Student Athlete Commission
The role of the SAC
The UTSNZ Student Athlete Commission aims to allow the voice of the student-athlete to be effectively communicated with the organisation. It provides advice to the UTSNZ Executive about issues of student sport participation and achievement, and the development of UTSNZ. The Commission also helps to build awareness of UTSNZ within member students groups and to implement student-focused initiatives.
The University and Tertiary Sport NZ Student Athlete Commission comprises of up to 11 member students. These students are:
- Currently enrolled at a UTSNZ member institution at the time of election
- Elected by their tertiary institution
- Participants in competitive sport themselves, currently or within the last five years, ideally at a national level
The Student Athlete Commission representatives are:
Chair: Rose Fitzmaurice (Massey University)
Rose is studying a double degree in Marketing and Psychology at Massey University’s Albany campus, where she also works on reception at the Rec Centre. Her love of basketball has seen her become the president of the Uni club and manage/coach the Massey men’s 5x5 basketball team at the 2017 tertiary champs.
As well as finding time to manage a club which has grown in size over the past few years, Rose also plays badminton and volleyball.
Coming from a university that has split campuses, Rose is aware of the challenges and strengths that come from that and is keen to use her position on the SAC to champion change. She believes that tertiary champs are useful in keeping up a sporting culture at uni, much like you get at high school. She thinks fun and competition between universities should be a part of the student experience.
Deputy Chair: Mitchell Langton (University of Otago)
Mitchell is originally from Taranaki and is in his second year of a double degree in Sport and Leisure, and Commerce at Otago. He comes from a family of basketball coaches and therefore it is no surprise that he is an avid basketballer.
Since an injury forced him from playing, Mitchell has been president of the UoO basketball club. Since 2017 he has embraced the role of coach/manager of the 3x3 and 5x5 university basketball teams at the UTSNZ National Tertiary Champs. Mitchell also coaches secondary school basketball. Between all these commitments, Mitchell spends about 25 hours a week dedicated to basketball.
In the holidays Mitchell works for Basketball New Zealand and he hopes to turn his passion for sport administration into a career.
For Mitchell, the tertiary champs are a great counter-balance to the focused side of university study. He is very competitive but still enjoys the social side of it.
Zac Easthope (University of Auckland)
Zac is studying part-time towards a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Geography. He works full-time as Rec Centre Administration Manager. As part of that role he often helps the UoA sport officers with UTSNZ national tertiary champs preparation. To him, being involved in sport never feels like work!
Zac is also a representative basketball player who has played in all UTSNZ basketball championships so far – both 3x3 and 5x5! His talent has taken him to China, America, Australia and Japan to compete.
Zac has seen how the establishment of UTSNZ pathways from the national champs to international competitions entices more people to play for their university.
While Zac is dedicated to making the champs as competitive as they can be, he is very grateful for the social role that sport has played for him at university, enabling him to make friends in his first few years. This is something which he thinks is important at a big university and when people leave home to attend.
Jordan Urwin (University of Waikato)
Jordan is moving into his second year of a Bachelor of Business in Finance and Accounting at the University of Waikato.
Hailing from Tauranga, Jordan spent much of his formative years on a court. His first sport was basketball then he took up volleyball and beach volleyball with success in both forms at secondary school. This has continued at university with his role in the University of Waikato team’s second place finish at the 2018 National Tertiary Volleyball Championship.
Jordan isn’t scared to try new things either, taking up the game of ultimate frisbee this year through the university club and representing Waikato in their first appearance at the NZ university champs.
Jordan is a sports coordinator for the Te Ranga Ngaku Incorporated group, the Management School’s Māori group. The key for him is that sport enables tertiary students to meet a whole lot of new people, which has been really important to his university experience so far and he wants others to benefit from that too.
Madeleine (Maddie) Evans (Lincoln University)
Maddie is in her third year at Lincoln University studying a bachelor’s degree in Commerce, majoring in Marketing. She has been actively involved with sport right from secondary school which has carried on to University. Her involvement has varied from athletics, cross country, road running, rowing and netball but Maddie’s overall best sporting achievement was placing 2nd at the National Teams triathlon event.
Due to the opportunities which were presented to her at high school, Maddie decided that during University, she would take the time to give back to the wider community. Initiating the inaugural Lincoln University Mountain Bike Club provided the gateway to fulfil this goal of hers. The club worked on community projects throughout Christchurch which were focused on low decile areas and districts that noticed a need to increase active participation. By donating bikes to children who were in need and providing a cycling focused event to increase cycling participation, there has been a positive shift in the cycling community. Through this passion and focus on sport, people have been given the opportunity to make better lifestyle choices.
Maddie hopes to continue this involvement with sport, as it has shaped her into the person she is today and has taught her many valuable life skills which Maddie hopes to pass on to others.
Anudari (Anu) Maibayar (AUT)
Anu is in her third year of University, studying towards a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation. Her majors are Sports Management and Outdoor Education. Anu first volunteered at AUT Sport for the role of Social Sports Coordinator, she is now doing her co-operative placement with AUT Sport. Anu was first introduced to Futsal when she started at AUT, since then she have transitioned to futsal from football and has been playing for AUT since this change.
Anu also has a hobby of sports photography. She has been taking sports photos since high school, and now takes photos for AUT Sport. Through AUT Sport and her volunteer work, she has had opportunities to take photos for UTSNZ and landed her first paid photography job with the Japanese Women’s Rugby Sevens team.
Anu sees tertiary sport as an essential part of the university experience as it gives the opportunity for students to socialise and develops a sense of belonging to their university and wider community.
Jacob Mulholland (University of Canterbury)
Jacob is in his second year of studying towards a Bachelor of Sports Coaching majoring in leadership and sports science. Sport has been a big part of who he is for his whole life and to be able to continue with this passion at a tertiary level is a dream come true for him.
Basketball is Jacob's main sport and playing overseas in the USA has given him a multitude of experiences that he has brought back and looks to implement in New Zealand. Jacob currently plays for the University's Under 23 and Premier Club sides as well as representing UC at the 5x5 and 3x3 Nationals at UTSNZ events.
"These competitions keep the involvement of sport up throughout university across New Zealand as people competitively push for the top teams as well as going out there and giving other sports a go in a social environment within their University which I think is something that is very important to keep students involved in as it contributes to a healthier lifestyle and well being across campus. It also gives new students something that is familiar to participate in to help ease their next steps into University Life."
Student Athlete Commission Vacancy – Victoria University of Wellington