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 come 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 – TBC

Community Team of 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, Mitch, Jayde and Beth can be seen out and about across the Selwyn District every week.


Supported in 2021 by the Rata Foundation.