Change of pace for globe-trotter
For someone as well travelled as Lou Beer, covering Matamata-Piako as district sports co-ordinator for Sport Waikato shouldn’t present too many difficulties.
The Te Aroha resident was born in Zambia, grew up in Wales, attended university in England and served as a captain in the British Army in hotspots including Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Bosnia.
After completing a business administration degree at university in Hertfordshire, Lou entered the army training centre at Sandhurst, gaining her commission.
After the end of her eightyear tour of duty she followed her heart and came to New Zealand and Te Aroha with partner Tony Lauder in 2003.
Lou then linked up with Diprose Miller Chartered Accountants in Te Aroha, working there for three years, before having time out to raise a family. A son, 6, and daughter, 5, both attend Te Aroha Primary School.
Voluntary roles since coming to Te Aroha include with the Waikato Plunket board, school PTA, Te Aroha Squash Cobras hockey.
‘‘ I’ve always been involved in the community,’’ said Lou.
Wanting to get back into the workforce, she said the Sport Waikato role is perfect for her. ‘‘I’m really proud.’’ Starting last week, Lou was on the road meeting contacts across the district.
One of her first major jobs
and is organising the district sports awards, presented in the Matamata Memorial Centre on November 13.
Nominations close on Friday: sportwaikato . org. nz or Sport Waikato district offices.
If anyone in Matamata has an idea or projects that you would like Lou to get involved with, phone 027 226 5297 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New district sports co-ordinator: Lou Beer.