Kirsty studied at Lincoln College (way back in the 80’s), then backpacked around the world for four years before returning to settle in Gisborne.
Kirsty has been involved in sport most of her life, as a participated, volunteer or administrator, golf and yoga are the main choices these days.
Formerly the Community Sports Manager at Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti, this role included managing the Tairawhiti Rising Legends - a programme that recognises, supports and develops local talented athletes to compete on the world stage. After a move to Auckland in 2014, Kirsty saw a new role as the leverage and legacy manager for the Rugby League World Cup 2017 (NZ).
Kirsty joined the Foundation as the first sports adviser in November 2018 and was fortunate to travel to Japan twice in 2019. This first trip was with the Foundation’s Sports Forum, which took ten New Zealand PE teachers to the country to learn about it's culture and relationship to sport. Her second trip took her to attend the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The next couple of years will be an exciting time for sports fans in New Zealand, Kirsty is working with the LOC’s (Local Organising Committees) to create opportunities for the Foundation to be involved in these events.