15 July 2012
Sport has dominated Dave’s life since he was a child. Growing up he used to dream of playing cricket for New Zealand. At school he played cricket, rugby, ran and got into freestyle wrestling.
Selected for a tour of India with the New Zealand wrestling team at the age of 17, he was spurred on and wrestling became the dominant sport in his life over the next seven years.
It was an injury that led to him leaving wrestling, but Dave later picked up running competitively. From 1987 he became the race director for New Zealand Ironman Triathlon for a full decade.
In 1988 he was appointed executive director of the Halberg Trust, a role he served in until 2005.
Selected as Chef de Mission for the Paralympic team in 2000, Dave has also performed that role for two sets of Olympic Games and two sets of Commonwealth Games.
In 2009 Dave was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM). In the same year he was appointed manager of the Black Caps, a role he stepped down from recently to focus on his duties as Chef de Mission of the New Zealand Olympic team for the London 2012 Olympic Games.