The Trustees are excited to announce the appointment of David Gerrard as Patron of the Trust. David is an Associate Professor at the University of Otago. He currently holds the position of Director of Development and Alumni Relations in the Office of the Vice Chancellor, having been Associate Dean to the Faculty of Medicine and the Dunedin School of Medicine, since 2000.

Dave GerrardHis publications and areas of medical research include paediatric sports medicine, undergraduate medical education, sports injury prevention, bioethics and anti-doping strategies in sport.

David is immediate past Chair of Drug-Free Sport New Zealand, currently Chair of the New Zealand Drowning Prevention Council, and holds positions with international sports medicine committees including the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Swimming Federation.

He was a 1964 Olympian, swimming gold medallist at the 1966 Commonwealth Games, an Olympic team physician, Chef de Mission and Medical Commissioner for a period of eight Summer Olympics.

David remains an avid surfer, fancier of Central Otago wines, student of calligraphy and long-suffering devotee of the Highlanders Rugby Team.