Change of pace for globe-trot­ter

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By STEVE ED­WARDS

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

Club

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 loub@sport­waikato.org.nz.

Photo: STEVE ED­WARDS

New dis­trict sports co-or­di­na­tor: Lou Beer.

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