Appointment of Gisborne’s first ever Regional Surfing Development Manager

Kelly Ryan

After a gruelling 4 week process the Gisborne Boardriders Club is proud to announce Kelly Ryan has been appointed Gisborne’s Regional Surfing Development Manager.

Kelly successfully  saw off competition for the role from a world class field of local, national and international candidates. “We were frankly blown away by the level of interest and calibre of the candidates that applied for the role – surfing is in great shape in Gisborne”  said Andy Vette convenor of the interview panel.  Kelly comes to the role with 16 Years Secondary School Teaching experience at Lytton High school, he has career highlights that include promotion to School Dean and establishing the Schools Surfing Cadet program (graduates include current touring professional surfer Ricardo Christie). Kelly is an ISA Certified Surf Coach, former Longboard Surfing Champion and has been integral to the delivery of the much acclaimed GromLab Surfer Development Program.

Kelly is charged with growing the sport at every level in the region through tailored, well managed programs to encourage participation, performance and spectator education from the whole community. The role is funded for an initial 12 month period thanks to the generous support of the NZCT and backing of Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti.  Kelly will work from the Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti Offices in Gisborne. Stay tuned for big things!

Shannon Mcllroy wins world title

Tairawhiti’s own Shannon Mcllroy achieved a lifelong dream on Sunday, winning the men’s singles lawn bowls world title at Burnside Green in Christchurch. He first learnt to bowl at the age of five in Ruatoria, before playing extensively at Kaiti and Te Karaka bowling clubs.

“Twenty-five years in the game, all those days wagging school going down to the bowling club, I think it’s all paid off,” McIlroy told Sky Sport.

Athol O’Connor Shield battle

On Tuesday Gisborne Bowling Club hosted the annual battle for the Athol O’Connor Shield between our two Intermediate schools, Gisborne and Ilminster. The Gisborne kids are coached each week at Gisborne Bowling Club and those from Ilminster at Kahutia Bowling Club. Needless to say, the rivalry runs deep. After a hard-fought battle in the sun, Ilminster retained the shield.