KartSport Executive Nominees For Office
KartSport New Zealand 2021 Annual General Meeting 22/22 August
Kartport Affiliated Clubs will vote for each position at the AGM. KartSport has received nominations for the following positions for election in 2021.
Executive South Island & Appointed Academy Director
I Tiff Chittenden, wish to stand for the position of South Island Representative and to be on the KartSport New Zealand board for 2021/2022.
I believe I have the drive and knowledge to not only represent both clubs and competitors but also understand the sport and industry so will be able to see the “bigger” picture when it comes to growing and developing its future in New Zealand.
In terms of qualifications for this role I have not only raced karts for over 25 years but I have also worked within the sport in many different roles throughout the world which has given me valuable insights and experience into what could and could not work in New Zealand. I was twice Junior British Champion and in 2007 won the British DD2 Championship. I have represented Great Britain once and New Zealand three times at the Rotax World Finals and am still the highest place female ever to compete. I have also competed and managed New Zealand Drivers at multiple International events including the Supernationals in Las Vegas which is the biggest Kart race in the World. As well as this experience I have worked with some of the world’s leading manufactures & leading authorities in Motorsport and have been trained in professional coaching by the FIA and Motorsports Sports Association in the UK. This makes me one of the only Coaches in New Zealand with this level of qualification.
As well as the practical experience and qualifications I have gained over the years, I have lived and breathed KartSport for over 30 years. I believe it is part of who I am today as I have travelled all over the world and met many influential people in my life due to the sport which ultimately brought me to settle in New Zealand. I have great passion and love for the sport and I appreciate the support and effort put into KartSport New Zealand by the current volunteers and Board. However, I do see a need for a big push and a change in direction to enable it to survive and flourish in the future. To enable these changes to happen I believe that the younger and current members of KartSport need to stand up and help the already established members of the board that have put in the groundwork so far. I believe I can be an asset to the board as the South Island representative because I am active within the sport and have the drive to make the sport the best it can be, I have witnessed what New Zealand drivers can do on the International scene and I want to bring all the positives from what I have seen work elsewhere home to KartSport New Zealand.
Through my work coaching in New Zealand, I have witnessed first-hand the difficulty for newcomers to the sport and I would like to help both young and old have a better experience when they first come to the sport. I believe this will grow KartSport in many ways and appreciate that without the grassroots of karting we will not be able to achieve success in any form, whether Nationally or Internationally.
I am aware that I am still extremely active in KartSport in a professional manner, and that this may create doubts for some in supporting me, as they may fear I will not be able to be partial. On this matter, I can only say that if you know anyone I have worked with they will certainly say that I am harder on my drivers than anyone on the outside and that I always educate them to act on the side of fairness and sportsmanship. I am very confident that in my role I will be able to act impartially and always on the side that I believe is best for the sport, the clubs and the licence holders.
Should your team have the confidence in supporting a fresh but experienced member to represent you on the Executive I would be honoured to accept your clubs support for a nomination firstly for the position of Executive South Island. Given my kart and car coaching/instructor roles see me stationed all over the nation I would be delighted if you would also nominate me, as a backup, for “Executive Either Island” which is also up for election. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or suggestions.
Links to Further Information:
Executive: North Island
I would like to put myself into the mix as a candidate for one of the positions (North Island or Either Island) on the KartSport Executive.
Like so many of you, I can see a huge opportunity to bring the 'best-kept secret in sport' to a far greater audience, enabling us to grow enquiry and bring newcomers to our awesome world of karting. This starts with grassroots karting at a club level and filters right through to the top level. Using my years of marketing experience alongside a lifetime of being around karting, this is an opportunity to help make karting bigger and better than ever!
I've been involved in karting since I was two years old - in 1982 when my father was racing Yamaha's at the Hawkes Bay Kart club. I started racing when I was 8 years old in what was then midgets (lawnmower motors) along with my brother. My father was treasurer of the NZKF sometime back in the early ’90s when Norm Collison was president and Mark Jenkinson vice president.
After racing at a top level in Junior and then Senior Yamaha, including a North Island title in 1995, I had a 16-year break from karting from 2000 through to 2016 and now race in KZ2 and KZ2 Masters. I take a much more relaxed approach to my own racing now than when I was a youngster as I realise my chances of becoming an F1 driver are becoming fairly slim at the ripe old age of 40!
My commercial experience is in Digital Marketing, having recently sold my partnership in an agency we built over many years, I now mainly work as a Digital Marketing strategist, trainer and coach for SME's. My website is www.reganhall.co.nz
I have many years of experience in various executive and board-level roles. I'm currently an elected board member of Heart Of The City, NZ’s largest business association and a very influential part of Auckland’s central business district. I’ve been on the board there for 6 years now and previously held a similar role with the Newmarket Business Association for 3 years. I’ve also held committee roles on a small sports club and the Auckland Rotary Club.
I would be honoured to bring my skills to the table and join what I see as an already very focussed and professional executive that would hopefully benefit from a slightly more youthful member who can lead the team's new focus on marketing for recruitment and retention for both members and volunteers.
I would sincerely appreciate your support for the positions of Executive North Island or Executive Either Island.
I am happy to answer any questions you may have - my contact details below. Regards
021 652029 firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive: Either Island
Married to Marina
Three children, 12, 15, & 18.
Tax & Private Partner - Deloitte
President - KartSport Auckland Inc. - July 2020 to present
Treasurer - KartSport Auckland In.c - June 2019 to July 2020
Member of Board of Trustees - Odyssey House Inc. - September 2014 to present
Member of Various Advisory Board - with a strong focus on Strategy, Governance and Finance
BCom/LLB (Accounting & Finance) - University of Auckland
Admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor in the High Court of New Zealand - never practiced
Karting - DD2 - 2019 to present
New Zealand Track & Field Team for Oceania Games - 1994
6th 400mH Oceania Games - 1994
Auckland Track & Field Team - regularly until 1995
National Champion Team - U20 4*400m - 1993 - Auckland
What I want to bring to the Sport
A strong focus on growth of Driver and Official numbers at the grass routes level.
A strong focus on the Governance of the Sport; including
New enthusiastic fresh blood with fresh ideas.
My promise - To consult widely, and always do what I think is best for KartSport. I will always change my view when I am shown a better option.
Linked in Profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/darren-johnson-1b854215/
Telephone: 09 570 1392
Executive & Support Team