Athletics Wellington Life Membership Award – Todd Stevens

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Every successful sports club and sports body often have a backbone family who have gone beyond the call of duty in their passion for the sport. In Wellington’s case you cannot go past the Stevens family (dynasty). Since the 1920s, the Stevens family have made a massive contribution to the advancement of athletics not only in their own club, Scottish, but the Wellington region, and the nation and even internationally. Todd Stevens is the third generation Stevens to make his mark on centre and New Zealand athletics. He follows his grandfather Alfred, and his father Alan in contributing to Athletics Wellington as previous Chair of Athletics Wellington and the current Chair of the Cross Country Committee. He also organised several highly successful Athletics NZ national Championships for the region, and is generally seen as ‘a safe pair of hands’ in delivering high quality events, and in terms of strategy and thought leadership. Todd has is a very intelligent individual, who is completely unflappable, calm and collected, a big picture thinker, and excellent relationship manager with a huge passion for advancing our sport for the benefit of all.
Achievements:
Athletics Wellington
• Chairman of Athletics Wellington from 2010 to 2014
• Athletics Wellington Treasurer from 2015 to present
• Chair of the Cross Country and Road Committee 2011 to present
• Scottish Club Captain from 1992 to 2012
• Successful Race Director for the 2011 and 2012 NZ Road Championships hosted by Athletics Wellington
• Successful Race Director for the 2018 and 2019 NZ Cross Country Championships hosted by Athletics Wellington
• Instigator of the successful Children’s Cross Country series in the Centre for many years
• Secured a funded Athletics Wellington Sports Development position that helped drive the children’s cross country series, but also helped grow the sport more generally in Wellington, including supporting the Athletics Wellington Centre Team.
Wellington Centre Performances 
• Starting as a seven year old, he showed early promise becoming multiple Scottish Junior Club Champion & winning the Vosseler Shield
• He gained the Scottish title for the Senior Championship twice
• Won the Wellington marathon title
• Todd was named the Athletics Wellington Distance Athlete of the Year in 2013
• Unbeaten as a Master in 2013 Wellington interclub competitions
• A proud achievement for Todd was being a member of the high calibre winning Centre team at the 1998 NZ Cross Country Championships, which included Jonathan Wyatt, Rob Conder and Hamish Smith
Athletics New Zealand
• New Zealand Marathon Champion in 2003 when he won the prestigious Rotorua Marathon. He surpassed his father and grand-father by being the first family member to win a national title, and the prestigious marathon title at that!
• NZ Cross Country Masters age group champion in 2013 and 2018
• Multiple NZ Road Relay titles, senior men and masters
• Member of various Athletics NZ working groups, including levy structure and format of winter championships
Congratulations Todd – and well deserved!

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