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Ambassadors 2016

New Zealand Masters Games is proud to present the Games Ambassadors who are out there enlightening everyone about what they have to gain by being part of the Masters movement. 

Tony Gilbert

Tony Gilbert 2014-cropped

A true mentor and father of rugby, Tony has played a significant leading role in the development and promotion of Rugby not only in Otago, but worldwide. His first golden moment was in 1997 where he coached Kaikorai to their first club premiership in 76 years – I think they’re still celebrating! The following year, Tony coached the Otago team to win the Air New Zealand NPC, a day Otago will remember forever. During his two years as Highlanders coach, the team made the semi-finals in 1998 and hosted the Final in 1999.


Tony was appointed assistant coach of the All Blacks in 2000 and 2001 and then took up a two year appointment with the Scottish Rugby Union to coach the Borders team. When Tony returned to Dunedin he was on the Otago NPC management team and in charge of recruitment for the Otago Rugby Football Union.

Tony is greatly acknowledged and thanked for his dedication and commitment in creating the platform for rugby that the deep south now has. He is a proud family man who shares his stories with friends, family and best of all his grandchildren. 


Alison Shanks

Alison Shanks

Dunedin born and bred, Alison Shanks became New Zealand’s golden girl of the Velodrome achieving World Champion status twice for the Women’s 3000m Individual Pursuit in 2009 and 2012. She also won Gold at the 2011 Deli Commonwealth Games and came fifth in the team pursuit at the 2012 London Olympics and fourth in the individual pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Alison Shanks says “I’m a big fan of the country’s largest multi –sport event. The Masters Games provides an opportunity that allows that competitive instinct in us to stay alive and kicking - having a challenge to strive for and then test yourself in competition is a healthy way to live, and what better way to do it than with a bunch of friends and some party time thrown in between!"

“I'm really looking forward to coming home to Dunedin and getting involved in what will be a vibrant and exciting event for the city. Dunedin will always be home to me, so any opportunity to jump on a plane and come back to our stunning city - I'll be there! “


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