Life Membership

NZIODA Life Membership is an honour bestowed on an individual whose exceptional, loyal and outstanding service and contribution has provided a measurable impact on Optimist sailing in New Zealand.

Current Life Members


Bob Witham
Gerald Martin


All the below 1 year in 2023
Adrian Mannering
Peter Wilkinson
Mark Shapland
Kevin Brown
Nigel Rippey
Peter Dawson

Phil Turner
Ray Steele

Rob Burn


David Karyouz
John Bullot
John Olds
Kim Admore

Bryce Day

Barry Davies, Life member for 17 years in 2023

Keith and Kathie Elliot, Life member 18 years in 2023

Mike & Lorna Judd, Life member 19 years in 2023
Helen Eagalestone (deceased 2014), Life member for 10 years

Paul & Pat Pritchett, Life member 43 years in 2023

Updated 04.04.23


Life Membership is the highest Award available to recognise the exceptional contribution of an individual or individuals to Optimist Sailing in New Zealand.  It is therefore only awarded in exceptional circumstances to a recipient for long, well documented and meritorious service. 

Recipients must have during their time, advanced or improved the sport of Optimist Sailing significantly, such that their contribution is widely recognised as outstanding. 

Any current financial member of NZIODA may nominate another member for consideration for a Life Membership award.  Although the NZIODA Constitution does not stipulate a nomination be seconded, The NZIODA Committee recommend that a nomination needs to come from 2 or more members and then seconded by a Senior Member of NZIODA*.

Nominations must be submitted in writing and must be signed by either a current or previous member of NZIODA and then sent to

The nomination should be prepared so as to set out the achievements and activities of the nominee and at a minimum must meet the award criteria as set out below. 

Nominations must be received by the NZIODA Committee no later than the 1st of February preceeding the AGM which is held at Nationals in either March or April.

To nominate someone please fill in the attached NZIODA Life Member Nomination Form and review the Criteria and Guidelines for Life Membership and Nomination.

In considering the award of an NZIODA Life Membership an individual should have demonstrated significant, sustained and high quality service enhancing the reputation and future of Optimist Sailing in New Zealand.

The following points will be taken into account when considering any nomination:

  • The nominee’s length of service to NZIODA and Optimist sailing shall be at least 10 years.
  • The general attitude and overall demeanour of the nominee to ensure that the attitude is one that reflects a dedication to the values of NZIODA
  • The nominee will have demonstrated a commitment to the principals and values of NZIODA
  • The nominee will have provided valued leadership and/or been an outstanding role model to the members in general
  • The nominee’s service must reflect favourably on and brought credit to NZIODA

Important Note

The above points apply in whatever role the nominee has participated in during their service to NZIODA.  Achieving the minimum service levels will not in any way automatically guarantee the award of Life Membership.

All nominations must demonstrate attainment of minimum service requirements and other details of exemplary service.

The NZIODA Committee will assess any nominations for Life Membership based on the established criteria.  The NZIODA Committee will discuss and consider application over two regular NZIODA Committee meeting prior to the AGM ie February and March.

The NZIODA Committee will assess all nominations put forward and only those nominations that the NZIODA Committee considers worthy of Life Membership shall be endorsed and put to a vote at the Annual General Meeting.

The final list of endorsed nominations for the award of NZIODA Life Membership will be individually voted upon at the NZIODA AGM (a unanimous NZIODA Committee vote will be required for approval).  Life Memberships will be awarded at the next convenient NZIODA Ranking Regatta.

Retraction of a Life Membership may occur where the recipient has conducted him/herself in a manner that reflects directly and adversely on the image or activities of NZIODA generally. 

This provision will only be exercised in exceptional circumstances and will require the unanimous agreement of the NZIODA Committee to be enacted.  As part of the deliberations, the Life Member in question is to be given an opportunity to present their case for retention of their Life Membership status.

In addition to the status of membership of a select group within NZIODA, Life Membership will be recognised by:

  • Award of the Life Membership at the next NZIODA Annual General Meeting or next convenient NZIODA Ranking Regatta.
  • Listings in the NZIODA website and other official documents
  • A certificate and plaque of Life Membership
  • Invitations to attend all official NZIODA functions
  • Voting right at AGM*

This Award policy will be effective from 1st December 2020.  This policy is to be reviewed at the NZIODA AGM two years after introduction in November 2022.

By 1st February:
Nominations presented to NZIODA Committee on relevant forms.

NZIODA Meeting February:
Nominations reviewed by NZIODA Committee

NZIODA Meeting March:
Nominations reviewed for second time at NZIODA Committee if required.

Nominations presented to AGM

Presentation of Life Membership at NZIODA Annual General Meeting or next convenient NZIODA Ranking Regatta to be decided by NZIODA Committee

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