Alison Hazlehurst

1983 to 1987

Alison had many ‘strings to her bow’.  She was an extremely talented sportswoman with a physical presence envied by many budding sportspeople.  She was a school champion swimmer  - 1983 Junior Girls.  She was a member of the tennis team – runner up Junior Girls doubles at Waikato Secondary School Champs – netball 3rds A (GK).

 

1984 – Intermediate Girls swimming runner up (to Angela Brown) and GK 4ths A.

1985 – Intermediate Girls swimming champion.  Netball College B (9 wins in interschool games, 1 draw and 1 loss), winner of the Waikato ‘B’s’ tournament – 5 wins!

1986 – Senior Girls swimming runner up (to Joy McMurray) Three Thames Valley titles, one Waikato title and 2nd and 3rd in North Island. Netball College A – Waikato Secondary Schools’ Champions, undefeated against 10 schools including Queen Vic and Auckland Girls Grammar, 3rd in NZ U18 finals.  Most persevering Sportswoman

1987 – Sportswoman of the Year, Swimming – Senior Girls Champion, Netball – College A Captain, undefeated in inter-school matches, semi-finalists in Waikato, 2nd in U18 regionals.

Alison was selected as a Matamata A representative in ’87.  In the ’87 magazine the following comments were noted in “Team Characteristics”  Alison has had a most spectacular year’s netball.  Excellent concentration and reading of the game.  As well as having the stature for the position (GK), Alison possesses the agility to clean out any loose play from the opposition and took many impressive interceptions.  Wonderful attitude, dedicated and has the ability to go places!

 

As well as sporting ability, Alison gained top results academically and was a very studious.  She completed 7th form and gained a bursary.  Alison was Head Girl in 1987.  On leaving college Alison attended Otago University and graduated with a Diploma in Physiotherapy and then completed her Post Graduate Diploma at Auckland University.

 

On completion of her studies she work in private practice in Matamata and Auckland and subsequently owned two private practices in Auckland.  Since 2000 she has her own consulting business working within New Zealand and Australian Corporates providing injury prevention training and advice.  She frequently speaks at conferences in NZ and Australia educating business and other health professional.  A lot of her time is spent in high profile companies providing injury prevention training and advice – Air NZ, Fletcher Building and Construction, Fulton Hogan, Foodstuffs, Goodman Fielder, Department of Conservation, Carter Holt Harvey, Progressive Enterprises, Tegal Foods, Coca Cola etc.

 

Alison has never lived outside of NZ but has travelled a lot for work and personal travel to places like Thailand, Bali, Fiji, America, Hawaii, Vietnam, and Vanuatu.

 

Alison has had a number of articles published and attached at the foot is an article of interest on ‘Physical Smarts’.

 

Nowadays Alison is into personal fitness and no longer participates at a high level.