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AFC Committee & Team

Kat

Kat Mager

President

My diving started at the Great Barrier Reef, where I did my Scuba Open Water and had my mind blown by the underwater world. Moving on from there, I started spearfishing in September 2017 in Welly and then went on to freediving in April 2018. I love giving my best for our club!

More about Kat: Ocean lover, huntress, wildlife enthusiast, free spirit, multi-media creator. I love connecting with people and nature. Have been around the globe a bit and now treasure my life in Aotearoa and being part of some great communities. I work in digital marketing.

Sita

Sita Stichel

Secretary

I did a 3 day SSI course in 2017 in the Philippines and joined AFC in April 2019.

More about Sita: I work as an event rigger for a production company. I like hiking but don't do it enough. I recently started to force myself to Toastmasters because I hate public speaking. I'm a passionate pessimist 🙂

Allison

Allison Kennedy

Treasurer

My love affair with freediving started before I even knew it existed: breath holding competitions with my cousins in the community pool, diving for conch with my dad on our family holiday and snorkeling down to the sand and coral to get good fish photos. In university I first put my breath holding skills to use in
competition as part of the Illini Synchro synchronise swim team. Finally, in 2018 I took the leap and did my AFC induction to learn more about the safety aspects of breath hold diving. The fantastic and welcoming community of people, the organised and easy to access training sessions and the feeling of balance and relaxation I get after training prompted me to join the club and get more involved.

More about Allison: I am a Microsoft Certified Trainer with a Mechanical Engineering degree, so love tinkering with reports, numbers, and machines. In my non-aquatic free time you might find me travelling, knitting, in my garden or on one of New Zealand's pristine hiking trails.

Alex

Alex Poole

Memberships
I joined the club in 2018 and very quickly found that freediving gives me great personal challenges both mental and physical, but also great rewards. I have enjoyed meditation for many years so the process of relaxing the mind and body has been useful in life as well as during diving. The physical awareness of your body when diving and the control required to
push your personal best has been a fulfilling journey. The club members are a great bunch of people with safety as a priority, so training sessions are always fun, with plenty of events on during the year.
More about Alex: I work as a Project Manager, play guitar, produce music and DJ, love a
good party but enjoy the quiet times too.

Phil Nofins Clayton

Equipment
Been freediving since 2005, joined AFC on day1 in 2009, AIDA instructor (expired) still competing and still competitive. Love the club culture which retains the supportive, non-commercial, inclusive vibe of a group of people enjoying a sport they love.

More about Phil: Consulting engineer - earthquake geotechnical engineering. Love freediving (obviously), sailing, spearfishing and surf ski paddling. Never more at peace than when mucking around in the water.

Kelly

Kelly Chang

Training

Joined AFC early 2019 with an interest in spearfishing and I love being in the water.

I come from a background of competitive swimming and synchronised swimming and enjoy the challenges associated with freediving. The club diversity and culture at AFC is great and I look forward to supporting our community and learn more about the club and other members.

More about Kelly: I work as a mechanical engineer within the power industry. I enjoy hiking, spearfishing, and a good yarn.

Matt

Matt Gibbons

Communications
More about Matt soon!

Adrian

Adrian Bosi

Communications Support
Watching videos from various freedivers pushed me into trying it out at the end of 2016. I did a course in Puerto Madryn, Argentina with Alejandro Andres and got hooked. When I relocated to NZ, I knew I had to keep training; found AFC, got inducted and here I am. The club members are always willing to help, share knowledge and there's a big sense of camaraderie. For sure a highlight every week. Even though all disciplines are important, the one I'd choose any day of the week is DNF.

More about Adrian: I worked as QA Analyst/Tester for 10 years though my passion has always been film and music. Studied Classical Music and Music Production before realizing that my thing was Sound Post-Production (I'm the annoying person that picks apart all the sounds in a film).

Vaughan

Vaughan Podbielski

Committee Support
More about Vaughan soon!

 

Elizabeth Ackles

Committee Support - Health & Safety

More about Liz soon!

Lorenzo Garcia

Committee Support - Equality & Diversity

More about Lorenzo soon!

Brad James

AIDA 3 Star Instructor
After unsuccessfully trying to spearfish on and off for a couple of years, Brad joined AFC in 2014 to up his skills. He has since set new personal bests in every discipline leading to improved spearfishing while developing a passion for freediving which he looks forward to developing further.

Follow the Brad James Freedive Project