A Personality of the Year has been awarded by Squash New Zealand since 1974. The award recognises contribution to squash in New Zealand either as a player, administrator or supporter of squash.
The Award is chosen annually by the Squash New Zealand Board and awarded at / around the Annual General Meeting.
When deciding the Board look for outstanding individual qualities such as leadership, inspiration, dedication and passion and / or personal characteristics that might set them apart from others, either by their deeds or achievements. It can include philanthropic endeavours and other contributions (e.g. a benefactor).
Personality of the Year: Wayne Werder - Bay of Plenty
This year’s award goes to someone who has been a NZ representative player, a leader, an administrator as well as an event-builder.
In April 2017 Tauranga hosted the World Junior Squash Championships – the first time a world championship event had been held in the city. It required a huge team effort to put the event together and deliver what was without doubt the best ever world junior championships the world squash community has ever seen. It also required someone to lead the event from start to finish - to oversee the operations, to engage with the local community, to raise the necessary funds, to provide the drive, enthusiasm and professionalism to ensure the event was delivered to highest possible standard.
Wayne Werder is a member of the Devoy Squash & Fitness Centre, BOP Squash community, and the NZ Squash community who has contributed at all levels over the years both regionally and nationally.
Wayne was appointed Chairman of the organising committee for the World Junior Championships held in Tauranga in 2017. For two years he worked tirelessly behind the scenes in what was a fully voluntary role.
As Chairman of the committee Wayne was the key driver for the event.
He was involved in every aspect of the organization, securing funding (approx $750K budget) - Managing budgets - Liaising with WSF - Recruiting staff & volunteers- Managing staff - Running countless meetings - Looking after sponsors/partners- Dealing with suppliers/contractors- Communication with all stakeholders - Liaising with host clubs - Referee recruitment and management- Logistics support – airfares/accommodation etc - Handling entries - Overseeing Opening Ceremony - Overseeing draws - Arranging functions - Media responsibilities - Reporting
His passion and determination to deliver a world class event was clear. He wasn’t prepared to compromise his vision, and a World Class Event we did have.
|Year||Personality of the Year|
|2017||Wayne Werder - Bay of Plenty|
|2016||Paul Coll, Squashways Canterbury|
|2015||Paul Coll, Squashways Canterbury|
|2014||Joelle King, Cambridge|
|2013||Joelle King, Cambridge|
|2012||Butch Gifford, Morrinsville and Waikato|
|2011||Don Cotter, Auckland|
|2010||Joelle King, Cambridge|
|2009||Shelley Kitchen, Herne Bay|
|2008||Susie Simcock, Remuera|
|2007||Aileen Buscke, Remuera|
|2006||Shelley Kitchen, Browns Bay|
|2005||Rob Walker, Club Kelburn|
|2004||Tamsyn Leevey, Wainuiomata|
|2003||Carol Owens, Eden-Epsom|
|2002||Susie Simcock, Remuera|
|2001||Paul Steel, Whakatane|
|2000||Leilani Joyce (nee Marsh), North Shore|
|1999||Trevor Johnston, Ashburton|
|1998||Chas Evans, Upper Hutt|
|1997||Leilani Joyce (nee Marsh), North Shore|
|1996||Susie Simcock, Remuera|
|1995||Jade Wilson, Palmerston North|
|1994||Paul Steel, Whakatane|
|1993||Paul Steel, Whakatane|
|1992||Susan Devoy, Henderson|
|1991||Susan Devoy, Henderson|
|1990||Susan Devoy, Henderson|
|1989||Susan Devoy, Henderson|
|1988||Susan Devoy, Henderson|
|1987||Susan Devoy, Henderson|
|1986||Ross Norman, Panmure|
|1985||Susan Devoy, Henderson|
|1984||Susan Devoy, Hamilton|
|1983||Susan Devoy, Hamilton|
|1982||Robyn Blackwood, North Shore|
|1981||Stuart Davenport, Havelock North|
|1980||Ross Norman, Panmure|
|1979||Murray Day, Hamilton|
|1978||Neven Barbour, Henderson|
|1977||Bruce Brownlee, Geyser City|
|1976||Bruce Brownlee, Geyser City|
|1975||Pam Buckingham, Panmure|