Selwyn Maister belongs to a unique group of New Zealanders – the 1976 men's hockey team who won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Montreal – the only time a New Zealand hockey team has enjoyed Olympic success. He played representative hockey for Canterbury from 1964-1980 and captained New Zealand in 1973-74. A Rhodes Scholar, Selwyn played in three Olympics and won a Blue for Oxford University. He coached after retiring from playing and was assistant coach of the New Zealand women's hockey team at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
Maister has been president of the New Zealand Olympians' Association and won New Zealand Sport's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Most recently he has been appointed president of Paralympics New Zealand.
Selwyn played for Christchurch Boys High School 1st X1 during some golden years for the school team winning the Rankin Cup, the premier secondary school hockey trophy in New Zealand, by 12-1 in his final year. He went on play for the Canterbury Senior men’s team for 17 years until 1980, punctuated by 3 years playing overseas. Canterbury had a highly successful period in the 1960s and 1970s winning the Challenge Shield for 9 consecutive years.
He said visitors would be well catered for with the city's main facility at Nunweek Park, the home of Hockey Canterbury.
"It is a very fine complex and visitors will find everything they require to enjoy their games and they will be able to play in great surroundings.
"Christchurch has a fantastically rich hockey history. The game in the South Island started in the district in Kaiapoi, Christchurch, Ashburton and Tinwald. It was a very English tradition that grew out of the English-style schools in Christchurch." He said.
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