8 March 2022

Just want to bring you up to date with news from the recent AGM and Coaches meeting.

At the Annual General Meeting, the following people were elected to governing positions.

PresidentMark Fairmaidpresident@wrra.org.nz
Immediate Past PresidentWarren Quennell 
Vice PresidentTrevor Walker 
SecretaryTrevor Walkersecretary@wrra.org.nz
TreasurerTrevor Couchmantreasurer@wrra.org.nz
Exec CommitteIan Dallaschairperson@wrra.org.nz
 Ben Van Berkel 
 Dennis Sharman 
 Jared Clarke 

Please note that Ian Dallas is the acting chairperson until a new chairperson is elected at the first Executive meeting. Also welcome to the new members on the Executive in Trevor Couchman and Ben Van Berkel.

In other news, the Executive have reviewed three areas of concern that came out of the end of year survey. Those three areas were Standards and PromotionsCoaching, and Appointments. We asked the following people to review these areas and to come up with recommendations. 

  • Standards and Promotions – Stan Wright
  • Coaching – Garratt Williamson
  • Appointments – Dennis Sharman

The Executive have been given those reviews and they are currenly discussing them. One of the last things that the outgoing Executive wanted to implement was to change the name of the old Standards and Promotions committee to better align it with its function. It has been decided to called this committee Selection and Assessments Committee. Following on from this and a subsequent selection process, the following people have been appointed to the committee

  • Ian Dallas
  • Brent Murray
  • Steve Powell

Further information about this committee will be made available in the near future. 

The following two people have been approved by the Executive to represent the WRRA on the following organisations

  • Wellington Secondary Schools Rugby – Scott MacLean
  • Wellington Rugby Football Union – Mark Fairmaid

On Monday night, the coaches met and the following level managers were appointed

Coaching Co-ordinatorJared Clarkecoach@wrra.org.nz
Level 3 ManagerBernie Mclaughlinl3@wrra.org.nz
Level 4 ManagerDavid Munrol4@wrra.org.nz
Level 5 ManagerJohn Mitchelll5@wrra.org.nz

I hope you all are staying well and keeping COVID free. WRFU Club Rugby is due to kick on the Saturday 2 April. I know that some clubs are struggling to hold trainings and pre season games which is making it difficult for them to prepare for the upcoming season. 

If you have any questions about any of this information or any other questions, then please feel free to contact me. 

Mark Fairmaid