Community Connector – Jacinda Valentine

Jacinda completed a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation majoring in Outdoor Education, then spent her first 10 years working in the outdoor education sector in Auckland, with youth development program’s and in her spare time climbing up rocks.  After moving south to Christchurch Jacinda took up a role for Christchurch City Council in the Recreation and Sport Unit, until leaving to raise her family of now two rowdy boys.  Jacinda has started in the role of Community Connector and is looking forward to connecting with local clubs, businesses, schools, and community groups around Selwyn.  In her spare time, you’ll find Jacinda out with her family riding bikes and eating ice cream.

Community Team of Activators

We are proud to have launched our Activator program in 2017 in schools throughout Selwyn. Our Activators work to enhance physical activity opportunities and experiences for all, in their invested schools and the wider community. Mitch, Beth and Kate can be seen out and about across the Selwyn District every week.



Supported in 2021 by the Rata Foundation.