Te Korowai

Sports Performance Coaches NZ

February 2024 Issue No. 6

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Welcome to the sixth edition of Coaches Kōrero.

Welcome to the sixth edition of Coaches Kōrero. Coaches Kōrero has been established to recognise and celebrate our Performance Coaching c...

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Jaunary 2024 Issue No 5

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Welcome to the fifth edition of Coaches Kōrero.

Happy New Year and welcome to the fifth edition of Coaches Kōrero.

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December 2023 Issue No 4

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Welcome to the fourth edition of Coaches Kōrero.

Coaches Kōrero has been established by Te Korowai - Sports Performance Coaches New Zealand (SPCNZ) to recognise
and celebrate our Performance Coaching c...

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November 2023 Issue No 3

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Welcome to the third edition of Coaches Kōrero.

Coaches Kōrero has been established by Sports Performance Coaches New Zealand (SPCNZ) to recognise and celebrate our Pe...

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Who We Are

Te Korowai – Sport Performance Coaches New Zealand (SPCNZ) has been founded by New Zealand’s Performance Coaches as a representative body to provide an independent voice for performance coaches and performance coaching in New Zealand.

Te Korowai – SPCNZ has been established as an Incorporated Society (Sport Performance Coaches New Zealand Incorporated), with a trading name of Te Korowai – SPCNZ and is governed by a board of current and past Performance Coaches (Members) and independent board members

Learn about our name Te Korowai

Learn about the Te Korowai logo and brand identity

Our Purpose

As a collective group of Sport Performance Coaches we are passionate about sports coaching and are driven by a desire to positively impact elite athlete performance. We aim to grow a sustainable independent community of collaborative sport performance coaches. We are committed to advancing the profession through high ethical standards, on-going capability development, strong advocacy and the support and celebration of sport performance coaches both individually and collectively.

A Performance Coach is defined as:

A performance coach is a (current or past) coach, whose primary focus is on coaching individual athletes and teams to achieve performance at a high performance level.


The Types of Performance Coach Are:

  1. Kaumatua Performance Coach – Retired Performance Coach, but I am happy to stay connected to the coaching community for mentoring, networking and support for others. e.g. Sir Graham Henry, Lois Muir
  2. International Performance Coach – I am coaching high performance athletes and/or teams who are competing on the world stage. I have a leadership role as a coach. e.g. Dame Noeline Taurua, Gary Stead, Gordon Walker, Jason Ryan, Raylene Bates
  3. Domestic Performance Coach – I am coaching high performance athletes and/or teams who are competing either domestically or internationally for a club or franchise. I have a leadership role as a coach. e.g. Kiri Wills, (Robinhood Stars – Netball),  Peter Fulton (Canterbury Kings – Cricket), Clayton McMillan (Chiefs – Rugby), Donovan Grobbelar (Auckland Aces Asst Coach – Cricket)
  4. Aspiring Performance Coach – I am currently coaching at a representative level and I have been endorsed by my NSO. I have aspirations of becoming a high- performance coach one day.

Our 3 Key Pillars

Support & Wellbeing

Support & Wellbeing

We will establish a suite of expert advisory providers and partners to support our Performance Coaches, especially when they are going through challenging times.

We aim to offer support in the areas of wellbeing and health , legal, finance, public relations, learning and development and career transition advisory. The offer will be built and grow over time as we develop as an organisation. Our initial focus will be on wellbeing.

Connecting & Mentoring

Connecting & Mentoring

We will facilitate the establishment of a dynamic and connected Performance Coach Community.

We will do this by running regular events at both a regional and national level where performance coaches can meet, be supported and develop knowledge and insight.

We will establish regular communications through newsletters and other platforms. We will use these platforms to present updates on the latest news and developments, share stories and celebrate & recognise our Performance Coaches.

We will also look to build both formal and informal mentoring structures through our Performance Coach community.

Celebration & Recognition

Celebration & Recognition

We will establish forums in which Performance Coaches are celebrated and recognised.

This will include the running of events, the delivery of a monthly newsletter and the use of social and media channels.

The Board

Tom Willmott


Tom is currently, the Head Coach & Pathway Director for the Snow Sports NZ Park and Pipe Programme. In this role he oversees the on- and off-snow training and competition of our high performance athletes in halfpipe, slopestyle and big air disciplines.

Tom also represents New Zealand on a number of FIS committees and was formerly the chair of HPSNZ’s Coach Advisory Group.  As Head Coach in his sixth Winter Olympic cycle, Tom has worked with a vast number of athletes at all levels of the sport from budding young juniors to X-Games and World Cup champions, including our most successful Olympic medal campaigns in PyeongChang, 2018 and Beijing, 2022.

Tom is a former snowboard competitor and national champion, has a Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance, a Master’s degree in Physical Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Coaching.  He balances his Snow Sports NZ role with time-out with his young family, various heliski and split board guiding roles as an NZMGA Ski Guide, and fitting in lots of adventures around the world.

Raylene Bates


Raylene is the Athletics New Zealand Para Lead and HP Throws Coach. She leads the para athletics programme including HP campaigns, development, talent ID, education, and day to day management of the programme.

Raylene is a very proud Otago representative who was born and bred on the Taieri.  A graduate of the Otago Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Applied Management majoring in Sport Management and Business Change and Transformation.  She has significant experience in sport management and business from her employment at the Otago Rugby Football Union and being an inaugural staff member of the NZ Academy of Sport South Island, HPSNZ, and Excellence in Sport South Island where she was the Business Manager.  Raylene is a mentor for the HPSNZ Te Hāpaitanga Programme and facilities the Satellite Group along with delivering the Diversity and Inclusion module for the HPSNZ Core Knowledge programme.

Raylene is a Board Member and Trustee of the Halberg Foundation, and a Trustee of the Skeggs Foundation.

A former National and Oceania champion athlete, Raylene now focuses on coaching athletes to national and international success focussing on the throwing events. Raylene has led the Athletics team to two double Olympic/Paralympic campaigns in 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 Paralympic team in 2016 and Commonwealth Games in 2006, 2010, 2018 and several IAAF and Para World Championships since 2007.  Raylene was the Athletics Head Coach for Rio Paralympics – personally coaching 4 athletes of which 3 were medallists at Rio Paralympics.  The only female coach in both the Rio Olympics and Paralympics to coach a medallist.”

A very keen mountain biker and lover of outdoors pursuits that she enjoys with her family.

Melodie Bosman

Mel is currently in her fourth year as Head Coach of the Tasman Mako FPC women’s rugby team and manager of the Women’s high performance academy which oversees the development of female high performance athletes both on and off the field.

Mel is also a coach mentor on HPSNZ’s Te Hāpaitanga coach development program as well as mentor for the Girl Boss program which empowers and inspires young women in developing their future careers.

Mel is a former New Zealand Black Fern who competed for over 10 years and represented New Zealand in two Rugby World Cups. Mel has a Master of Science degree with honours in Sedimentology from the University of Waikato, Hamilton.  She spent 12 years working on offshore oil rigs as a Wellsite geologist before retiring to have a family.

Mel balances her coaching career with her husband and two young daughters by spending time connecting with the environment and boating in the Abel Tasman.

Angie Dougal

Angie is currently the Olympic Trampoline Coach for Gymnastics New Zealand, coaching Dylan Schmidt, the current World Champion and Tokyo Olympic Games bronze medallist.

Angie also owns and runs a construction contracting business, Extreme Earthmoving, where she and her husband have a team of 20 staff, building roads, motorways and rail in Auckland City.

Angie has a Bachelor of Education and taught primary and intermediate school in both Auckland and London, before coming back to NZ to work for a Regional Sporting Trust, and then established her own trampoline club.

Angie was a Board member of Gymnastics New Zealand (GNZ), as well as part of the GNZ High Performance Advisory Group and a NZ selector. Prior to this, Angie was the GNZ Trampoline Technical Committee Chair for 4 years.

Angie has also worked as the Personal Development Manager for the Black Ferns, a role that she held for 3 years in the build-up to the 2022 World Cup.

Angie is a former trampolinist herself and a national champion and multiple world medallist. She balances her coaching and business interests with spending time with her husband, two children and two dogs.

Kirsten Hellier


Kirsten is currently the High-Performance Coach Manager for Athletics New Zealand. Previous roles have included high performance coaching (Athletics) and coach development (Athletics/Netball). While not her primary role, Kirsten is still very actively involved with the coaching of development through to high performance athletes. Additionally, Kirsten is a strong advocate for women in sport, mentoring in several development programs including the HPSNZ Te Hāpaitanga and Aktive Auckland Women Leadership Development Programme.

Kirsten represented New Zealand from the junior level, attended the 1990 & 1994 Commonwealth Games (Silver medallist), 1991 World Championships and 1992 Olympic Games as a Javelin thrower. A coach of several World and Olympic podium medalist athletes, her passion for athlete development is matched by her passion for coach development.

Hellier won the Coach of the Year at both the 2007 and 2008 Halberg Awards and in 2018  was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to sport, particularly athletics in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Papamoa in the Bay of Plenty is home. Husband Pat and children Jarod and Mikaela have been her greatest supporters throughout her sporting journey. Golf has become the latest technical challenge

Mike Hesson


Mike is currently Director of Cricket for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. A position he has held for 4 years. In this role he overseas both the Men’s and Women’s professional teams including the auction process for procuring the squads.

Mike has been a professional cricket coach for over 25 years, coaching all over the globe including being the National Coach of Argentina, Kenya and New Zealand. Within Mike’s tenure as head coach of the Blackcaps (2012 – 2018) he took New Zealand from near the bottom in all formats to achieving peaks in world rankings of 1st in T20’s and ODI’s and 2nd in Test Cricket. With the additional highlight in 2015 of being the first New Zealand side to make a Final in a Cricket World Cup.

Mike is a former coach representative on the International Cricket Committee and is currently a Board of Director on a couple of start-ups within New Zealand.

Mike works internationally as a cricket broadcaster for a variety of world feeds.

As most coaches he tries to balance his work commitments with his family life in Dunedin and lowering his golf handicap.

Yvette McCausland-Durie

Yvette is a netball coach and educator, co-founder of MANUKURA school with husband Nathan.  Yvette works with players from emerging talent at secondary school level through to high performance.

Yvette was Head Coach of ANZ Premiership PULSE Teams over a 9 year period  where she became NZ’s most successful doemstic coach. In addition Yvette has held numerous national coaching roles including NZ Under 21, NZ Māori, NZ A and Silver Fern programmes.

Yvette has her Masters in Education, Postgraduate degree in Sport Management, a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching.  A former track and field athlete to World Juniors and netball player from NZU21 to NZ Silver Ferns Squad level.   Yvette enjoys the synergy of coaching and teaching which enables continued opportunities to grow potential.

Craig Philpott

Craig is currently the South Island HP Coach Development Manager for New Zealand Rugby, and also the Domain Lead for both Professional Practice and Performance Impact within HPSNZ’s Core Knowledge programme. Between these two roles he supports the learning and development needs of more than 300 of Aotearoa’s HP and pre-HP coaches, across 30+ sporting codes.

Craig played 1st class rugby 1987 – 1998 at both the amateur and professional levels in New Zealand and he was one of the first Kiwis to play professionally in Japan. He has coached rugby for more than 30 years at all levels from community to high performance, including leading the New Zealand Under 20 team to the World Championship title in Georgia, 2017.

A former secondary school Assistant Principal, Craig and his wife Denise now live back home in Christchurch. They have three adult daughters and four grandchildren, and enjoy escaping in their caravan whenever possible.

Executive Team

Andrew Gaze

General Manager (Part-time)

Andrew is our part-time General Manager who is responsible for leading and driving the organisation, with a primary focus on delivering on our key priorities and building a sustainable model.

In addition to his leadership role with Te-Korowai- SPCNZ, Andrew is the CEO of the Coach for Life Foundation, a foundation that has been established to help grow the quality of youth community coaches in New Zealand.

Andrew has a broad background having started his career in accountancy, before moving into sales and marketing roles including 13 years with the adidas Group, initially as the Marketing Manager for adidas NZ, where he was responsible for launching and commercialising adidas’ global partnership with NZ rugby.

Andrew then spent eleven years offshore, the first four in Amsterdam as the Global Head of Rugby, where he led the rugby business unit. In this role, amongst other things he renegotiated an extension to their contract with NZ Rugby, signed the British and Irish Lions for their tour of NZ in 2005 and was involved in securing and leveraging partnerships with individual athletes including Jonah Lomu, Jonny Wilkinson, Dan Carter and Richie McCaw. Andrew then spent four years in Hong Kong leading the sales function in Asia Pacific before spending time in Singapore running South East Asia

In 2012, Andrew returned to NZ and has held executive leadership roles with Konica Minolta, TruTest and Datamars before starting with the Coach for Life Foundation as their CEO.

In addition Andrew has served on the board of both Hockey NZ and Kristin School and has been involved in community sport as a coach, manager, referee and umpire.

Andrew is a believer in the power of sport to transform lives and is honoured to work with the board to lead Te Korowai Sport Performance Coaches New Zealand.