Our Patron: Tom Pryde

Tom Pryde is Sport Southland's patron.

Tom was a founding trustee of Sport Southland in 1990, serving on the board for nearly 10 years. 

A former senior rugby player, Tom has been at the forefront of Triathlon, Multisport and Adventure Racing in New Zealand, both as a competitor and as a race organiser. 

His dedication and service to sport was recognised in early 2015, with Tom featuring in the Queens Honours as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Community and Sport. 

Tom has served on numerous boards and trusts and was President of Triathlon New Zealand. He successfully orchestrated the bid for, and helped organise, the World Triathlon Championships held in Queenstown in December 2003 and the ITU Triathlon World Cup in New Plymouth in 2005. The Queenstown event won a NZ Tourism Award. 

Tom is well known in Southland as a Trustee of the Halberg Trust, which has dual aims of recognising sporting excellence through the Westpac Halberg Awards along with assisting young people with a disability participate in sport and active leisure. 

He succeeded Derek Turnbull - 'the world's fastest old man' - as Sport Southland patron in 2007.

Sporting History


Sport Southland - Founder and Inaugural Trustee from 1992-1997; Appointed Patron in 2007 
Southland Sports Administrator of the Year 2003 
Chairman Southland Amateur Sports Trust; Trustee 1983-present

Surf Life Saving

Member Oreti Life Saving Club 1962-2007
Club captain for about eight years
Committee member for many years (about 20)
President/club coach/competitor/beach patrol for several years
Tom now acts as mentor and honorary solicitor for the club. 


Committee, Murihiku Swim Club 
Secretary, Otago University Swim Club, late 1960s 
Member, Foveaux Masters Swim Club for the last 20 years
Organised, piloted and swam on several Foveaux Strait crossings over 30 years 
Organised and competed in the only end-to-end Lake Wakatipu relay swim, 2007 
Organised the only end-to-end Lake Wakatipu solo swim, 2012 (won by Ben Campbell-McDonald)
Organised and competed in the inaugural Thirteen Lake Swim Challenge in the Southern Lakes, 2007 


Senior player in Dunedin and Invercargill 1967-1978.
Old Boys Rugby Rugby Club senior team captain 1976-1977, committee member in the 1970s and also 1990s, president for two years in 1990s
Solicitor to Southland Rugby Union, 1971-present
Chaired Southland Rugby Union disciplinary hearings 
Trustee, Charlie Saxton Trust (Highlanders' support), 2004 
Member, Rugby World Cup 2001, Southern Regional Committee, 2007 
Initiator/trustee, Team Southland 1995-1998. The trust raised over $750,000 to support the Southland Provincial rugby team into the professional era of NPC Division One 


Founded Southland Triathlon Club 1983 
President, Southland Triathlon Club 1983-1993; Committee member 1983-2003. Life member 1998 
Introduced sport of triathlon to both Southland and Central Otago by running the first ever events in 1983 
Honorary Solicitor, Triathlon New Zealand 1985-present, board member 1985-2004, vice-president 1995-2000, president 2000-204 (including Olympic Games in Sydney and Athens), life member 2005 
VIP guest at Sydney Olympics and Manchester Commonwealth Games, and official at Melbourne Commonwealth Games 
Brought World Championships to Queenstown in 2003; World Cups to New Plymouth in 2005, 2006 and 2008; Winter Tri World Cup to Wanaka 2006 and 2007 
ITU Constitution Committee Member 2000-2007
ITU Multisport Committee Member 2013-present 
Race director of about 100 races in Southland and Central Otago over the last 30 years 
Occasional competitor in triathlon, multisport and adventure races including Coast to Coast 19 times 1983-2012
Director of organising companies of World Triathlon Championships - Auckland 2012 and Junior World Cycling Championships - Invercargill 2012