Former Olympic Champion Becomes YNZ President
Rex Sellers was elected as Yachting New Zealand president at the 2005 Annual General Meeting held in Wellington
yesterday. Sellers edged out the only other nominee, Denis Mowbray of Christchurch for the position. Mowbray was
re-elected to the Board of Directors.
Sellers competed in the Tornado class at four Olympic sailing regattas winning Gold for New Zealand in Los Angeles in
1984, and Silver in Korea in 1988. Now 55 years of age he returns to the sport as President of the National body. He
takes over the role from retiring President Geoff Thorpe.
Residing in Howick, Auckland, Sellers operates a commercial fishing business based in Nelson where he went to High
School. He has been an owner operator in the fishing industry for over twenty years. He took up sailing at age eleven at
the Nelson Yacht Club and went on to record a long list of national and international titles culminating in the pinnacle
of Olympic success.
Since then he has been team manager and coach of national Optimist teams and also had involvement in Americas Cup
campaigns. His depth of history in sailing will prove valuable in his presedential role, connecting with regions and
yacht clubs nationwide.
Both Denis Mowbray (Christchurch) and Jim Murdoch (Kerikeri) retain their positions on Yachting New Zealand’s Board of
Directors following yesterday’s election. Soon a further two members will be appointed by the Board to complete the team
of eight who form the governing body of sailing.
Those who attended the Yachting New Zealand Annual General meeting heard about appointments and initiatives that have
taken place in the last six months at Yachting New Zealand. The Management team of Yachting New Zealand including Chief
Executive Des Brennan, High Performance and Youth Director Marty Watson and National Programmes Director Richard Brown
presented programmes that are being instigated or about to be launched by the national body. The membership showed their
positive support for the progress reported on.
”Much has been achieved in the past six months,” says Chief Executive Des Brennan. “Programmes underway extend across
the broad range of yachting issues and activities. It was pleasing to have substantial membership support and agreement
to lift members’ investment in Yachting New Zealand and our sport. I welcome Rex as out new President – he is a much and
deservedly honoured champion. The re-appointments of Jim Murdoch and Denis Mowbray retain valuable knowledge and
commitment to our programmes.”