Former Silver Ferns Belinda Colling and Maree Bowden have been appointed as Personal Development Managers for the Otago and Canterbury Rugby Unions respectively.
The highs and lows of the sporting world are something the two new South Island PDMs appreciate. They also understand the importance of having a balance and planning for life after sports. They are both eager to share their experiences and encourage players to make the most of personal development opportunities available to them while they’re in the rugby environment.
Belinda Colling represented New Zealand from 1996 until 2006, notching up 91 games, including playing in three Commonwealth Games and two Netball World Championships. She also played for the New Zealand women’s basketball team in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
At a national netball level, the 41-year-old played for the Otago Rebels from 1998 before moving to the Canterbury Flames in 2001 until her first retirement in 2005. She then moved to Scotland to join her husband Charlie Hore, who continued his rugby career in the United Kingdom. Belinda, the niece of former All Black Lin Colling, pulled the bib back on to play for the Southern Sting in 2006 and retired again with the impending birth of her second child that same year.
Belinda worked for High Performance Sport New Zealand in the Athlete Life programme, supporting netball players.
The 41 year-old said, “I am really excited to be part of the rugby community and meeting the people in my environment. I am looking forward to working with them and helping them achieve their goals off the field.“
37- year-old Maree Bowden captained the Silver Ferns to their first FastNet series victory in 2010. She represented New Zealand from 2006 until her retirement in 2010. “I think it is really important that the athletes are engaged in something meaningful outside of rugby post rugby,” she said.
Maree played for the Canterbury Flames in the National Bank Cup and continued with the Mainland Tactix when it became the ANZ Championship in 2008. She took over the captaincy of the team in 2010 until her retirement in 2012.
The mother of one also runs a successful health and wellbeing business called 100% Project, which delivers programmes for schools and businesses.
I think it is really important that the athletes are engaged in something meaningful outside of rugby post rugby - Maree Bowden