Adaptive Snow Sports Committee Election 2020

Snow Sports NZ have received applications from two eligible candidates to fill two vacancies on the Adaptive Sport Committee. Candidate statements are posted below.

Adam Hall

Short biography outlining your interest and experience in Adaptive Snow Sports

As a member and athlete of the NZ Adaptive Ski team for over 16 years, having represented NZ across 4 Paralympic Games, 6 world Championship campaigns and 16 years on the world cup circuit, my experience and interest within snow sports is mostly high performance from having represented Adaptive snow sports on the global stage. However, we have all had to start our journeys somewhere and for me it was over 24 years ago when I was introduced to adaptive Snow Sports through my home provincial branch at the time(otago). With my experience with my own journey I also have an interest from a grassroots side of the fence. I must also mention that during my time within Adaptive snow sports I was an adaptive snowboarder for almost 10 years. Snowboarding has been close to my heart for most of my career as it was the snowboard which helped set me on my current path.

What skills and expertise do you believe you can bring to the Adaptive Committee?

I believe the interest and experience I have gained over many years, having been involved and currently involved in different adaptive programs around the world,  will bring ideas to continue the growth of Adaptive snow sports in NZ from a high performance view but also a development view. I would love to brainstorm on how to build a very strong legacy and pathway which can be left to continue on. As a current high performance athlete I have been lucky enough to gain and learn great skills which I would like to help pass forward to the next generation and bring some fresh thoughts towards helping to keep building on a strong adaptive programme.

Wayne Crean

Short biography outlining your interest and experience in Adaptive Snow Sports

I have been involved with adaptive sports for over a decade with my son Josh Crean competing in swimming, shooting and most recently skiing. Josh is a pathway to podium athlete with Adaptive Snow Sports New Zealand and I follow and support Josh closely with his passion. I have also followed James Littlejohn, my brother in law, for some years during his involvement with adaptive snow sports.

I have attended and helped with running the Adaptive Snow Sports Festival in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and seeing everyone give it a go. In 2018 our family visited Winter Park, Colorado to see Josh who was training and racing with the development team. These were wonderful experiences. I have been on the committee for 2 years and wish to continue to contribute and support adaptive snow sports.

What skills and expertise do you believe you can bring to the Adaptive Committee?


Leadership and organisation skills from 20 years of senior management roles including strategic planning and financial management.

Governance experience from prior directorships including chairman of a not-for-profit. Member of Institute of Directors.

An intermediate to advanced skier, familiar with many of the ski fields in New Zealand and surrounding venues. Have assisted as gate marshal at North Island secondary school championships.

Project management and event planning skills.

Selection and recruitment of staff, coaching and mentoring. 

Experience with committees, teachers, coaches, parents, students from involvement with school sports and cultural activities including netball, rowing, basketball, skiing and music.