Kestila planning now for 2014

New Dunedin Masters Games manager Vicki Kestila at the Lion Foundation Arena at the Edgar Centre yesterday. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
New Dunedin Masters Games manager Vicki Kestila at the Lion Foundation Arena at the Edgar Centre yesterday. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Vicki Kestila has been appointed Dunedin manager for the New Zealand Masters Games.

Kestila (41) comes into the job after long experience in customer services in Dunedin. She replaces Aaron Joy, who held the position from 2003 to 2012.

Her last job was with the Otago Rugby Football Union for five years.

"I was heavily involved with the World Cup where I was responsible for our 250 stadium volunteers," Kestila said.

Her role with the ORFU was to organise volunteers and control the sale of food and beverages for five All Black test matches and 20 Super rugby matches.

Kestila grew up in Dunedin and was educated at Kaikorai Valley High School. She is married to Michael and the couple have three adult children - Anton, Layton and Morgan.

She rowed with the Port Chalmers-United club for three years when she was a teenager.

Kestila has spent three weeks getting to grips with her new job and will be responsible for the delivery of the largest multi-event sports competition held annually in New Zealand.

She will have her first major task next week when she promotes the 2014 New Zealand Masters Games at the Canterbury A and P Show in Christchurch.

She will visit Wanganui next month to check out planning for next February's 24th New Zealand Masters Games there and will return north for the Games.

New Zealand Masters Games chairman John Bezett attended the Pan Pacific Masters Games in Brisbane this week.

Kestila plans to meet sports co-ordinators before Christmas and is seeking ideas about sports that could be added to the Games in Dunedin.

One of the major decisions to be made is the headquarters village for the Games. It was at the Forsyth Barr Stadium this year and before that was at the University of Otago Student Union.

There were 6142 athletes competing in 72 different sports at this years New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin.

Kestila is planning to get 7000 competitors for at the 25th Games, from February 1-9 2014. It will be the 12th Masters Games held in Dunedin.

This year, 50% of the competitors came from Dunedin, 15% from Canterbury, 13% from Southland, 9% from the rest of Otago, 7% from the North Island, 3% from Australia, 2% from Marlborough and the West Coast, and 1% from other overseas venues.


25th NZ Masters Games
At a glance

Date: February 1-9, 2014.
Venue: Dunedin.
Games manager: Vicki Kestila (41).
Family: Michael (husband) and sons Anton, Layton, Morgan.
Education: Kaikorai Valley HS.
Experience: Customer services with ORFU 2007-12.