Sunday, 4 July 2021

Meet the new NZMS Secretary/Treasurer - Megan Wilson

Tena Koutou Katoa

I’m Megan Wilson from Tamaki Makaurau. I’d like to acknowledge Mike Bodger for his lengthy dedication, service and spirit to NZMS and thank him for the assistance into the transition of Secretary/Treasurer NZMS as we move forward in 2021.

My career journey grew from shop assistant in a Pacific design store to shopping centre management. During my corporate climb I also volunteered as a guide on the open bird sanctuary Tititiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf. The resident rangers of the Island were retiring after thirty years of service, and it was shortly after this, that I too, in 2006, became a permanent resident on the island, with the role of Guiding and Shop Manager for three years. My accommodation was a tiny bach next to the lighthouse; I often refer to this as the best house with view on the planet. One year, while resident on the Island the Banana Boat Ocean Swim from Stanley Bay to the Viaduct, worked in well with the ferry schedule and I was able to come off the Island Friday night, swim the race 7am Saturday morning and catch the 9am ferry back to Tiritiri Matangi Island for work. Many kayak and swim friends visited the Island during my tenure there to enjoy wild picnics, swim, walk and too just experience the jewel of an open sanctuary.

The immersion and connection to nature plus the ability to listen to the land came with me when I left the Island. Swimming reconnects me to this, especially open water swimming with friends. Coached pool swimming from the late 90’s grew into weekends of multisport adventures, again seeking the sense of adventure, competition, escapism and camaraderie. I also joined North Shore Masters Swimming where I have been a member for ten years.

My days are full living in Tamaki, with fulltime work in the dental industry.

My gorgeous dog Jess Girl is a master runner and ball handler, and keeps me busy with daily bush and beach walks.

Iyenga yoga has been a thread through my life for many years and with swimming gives me that balance and well being.

My Whanau is with me too, here is mum, now 93, has always been a supporter of my swim races.

These are my two brothers chaperoning dad who continued to lecture engineering students well into his nineties. Mum and I (centre back). Dad celebrates his 94th in May. 

My Whanau with my only son upper right.

Te Reo Maori and indigenous cultures inspire me. This is my sister (right) and I at the Treaty Grounds on Waitangi Day this year.

This is a glimpse of me and a small introduction to my life. I look forward to meeting and sharing your stories together in the future.

Nga Mihi Nui

Megan me. 

Upcoming Events

 2021 North Island Short Course Champs

17 July - Information form

2021 Counties Manukau Skis
31 July - Register

Monday, 5 April 2021

The 6th Recipient of The Barry Young Medal of Excellence

The Barry Young Medal of Excellence is donated and awarded by North Shore Masters to the swimmer who breaks the oldest record during the year.

It is a huge honour to receive this medal as only 11 will ever be awarded.

Mary Ann Turbitt of Waitakere City Masters became the 6th recipient for breaking the Womens’ 400m Short Course Freestyle record in the 75-79 age group. This was set by Olga Johnson back in 1998 in time of 7:57:17. Mary Ann’s time was an amazing 6:59:16.

The Waitakere club presented the medal at a surprise dinner organised to celebrate her achievement.

Congratulations to Mary Ann and many thanks to North Shore Masters for donating this award in memory of our friend Barry Young.

Meet Mary Ann Turbitt

Mary Ann began swimming in Napier at the age of 7 and competed in many NZ Competitions for Hawkes Bay Poverty Bay.  

She participated in a number of other sports too such as  hockey, tennis and basketball and played for the NZ Women’s Hockey team at the World Competition in 1971 and represented Hawkes Bay at the National Basketball Champs.

Mary Ann then switched to Squash and represented Hawkes Bay and Central
Districts as an A grade Player , Qualified Coach and Team Manager and was privileged to play in the same team as Susan Devoy.

In 1989 she moved to Auckland and due to the unreliability of her body Mary Ann took up Swimming

again. Visiting many countries attending world Masters events during which she won 2 golds 2 silvers and a bronze. 

When she is not in the water Mary Ann enjoys learning other languages, knitting, music and gardening and keeps her strength up by regularly visiting the Gym and has taken up a new sport 8ball.  With a passion to give back to the community Mary Ann serves on the NP Club Over 60s committee.  

The inspiration for the continuation of sport in her life was her father Tom Turbitt who was a top NZ hockey coach at the time and also represented NZ in 1931 and she lives by her grandad's motto
“I want to wear out not rust away”. 

In her own words: "our swimming motto Fun Fitness and Friends is so True"

Congratulations on being awarded The Barry Young Medal of Excellence and we wish you all the best!