Adair Craik

Region: Otago


Personal Summary

With many years of experience in Accountancy and Business Administration, I have been fortunate to be involved in many different areas of my profession.  Having been a director and board member for a number of organisations, this has also provided valuable experience in the many facets of administration and professional sport.


I believe I am a combination of young and old values.  I have very strong morals and believe in honesty and integrity. I also consider myself to be a person who looks outside the square because one size does not fit all and every person aspires to different values and has differing levels of dependency. The key is to get the best out of everyone, to help them understand their ‘Why”, in my mind, that’s something worth achieving.

Why are you interested in our organisation?

Triathlon has been a passion of mine for 35 years.  I have been involved at all levels in the sport, as a participant, organiser of events, Technical Official and on the Triathlon board previously. NZ is a country rich in talent.  I’d like to help to ensure that athletes, whether it be age group or elite, can participate in regular events, with the best support possible to reach their particular goals.


What are some of your prior board leadership experiences?

I was previously elected to the Triathlon NZ board for six years before the family had to come first. I am a professional director on the Tourism Waitaki board which also includes the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail where my role is to find the money to complete the $10 million dollar project.


I am also on the Skeggs Foundation appointed as a Trustee which allocates funds to athletes in the Otago region.


What skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on behalf of the organisation?

I am a Chartered Accountant, a useful skill to have to understand all the mysterious figures. I am a Life Advisor with Sport NZ. I have numerous clients who are professional athletes across a broad range of sports, which provides substantial insight into the mechanics and politics of sport.


I also have a number of clients who work as international coaches in sport or provide other services to athletes.


What qualities make a great board member?

Vision. Patience.  Practical application.  Willingness to find the best solution for an individual or organisation.


What personal qualities can you bring to the board?

Thinking outside the square.  Seeing everything as an opportunity.  Staying positive when the chips are down.  Research every situation thoroughly


What motivates you as an individual?

I want everyone to feel what it likes to be fit.  When a person is fit, they cope so much better with day to day stresses.  I love seeing how being fit can change a person for life.


What role do you think you would play on the board?

From a financial perspective, I believe my accounting experience would be valuable. From an age group perspective, I would bring energy, passion, ideas, and a not afraid to fail, attitude.


There is a saying “Doubt kills more dreams than failure every will”. So I always work on the philosophy, Have a go! Because you just don’t know how many people may have the same dreams as you do.