Waikato Tennis Trust

Meet our Staff & Board members

Regional Tennis Development Manager - Wayne Peterson

Wayne Peterson joined the team in November 2021 as the Regional Development Tennis Manager of the Waikato/Thames Valley regions.

Wayne has a background in sales & marketing in both the IT and Clothing industries.
Prior to joining the Trust Wayne was Club Manager for six years at Cambridge Racquets Club.
Wayne is passionate about tennis and ensuring that there is growth and participation at all levels, competitive and recreational.
Tennis, a Game for Life is a mantra that rings true for me.

E:  manager@waikatotennis.org.nz 
M:  027 290 7290  


Waikato Tennis Administrator - Rosie Smith

E: admin@waikatotennis.org.nz
M: 021 147 8699

Rosie joined the team in 2022 and manages the Administration for Waikato/Thames Valley Tennis.  Rosie grew up playing tennis at the Cambridge Racquets Club and then on to the Waikato Tennis Centre as a junior.  Rosie continues to play tennis now and supporting the growth of tennis in the Waikato. 

Groundsman - Trevor Roberts

Trevor is an integral part of the team, he is our little worker bee, handyman and groundsman, ensuring our facilities are well maintained  and looked after for all to enjoy who visit our Tennis Centre. Please direct all facilities enquiries to the manager manager@waikatotennis.org.nz 



Board Chair -  Jason Cargo


E: chairman@waikatotennis.org.nz
M: 027 861 9790
Jason came onto the Board in 2020, followingprevious Trustee governance roles and Waikato Tennis President in the early 2000’s. He is life member of Hamilton Squash & Tennis Club and also plays for Hamilton, as well as Karaka club in Auckland Interclub. He has represented various Waikato teams and NZ Seniors at World Championship tournaments.  Jason’s professional role is Waikato Regional Manager of BTW Company who are a multi discipline consultancy in Land Development, 3 Water infrastructure and innovative client solutions. He is a Licenced Cadastral Surveyor and held a previous role at Hamilton City Council as a Key Account Manager.

His prior governance roles include Councillor for NZ institute of Surveyors (now Survey & Spatial), Go Eco and currently a Board member for Waikato Chamber of Commerce. He is passionate about the game of tennis and the Waikato.

Board Deputy Chair -  Tracy Bowell

Tracy came to tennis relatively late in life and has been making up for lost time ever since. She is a member of Cambridge Racquets Club and plays Senior and Midweek interclub as well as competing in tournaments. She joined the Board in 2019 having previously held a governance role with Waikato Thames Valley Tennis and with her club. Tracy's professional background is in universities. She has degrees from the Universities of Sussex and Cambridge and a PhD from the University of Auckland. Her current role is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Teaching and Learning at the University of Waikato. 

She brings many years of management and governance expertise to the board, together with experience in project leadership, planning and staff development. She is particularly focussed on increasing participation in tennis, particularly from under-represented groups, and on fostering strong, mutually beneficial relationships with the Trust's constituent clubs.

Treasurer - Richard Owen

Richard is a passionate tennis and squash player who has been using the tennis and squash facilities for the past forty two years. He has been President of Lugton Park Squash for three years, President of Lugton Park Tennis for ten years, and Treasurer for eighteen years. Richard is a chartered accountant and is a partner in Owen McLeod & Co chartered accountants and auditors.

Board Member - Kathy Mailing

Kathy has fond memories of her local tennis club being the social hub of the community, and nowadays enjoys having a friendly hit with family and friends. She has a son who plays interclub for Beerescourt and she has been on the Beerescourt Tennis Club committee. Kathy is passionate about the game of tennis being for everyone but in particular is keen to support the growth of junior tennis in the Waikato, and to foster sponsorship and funding opportunities. She has a business degree in sport management, and a Master's in International Development. Her business experience has been in event and project management, sponsorship and fundraising and she has worked for over twenty years in the non-profit and education sectors.

Board Member - Graeme Martin

An experienced General Manager, Graeme is skilled in the management of large business units and organisations, particularly from a sales and revenue generating viewpoint. He sets clear strategic direction and has the ability to change direction as needed, in order to deliver on required outcomes. Graeme has demonstrated success in leading teams and organisations faced with financial, post-merger and/or growth challenges through significant change programmes has resulted in the delivery of improved performance and strategic and operational clarity. Graeme is a Life Member at Cambridge Racquets Club and still a very active player at club level and proudly represented Waikato in the recent Seniors National Teams Event.


Where to find us

Waikato Tennis Trust
60 Old farm Road Hamilton East Hamilton East 3124