Promoting and supporting
sport and recreation within
the Selwyn District.

About Us

It is the Trust’s vision to Inspire Participation through Opportunity 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


Current Vacancies



Michael Lay – Chairman

Michael Lay is a Chartered Accountant practicing in the Selwyn District. Having been born and bred on a farm in Irwell, Michael has an extensive knowledge of the local area. He has also had a lifetime involvement in sport, either playing, coaching or in administration, particularly in cricket and rugby. In more recent times he has taken to running and has now completed two marathons. Following a passion of sport and desire to see Selwyn promoted as a destination for sport and recreational activity, Michael has got together with a team of dedicated Trustees to form the Selwyn Sports Trust.


John Reid

John started his working career as a secondary school geography teacher. In the mid-1980s he became a sports administrator, a role he continues today. He has filled roles as Coaching Director and Chief Executive of Auckland Cricket as well as Cricket Operations and High Performance Manager of New Zealand Cricket. He was also a founding trustee of Sport Auckland Regional Sports Trust. More recently he has worked as General Manager of Community Sport and Recreation for Sport New Zealand and now works as project leader of a new national talent development programme.

John is an ex Auckland and New Zealand cricket representative and played football to national league level. After moving to Selwyn in the mid-1990s he played for the Springston Cricket club. He has extensive coaching experience at both junior and senior levels. He is currently a member of the Weedons Golf club, proud Patron of his cricket club Auckland and lives in Rolleston.


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.

Megan Harlick, Lou Hurstinformation to come


Executive Officer

Michael Wilson

Michael comes from a primary education background. He has been employed at Selwyn schools and a Selwyn resident since 2007. Michael has been involved in a range of team and individual sports throughout his life, most recently completing the Coast to Coast in a team, being a member of the Lay Associates Bike Challenge cycling team and completing the half distance at Challenge Wanaka. Michael is a co-founder of Ellesmere Road Runners and still actively involved in Ellesmere Rugby as a coach.

Physical Activity Activators

We are proud to have launched our Activator program in 2017 in schools throughout Selwyn. Our four Activators are working closely to enhance the physical activity opportunities and experiences for all in their invested schools and their wider communities. Amy, Jono, Josh & Jayde can be seen out and about across the Selwyn District every week.