NZHF Executive Board

The New Zealand Handball Federation is an incorporated society and is run by an Executive Board. The Executive Board currently has seven elected members.

2017/18 NZHF Executive Members:

 

Michael Roxburgh
NZHF President

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
I am currently General Manager Sales and Marketing for Fronde who are an IT services company. I have held many senior leadership positions in companies such as Telecom, NZ Post and Tower. 

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN THE NZHF?
Sport has always been a passion of mine. I have played Football and Cricket to senior club level as well playing basketball, badminton and table tennis competitively. 

I have had experience and have a strong understanding of funding for amateur sport, both from the sporting trusts and government organisations.

I have also been involved in sports administration from an early age including serving on various club committees, being involved in coaching as well as fundraising.

I am looking forward to offering my strategic skills and leadership ability to New Zealand Handball.


Justin Cope
NZHF Treasurer

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
I live in Christchurch, I'm married with two boys aged 4 and 7. I work for Environment Canterbury Regional Council as an Environmental Scientist specialising in the management of natural hazards

WHAT'S YOUR HANDBALL HISTORY?
I've always enjoyed playing a range of sports and had seen Handball on TV for the first time at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. I remember looking at opportunities to play in Christchurch at the time but nothing existed. Then in 2005 I was looking for a sport to play during the winter and saw an advertisement to come and give handball a go, fell in love with handball as a sport (especially goalkeeping) and have played and been involved in the administration/organising side of handball ever since.

I've had a few years in the national team, helped organise handball in Christchurch for the past 10 years, been on the NZHF board since 2007 (currently Treasurer), managed an u21 team to Partille and Dronninglund Cups and managed the National Womens Team in 2007.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN THE NZHF?
I started playing handball late in my sporting life and often wondered how far I might have gone if handball was around in NZ when I was growing up and I'd started playing at age 5 rather than age 35. I joined the Board to try and contribute to the development of handball in NZ so that kids growing up do have that opportunity.


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Lynda Hagen
NZHF Secretary-General

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:
I live in Wellington and am the Director of the New Zealand Law Foundation, an independent charitable trust that provides grant for legal research.  I am married with two adult children.  In my youth I played netball, tennis and basketball to provincial levels and I still play tennis weekly.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN NZHF:
I believe Handball is a fantastic sport and would love to help it develop in NZ.  My daughter started playing handball in 2010 as a 15 yr old and I found myself sitting on the sidelines of her matches and really enjoying the sport.  My habit has always been to get involved in the sporting interests of my children and our family is strong on 'giving back' to sports that have supported us.  In the past I have coached and managed many age group levels of netball, volleyball, softball, tennis and basketball teams.  I have been a co-ordinator for youth representative netball in Wellington, and served on the Board of Netball Wellington. I have also served on other non-sports related boards.  I have strengths in governance, sports administration and strategic planning, so hope to use these skills to help Handball develop. In 2012 I offered to fill in as manager for the NZ Senior Women's team.  I have been managing and assisting with the administration of NZ Senior and Junior women's teams ever since, the highlight being taking the NZ Junior Women's team to the IHF Intercontinental Trophy tournament in Bulgaria in 2015.  


Jaclyn Parker
NZHF Vice President (South Island)

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
I'm from Christchurch I work as a Physiotherapist for Muscle People Physiotherapy.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO HANDBALL?
As I was growing up I played a range of sports mainly Netball, Basketball and Rowing. I watched Handball at the Olympics whilst I was studying in Dunedin and joined the Dunedin club. 3 weeks later I was off to Brisbane to play in my first qualifiers in Australia. 
Since then I have been involved with Handball both as a player and a Physiotherapist.

WHY DID YOU JOIN THE NZHF?
I think New Zealand Handball is at a unique point in its growth and I'm looking forward to the challenge of being a part of that development.


Gaston Fuso
NZHF Vice-President (North Island)

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
I am originally from Argentina and moved to New Zealand in 2008. Since then I fell in love with this country and its people and decided to make of Auckland my new home.  I work as an Account Manager for the South American market in a New Zealand Software company.  Previously I have held various roles in different industries like IT, Sales, Restaurant management, Sport coaching and Sport management.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR HANDBALL HISTORY:

I have played Handball for more than 30 years. Back in Argentina I played in a small club and we managed to get to the second most important league in the country. In my handball career I have had various roles but mainly as a coach and team Manager.

In Aotearoa I have played mostly for the Auckland Pirates, winning various tournaments. I participated in many international tournaments like New Caledonia OCHF cup with the NZ Falcons in 2008, Tahiti OCHF cup with Auckland in 2013 and Australian Beach Open 2016 with Taniwha Ihi.

I have held various roles in local handball such as Coach and secretary of the Auckland University Team, National Coach for the Men's Beach Handball team, Auckland Region President and NZHF Vice President.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN THE NZHF?

I Joined the ARH and the NZHF because I love this sport. Handball has given me not only many good friends all around the world and allowed me get to know beautiful places, but as well it has taught me life lesson like teamwork, commitment, focus, how to make fast decisions and not to give up. But more importantly, it has taught me that working as a group is the only way to succeed and this allows you to feel part of something bigger than yourself.

The NZHF gave me the opportunity to help contribute my experience of handball and my coaching and management skills, to work towards the development of this sport in the whole country.  Through my role as responsible for Youth Development  for NZ Handball, I am trying to help young kiwis experience the beauty of life in sport and gain the experience of being part of a positive team environment through handball.


Erin Roxburgh
Board Member

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
I am currently working at Willis Street Physio and Wellington Sports Medicine as the Business Development Manager, and am finishing off my Masters in Commerce as we speak. I grew up and live in Wellington. 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR HANDBALL HISTORY:
I got into it through watching my partner play. I first started playing mid way through the season in 2014. I play for Spartanz Womens Handball, since then, I have also played for Parrots Womens for Beach Handball and played for NZ in the 2016 Beach Handball Qualifier. 

I have been the secretary at Spartanz Handball since 2015, I was the secretary at Wellington Handball from 2015-2016, and I recently managed the Wellington U18 Womens Handball team in their recent trip to Australia. 

WHY DID YOU JOIN THE NZHF?
I am very passionate about sports, and more importantly sports participation and enjoyment. I have also gained relevant sports administration skills over the last five years through my various roles at my old Netball Club and I am also a recipient of the Victoria Plus Leadership award. Through my masters degree in management and strategy, I feel I have valuable skills I can offer New Zealand Handball.