About Our Team

Our vision is success for extraordinary young New Zealanders on the national and international stage. The Adastra Foundation was established in 2007 to provide financial and mentoring support to extraordinary young New Zealanders in their pursuit of excellence.

To date, the Adastra Foundation has awarded 457 scholarships totaling $2,117,000.

Trustees

Cath Cheatley

Cath Cheatley

Cath Cheatley represented New Zealand as a road and track cyclist . She competed at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
Cath moved to the United States from 2009 to 2012 to race for the Cheerwine and Colavita-Sutter Home pro cycling teams in the women’s elite professional events.

She also competed for many years in Equestrian, Soccer, Harriers, Swimming, Rugby and Hockey.

Cath moved to Cambridge with her husband, Dayle (head track cycling coach) with the centralisation of cycling to the Avantidrome (their second home)!

Amigene Metcalfe

Amigene Metcalfe

Amigene was on the Silver Ferns Netball Squad between 2000-2004 and was captain of the Waikato/BOP Magic Netball team between 1999-2008. She previously represented New Zealand in the NZ Womens Touch Team and was captain between 1999-2003, for three world cups. She also represented NZ in athletics at the 1984 & 1988 Pan Pacific Games.

Amigene is a currently employed at St Peter’s as the Director of Netball and as the Assistant Coach to the Magic Netball Team.

She is married with three children and living in the Town of Champions.

Andy Roche

Andy Roche

Andy Roche is a Kiwifruit grower from Katikati and has been involved in several sports at local, national and international level. In 1974 Andy was a member of the New Zealand wrestling team to the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch and was later Wrestling Coach at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. In 1991 he joined the staff of Sport Bay of plenty and later became involved in disability Sport heading the Development of the ‘No Exceptions’ strategy for the Hillary Commission and the ‘Coaching Athletes with Disabilities’ programme for Coaching New Zealand.

He has attended two Para-Olympic games as coach for the National Boccia Team and was part of the New Zealand delegation to the United Nations for the development of the Convention on the ‘Rights and dignity of People with Disabilities’.

Jennifer Palmer

Jennifer Palmer

After 6 years as National Grants Manager for the Perry Foundation, Jennifer became the General Manager of the Brian Perry Charitable Trust in 2010. In this role she has overseen the development of the Te Awa River Ride – a cycleway alongside the Waikato River and played a key role in the development of the Home of Cycling’s Avantidrome.

Jennifer is also a Trustee of the Skycity Hamilton Community Trust, a Trustee of the Home of Cycling Charitable Trust and the former Deputy Chair of the Waikato Institute of Leisure and Sports Studies.

Originally from Ottawa Canada, Jennifer is married to Craig and together they have twin daughters.

Kevin Burgess

Kevin Burgess

Kevin Burgess has been a community pharmacist in Cambridge since 1981 and has had a long and active involvement within the Cambridge community, serving on both sporting and community organisations. He has been involved in sports administration since the mid 1980’s and became a life member of the Hautapu Rugby Club in 2012.

Kevin has been a judge at the Waipa and Waikato secondary Sports awards for 15 years and is a passionate supporter of rugby, rowing, netball, cricket and lately, cycling. He has also mentored/sponsored numerous athletes over the years.
A joint founder of Perago Trust for promising athletes in Cambridge, Kevin is also a partner of Inside Running, a sports management company.

Advisors

Mike Chunn

Mike Chunn

Mike Chunn is CEO of the Play It Strange Trust which implements music programmes – songwriting, recording and stage performance – across NZ schools.

After graduating Bachelor of Engineering – Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (Ak University), he started out his professional musical career as bassist with Split Enz and Citizen Band – between 1972 and 1980. Then he ran Mushroom Records and Sony Music Publishing from 1981 through to 1991. Then from 1992 to 2003 he was Director of NZ Operations for the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). He was appointed CEO of Play It Strange in Nov 2003.

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Sponsors

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