Hall of Fame Inductees
Article (by Dean Taylor) and Photograph courtesy of the Te Awamutu Courier
Te Awamutu College added nine more inductees to its Hall of Fame last week — hosting six for a presentation and morning tea at their alma mater. This year’s inductees included two sportsmen, two racehorse trainers, a chef, three academics and our current Mayor.
The late Alastair Scott has featured in our pages recently, as one of the finest statisticians New Zealand has produced. Professor Scott served the University of Auckland with distinction from 1972 to 2005. His research was characterised by deep insight and he made pioneering contributions across a wide range of statistical fields.
Paul Keall is currently a Professor at the University of Sydney and Director of the Radiation Physics Laboratory. His work is broadly supported by the NHMRC Australia Fellowship Innovations in Medical Physics to Improve Human Health with additional funding supporting individual projects.
Judith Aitken has extensive experience in public sector structural analysis, governance, education, health, local government and resource management (qualified RMA), risk analysis and evaluation. One of the highest profile roles for Dr Aitkin was the Chief Review Officer for the Education Review Office, a significant role in shaping the focus for teaching and learning in the education sector in New Zealand.
Graeme Sanders boasts one of the best records of any trainer in New Zealand. He first trained in partnership with his father, training great Bill Sanders, in 1970, with the duo winning the trainers’ premiership five times that decade. Mr Sanders, who brought up 1000 training wins in January 2006 continues to be actively involved in the racing industry as he has also experienced the role of an administrator in New Zealand racing.
Young gun Andrew Forsman is one of New Zealand’s top horse trainers, in partnership with Murray Baker he has either won, or been in the top three trainers in New Zealand for four of the last five years. With an average strike rate of five or less he has built a reputation as one of the best trainers around, currently training more than 200 horses, with winning stakes of well over $10 million.
Jim Mylchreest is currently serving in his second term of Mayor of Waipa. He has a 25-year management career in local government and has been involved in numerous successful projects throughout the Waipa region. including CEO at Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust. He was also Te Awamutu college Board of Trustees chairman from 2000-12.
Nathan White, a former Waikato and Chiefs rugby prop, played 13 tests for Ireland from 2015-16. He moved to Leinster from Waikato and the Chiefs in 2011, and quickly shifted to Connacht where he qualified to play for Ireland. He featured in all five Ireland games in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Dean Brindle started racing Mini Sprints at Kihikihi when he was still at school, aged 16. He has run two successful racing campaigns in the USA. His major successes include being 1NZ, 2NZ and 3NZ, winning the National Series at Western Springs and also being Team Captain for the New Zealand International Sprintcar Team.
Ben Bayly was inspired to pursue his passion for cooking at Te Awamutu College. As a young chef, he was awarded Commis Chef of the Year 1999, National Youth Skills 2000 and received the Bill Gallagher Scholarship at Johnson and Wales University of Culinary Arts in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Back in New Zealand he has just opened his third restaurant in Auckland.
For more information about Te Awamutu College Hall of Famers visit www.tac.school.nz/ our-school/hall-fame
TIMELY OPPORTUNITY: Chef Benjamin Bayly gets his jacket off to show Culinary Fare competitors Jorja Ashmore and Zavier Letford how to bone a chicken prior to this week’s event.
TE AWAMUTU College principal Tony Membery (right) hosting new Hall of Fame inductees (from left) Benjamin Bayly, Graeme Sanders, Andrew Forsman, Dean Brindle, Nathan White and Jim Mylchreest. Also inducted were Dr Judith Aitken, Professor Paul Keall and the late Professor Alastair Scott.