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 – no current vacancies




Megan Harlick – Chair

Megan has been part of the Trust as a trustee since 2016. She loves that the Trust encourages children to engage in sport in a non-traditional way, and the fact it is changing the way children relate to sport.

Megan first experienced what the Trust had to offer when she became involved with the Trust as GM of Canterbury Basketball when basketball was included in the first year of the Koru Games. From there she began to learn about the Trust and what it stood for.

Megan has always worked, or taught, in the sporting arena and is currently a lecturer at Ara.


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.


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.


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.


Event Manager – Samantha Holland

Sam has come from a competitive swimming and surf life saving background which has driven her passion for a career in sport and recreation. She completed her degree in Sport and Recreation Management at Lincoln University in 2016. Since then, she has worked within a wide range of organisations giving her a wealth of experience in events. Some of the roles include Event Assistant for the Christchurch ASB Marathon, Community Recreation Assistant for the Christchurch City Council,  and Youth and Community Development Officer at Bowls Canterbury.

Sam is working as the Event Manager for the Selwyn Sports Trust in a part time capacity in addition to working as a Sport and Recreation Coordinator at the Pūkeko Centre. Sam is very passionate about events and can’t wait to take on the current events at the Trust as well as adding new and exciting events to the portfolio.

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.

Rolleston School Sports Coordinator – Samantha Cording

Sam joins us with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and is working towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching. Sam is an old Christchurch girl. She is a sports fanatic and dabbles in most sports including Volleyball, Netball and Ultimate Frisbee. As well as playing she has always been passionate about giving back to the sporting community and started coaching when she was 17. This passion for coaching and being active has helped carve out her career path thus far.

Sam is passionate about creating a positive environment for children to learn and develop all of their fundamental skills.