ANDREW DUNCAN – COMMUNITY HERO

Andrew Duncan’s contribution to sport and his community on and off the playing fields is the stuff legends are made of.

HUGE CONTRIBUTION RECOGNISED-Andrew Duncan with the impressive trophy he won for his contribution to Buller sport and the community

Living at Westport in the stunningly beautiful and rugged Buller region on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Andrew is a born and bred Westport man.

He is the CEO of Buller rugby and at 36 years of age he’s the youngest provincial rugby CEO in New Zealand. A very good halfback in his playing days, he represented Buller in the Heartland Championship from 2010-14 and still plays representative cricket for Buller.

(He’s part of Buller cricket folklore being in the team that caused arguably the greatest upset in Hawke Cup cricket history when they beat Canterbury Country for the coveted cup, the symbol of minor association supremacy in New Zealand. That is a seperate story and we’ll be running that on AbsolutelyFamous soon).

This is a seperate story and we’ll be running that on AbsolutelyFamous soon

History Making Hawke Cup Winning Team.

While Andrew no longer plays rugby, he is heavily involved as the CEO of Buller Rugby with a staff of two others. 

There is new female rugby development officer coming on board also to help facilitate what is expected to be a significant surge in female playing numbers on the back of the Black Ferns World Cup triumph and the continuing brilliance of the Black Ferns womens and mens sevens teams.

The youngest provincial rugby CEO in New Zealand.
CHAMPION-Andrew Duncan about to kick a goal for Buller in the Heartland rugby competition

Andrew spent a few years out of Westport, attending St Andrew college in Christchurch for the last two years of his secondary school education on a cricket and rugby scholarship and afterwards played for the Lancaster Park Cricket Club in Christchurch.

When he returned home to play rugby for Buller he was also their combined cricket and rugby development officer from 2011-14.

He’s obviously doing a great job as CEO because the Buller is ranked number one as far as people’s overall experience of rugby in the region is concerned after a recent nationwide survey and his focus is very much on connecting and building the grass roots of the game.

The New Zealand Rugby Union’s recent lucrative financial deal with USA company Silver Lake is boosting the provincial union coffers and the $500,000 allocated to Buller will go towards building and improving infrastructure including new facilities to cater for the expected big increase in female players.

FAMILY AND SPORT-the two most important things in Andrew’s life From left, Ainslie, Spencer, Andrew and Poppy after one of Buller’s Heartland rugby clashes

Andrew is married to former New Zealand triathlon rep Ainslie (nee Savage), the couple have two children, nine year-old son Spencer and five year-old daughter Poppy.

The couple are currently training hard towards another huge sporting challenge, the London Marathon later this year.

Be careful when you tell your wife "Let's do something together" and she suggests - The London Marathon !

HARD YAKKA- another tough training run with his wife Ainslie

Andrew kindly took time out to chat to me this week, listen to our interview below and please share our stories with your friends.

Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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