Remembering Peter Booker
Passed away 26th April 2023
Topic: Peter Booker Funeral
Time: May 5, 2023 12:30 PM Auckland, Wellington
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Peter’s family have advised there will be a Memorial Service Friday 5 May at 1 pm in the John Walker Lounge, #2 Arena, Mt Smart. Park in Athletes Car Park of O’Rorke Road, Penrose.
Like most of our officials and administrators Peter first became involved in the sport as a parent taking his three children (Brent, Gavin and Natalie) to athletics at the Manurewa Club. But it didn’t take Peter long to join up as a member of the Manurewa Club in 1977 and be elected on to the Track and Field committee of the Club. He was Secretary in 1978 and from 1979 to 1990 was Chairman of the Track and Field committee and was also on the executive of the Club. Peter ran the weekly track and field meetings for four year olds up to masters catering for up to 500 athletes each night. He also ran the Stevenson Shield ribbon days.
Peter was chairman for seven years of the South Auckland Children’s Association (now Counties Manuakau) and organised the South Auckland Children’s championships.
From 1981 to around 2000 Peter officiated at Auckland junior track and field meetings.
Peter joined the Papakura Athletic Club and was a committee member of the Club from 1992 to 1995, and was involved with the weekly club night meetings.
For ten years 1996 to 2006 Peter was heavily involved with the Counties Manukau Track and Field Club on club nights and organising League teams.
Peter has been chairman of Athletics Auckland’s Track and Field committee from 2000 through to 2021 and served on the Board of Athletics Auckland until 2021. He has officiated at Athletics Auckland meetings continuously since 1989.
Here is a summary of Peter’s specific contributions he has made to the sport:
Trans-Tasman: toured as a parent 1981, section manager 1983.
Colgate Games 1981: Officiated and organised event.
Oceania Championships 1994: Committee member and official.
World Masters Games 2017: LOC Chairman.
New Zealand Track & Field Championships and other Games and Meetings
1990 Commonwealth Games Track Umpire, official marathon and walks.
1999, 2000 Marley Games.
2001 Mt Smart LOC committee & officiated
2008 Mt Smart started on committee end up in charge Meeting manager
2012 Waitakere LOC chairman and meeting manager.
2013 Mt Smart LOC chairman event manager.
IAAF Permit meeting Waitakere 2010, 2011 meeting manager.
Managed NZ combined events championships in Auckland.
Auckland team manager to National T & F Champs 2006 Christchurch, 2007 Inglewood, 2009 Wellington, 2010 Christchurch.
Auckland team manager to combined events championships for six years.
NZ Secondary Schools
Nationals Mt Smart 2005 LOC Meeting manager.
North Island 2007, 2008 LOC Meeting manager.
Developed coaching DVD targeting 10 to 16 Jumps, Sprints, Throws & middle distance.
Designed new electronic field event indicator boards and organised the construction of a new hammer cage. Built moveable pole vault covers. Also organised funding and building of high jump covers.
Received an Athletics Auckland Merit Award.
Awarded service to sport Manukau City Council in 2000.
Awarded service to sport Counties Manukau 2000 and 2012.
Received an Athletics New Zealand Merit Award 2013.
Was accorded Life Membership of Athletics Auckland 2013.