Michael Beauchamp (President)
Andi Fear-Ross (Chairperson)
Lives in: Christchurch
Family: Married to Aaron, Two children – Luca and Milly
Current Polo club: Burnside Canoe Polo
First started playing canoe polo: 1991
Andi began playing canoe polo at High School as part of her Outdoor Education programme. She played her first nationals the year she started in 1991 where she was selected for the NZ Junior Womens Team. In 1994, Andi was selected in the NZ Women’s team to travel to GB, England for the Inaugural World Champs but withdrew due to injury prior to departure. Although she stayed involved in polo enjoying it at a domestic level, it wasn’t until she toured Europe as co-coach of the USA team in 1998 and saw the sport being played on the continent and at World Champs that she felt inspired to get fully involved again. As part of her OE/during her time living in the UK, she was selected for the GB team where she was a member of the national womens team for four years. This included winning a Gold medal at the European Champs in Poland (2001) and her highlight of winning a gold medal at the World Champs in Japan in 2004. She has trained and played with some outstanding players and while in Europe she created various teams with other international players from France, Germany, GB and Italy playing in weekend competition and in 2005 she was invited to bolster an Italian club side in their National League, leading them to their finals competition. She took another break from the international scene to have children and return to NZ. 2009 led her back to national honours where she played for NZ at the World Games in Taiwan in 2009, co-coached at the Oceania Champs the same year, followed by competing at the World Masters Games where her team took the gold medal.
Andi joined the board in 2015, and currently works as in a variety of contract roles.
National Polo involvement
Australian Junior Tour 1992: NZ Junior player – Gold Medal
Aotearoa Champs: 1995 NZ player
World Championships: 1998 Co-coach of USA and Referee, 2002 GB player, 2004 GB player – Gold Medal, 2014 (Referee) European Champs: 2001 – GB player – Gold Medal, 2003 – GB Player – Bronze Medal World Games: 2009 Oceania Championships: 2009 (NZ Women’s Co-coach)
World Masters Championships: 2009 – Gold Medal Nationals/National league A Grade: 1992-1995 (Purple Death, Soggy Ducks, Petals – UCCC), 1996-1997 (Auckland), 1997-1999 (Burnside), 1999-2008 (Meridian and St Albans, UK), 2005 (Palermo, Italy), 2009-2016 (Nemesis and NemMRS – Burnside)
Lives in: Palmerston North
Current Polo club: Kiwi Canoe Polo
Lives in: Hawke’s Bay
Family: Married to Trevor, two adult children – Jordan and Lexi
Meryn grew up in Manawatu (went to Feilding High School). She moved to HB in 1985.
First came across canoe polo in 2006 when her son started playing at Intermediate and has been involved with Havelock North Canoe Polo Club from its foundation in 2010. She was Secretary from 2010-2016. 2012-2014 she was on the Canoe Polo Hawke’s Bay committee and was overall Squad Manager for seven B/C grade national league teams (2013 & 2014) and winter league coordinator (2013/2014). Late 2014 she was one of the group who formed the new region of Eastern (splitting from Central) and has been the Secretary since it’s inception in 2014 . She was the assistant Manager for U21 women at World Champs 2016 in Sicily; Women’s Squad Manager for 2017 Oceania Champs and 2018 World Champs in Canada. U21 Boys’ Manager to Ireland & Belgium 2019.
Her experience on committees; management experience and good knowledge of players from grassroots to elite. She likes to find solutions to problems that make the game better for players.
Originally from: Masterton
Lives in: Christchurch
Current Polo Club: Burnside Canoe Polo
Began Playing: 2008 for Wairarapa Paddlers
Andrew began playing canoe polo at Wairarapa College and joined Wairarapa Paddlers in 2008. He competed at Open B Grade competitions for four years. Since 2012, Andrew has competed in Open A Grade as a player in Bailiffs and Justice.
Andrew has coached Burnside Canoe Polo teams. Specifically, in 2016 the Open B Grade team Sentinels and since 2018, has continued to coach Nemesis (Womens A Grade). In 2019, Andrew was appointed head coach of the New Zealand Under 18 Womens teams which competed at Oceania 2019.
Andrew provides knowledge from a range of perspectives driven by his passion for Canoe Polo. He was appointed to the board in 2019.