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Shooting the Goal

Heather Verry (née Richardson) balances her passion for sport with leading national business.

Heather discovered her passion for sport while at Queen Margaret College and would later return to be the first Director of Sport.

The Berwick supporter studied at QMC from 1961 until 1971 after enroling because her mother wanted her to attend a school with smaller class sizes.

Heather was the Berwick Sports Captain, Senior Athletic Champion and Vice-Captain of the Senior A Netball team while at school.

“PE was my favourite time of day,” Heather says.

Heather says her favourite memories of the College were of the Old Hall, the Tower and the friends she made.

She says mutual respect was the most important lesson learnt at school.

“QMC gave us a rounded education with as much focus on arts and sports as well as reading, writing and arithmetic.”

Heather left school wanting to be a PE Teacher however was too young to go to Dunedin to study so went to Polytech instead.

She worked in commercial organisations until she had children.

While she stopped work to have children Heather became the Secretary of Wellington Netball, and stayed in the position for 15 years. She has been awarded a Life Membership to the organisation. She is also recognised on the QMC Old Girls Honours Board for Services to Sport.

“I recommenced full time work as the first Director of Sport at QMC then spent 10 years working in the social services, headed to Manfeild as CEO for 6 years and then NZ Police Association as CEO,” she says.

Heather says she enjoyed being part of the Sports Department QMC.

“We rebranded it so that people would understand the difference between Sport and PE. I loved heading off each night to watch the different sport teams and even got to enjoy Underwater Hockey,” she says.

“The kids were all great – you got to know a different side of the pupils from what the regular teachers knew. They were doing something they really loved and it was a delight to see them excel and know I had a small hand in assisting their sporting achievements.”

Heather says her advice for current QMC students would be to live life with “an open mind”.

“Embrace change and don’t be afraid to challenge conservatism and mediocrity. The world is your oyster – get out there and enjoy it.”