Queen's Birthday Honours
Congratulations to three members of our sport who were all made Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit MNZM in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Geoff Henry of Wellington for services to athletics. He has been involved with the sport for more than 40 years. He is a past president and Life Member of Athletics Wellington. He has formed or re-established children’s athletic clubs in Wellington Eastern Suburbs, Upper Hutt, Naenae and Otaki and assisted the establishment of Team Wairarapa. He coaches disabled children, master athletes and adult athletes with disabilities and helps train new coaches and runs officials courses. He was awarded an Athletics New Zealand Merit Award in 2013.
Marcia Petley of Hamilton for services to athletics. She is heavily involved with masters athletics, having served on the board of New Zealand masters since 1994 and represented New Zealand at the world masters congress. She was a founding member and secretary of the Frankton Amateur Athletic Club in 1964. She has been a competitor at masters athletic championships since 1980 and won medals at world masters and Oceania masters championships. She is a member of the team that holds the world masters record for W75 4 x 400m relay.
Jeni Pearce of Auckland for services to sports nutrition. Jeni is the lead nutritionist for Athletics New Zealand high performance athlete support. She has contributed to sports nutrition for 30 years and is a recognised pioneer and world leader in the field. She has worked with high performance athletes and teams including for Olympic and Commonwealth Games since 1985. She is currently performance nutrition lead at High Performance Sport New Zealand.