Wrestling stal­wart hon­oured

Brian Stan­nett awarded NZOM in honours list

Waipa Post - - News -

Brian Stan­nett has been made a Mem­ber of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit for ser­vices to wrestling.

Over a long and il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer span­ning over six decades, the 75 year old has served as a com­peti­tor, ad­min­is­tra­tor, coach and ref­eree at a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level.

Brian’s wrestling achieve­ments in­clude na­tional cham­pion in ban­tamweight divi­sion 1968/1971, na­tional vet­er­ans cham­pion 1971, and he rep­re­sented New Zealand at the NZ/Australian cham­pi­onships 1968.

He was New Zealand’s na­tional coach for three terms, in­clud­ing for the 1974 Com­mon­wealth Games in Christchurch where the New Zealand team won one gold and two bronze medals. He also of­fi­ci­ated as New Zealand team man­ager at the 1986 Com­mon­wealth Games in Ed­in­burgh, the team win­ning two sil­ver medals and one bronze.

The long-serv­ing ref­eree was awarded Asia/Ocea­nia Most Out­stand­ing Ref­eree/Judge in 1999.

Brian was na­tional pres­i­dent of the New Zealand Olympic Wrestling Union from 2003 to 2008. He has also served as na­tional se­lec­tor, na­tional trea­surer, ju­di­cial panel mem­ber and di­rec­tor of pro­mo­tions.

In 1997 he qual­i­fied as an in­ter­na­tional judge ref­eree, is rated as one of New Zealand’s top mat of­fi­cials and reg­u­larly ad­ju­di­cates at in­ter­na­tional events.

He is cur­rently trea­surer of the Ocea­nia Olympic Wrestling As­so­ci­a­tion, pa­tron and life mem­ber of Te Awa­mutu YMI, New Zealand sec­re­tary gen­eral of the New Zealand Olympic Wrestling Union up un­til Fe­bru­ary, 2018, and life mem­ber of New Zealand Olympic Wrestling Union.

At a lo­cal level, he started wrestling at YMI Te Awa­mutu as a 13 year old. He has been dis­trict coach, ju­di­cial panel mem­ber and chair­man/pres­i­dent of Waikato Wrestling. He at­tended Te Awa­mutu Col­lege from 1954-57 and is listed among those on the Col­lege Hall of Fame.

Brian said he was very sur­prised to be among those on this year’s Queen’s Birth­day hon­our’s list.

“I of­ten used to joke with my mother — ‘not this time mother, never mind there’s al­ways next year’ when­ever the awards rolled around.

“Lit­tle did I know I would be hon­oured in fu­ture years. I have no idea who sup­ported and spon­sored me. I think it’s great for the sport. Hope­fully wrestling can ben­e­fit from it.”

I have no idea who sup­ported and spon­sored me. I think it’s great for the sport. Hope­fully wrestling can ben­e­fit from it. BRIAN STAN­NETT

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BRIAN STAN­NETT MNZM

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