Sue was an extremely motivated academic, a sportsperson and enjoyed the arts. Many people will remember Sue’s Dad Joe, who was an icon at Matamata Intermediate and was a Representative Rugby Coach for Roller Mills and for a few years for Waikato School Boy Rugby. He was, towards the end, a NZ Coach trainer, and was flown around NZ to coach the coaches. Sadly Joe passed away far too young and didn’t get the pleasure of seeing his children and grandchildren reach their potential.
Sue gained School Certificate, University Entrance, Higher School Certificate (Form 7) and gained Bursary at University.
She led a busy life at school with all her interests and talents – librarian, gymnastics, netball, lifesaving, school productions and orchestra.
From school Sue attended Waikato University graduating with a BSc (Waik), PGDipIT (Waik), DipT (HTC).
Sue has had a number of teaching positions starting at Te Awamutu College; Matamata College; then St Peters College [Auckland]; Epsom Girls Grammar [HOD and database administrator]. Her qualifications gained her employment as a database programmer at Hort Research and SDS Ltd as a database Programmer and an Access database developer during a four year break from teaching between 2001 and 2004.
She has travelled extensively including USA, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Canada.
Recently Sue has been chosen to represent Auckland at the 45-49 Masters Hockey in 2014 as the team’s Goalkeeper. She has her NZ umpires badge in hockey and has umpired at various national age group tournaments. Sue enjoys skiing and has skied in numerous countries. She is off to Wyoming this Christmas (2013) for skiing, and hopes to get to Europe sometime soon. Sue has been to BMX world championships as a BMXNZ Representative. Her partner is on the BMXNZ Committee and is Vice President for the UCI Oceania Federation. Sue has been assistant team manager on occasions including this year when the BMX World Champs were held in Auckland (850 riders – she and her other assistant team managers had to manage). Sue has been very fortunate to travel around the world with her partner to many events, including the World BMX Championships in China and Denmark, and to the World Road Racing Championships in Switzerland.
Currently Sue is still teaching at Epsom Girls Grammar and still programming, and is the database Administrator for Epsom Girls Grammar School.
Sue has four sons, two (Adrian and Trystan) attended Matamata College. Adrian was head hunted by OI Glass as an Electrician after his apprenticeship ended, and Trystan is training to be a PC Engineering Technician. Sue’s partner is a criminal lawyer. He has five grandchildren so Sue has the privilege of being a Grandma also!