Experienced leader returns to Otago

Peter Drew.
Peter Drew.
Basketball Otago has a new boss.

Peter Drew was yesterday announced as the association's new general manager.

He will begin next month, replacing Justin Ludlow, who resigned in August.

Drew, in his early 50s, is originally from Dunedin and brings considerable experience in sports administration and coaching.

He attended Logan Park High School and played basketball under Carl Dickel when the school made the national final.

However, it was tennis that he excelled at.

After completing science and physical education degrees at the University of Otago, Drew became a professional tennis coach in New Zealand and Australia.

During that time he completed a masters, before working for Tennis Australia.

He then shifted to the United Kingdom and worked his way into the role of CEO at Tennis Wales.

Since returning to New Zealand he has been the CEO at Wellington Hockey.

Drew was excited to be returning to Dunedin to take on the new challenge.

''I grew up playing basketball here and it's a sport that has so much potential in Otago'', he said.

''Basketball here is the number one participation sport, so it's a great vehicle for getting young kids active and positively engaged in sport.

''I'm excited to be able to use my experience to help Basketball Otago to continue to really capitalise on that potential.''

Meanwhile BBO chairwoman Angela Ruske said the board was thrilled with the appointment.

''We are very fortunate that Peter's desire to return to the South Island to be with family and his passion for basketball and sports administration has created an opportunity for BBO to employ someone of this calibre.

''We would like to wish Peter all the best as he embarks on exciting times with the growth of basketball in the Otago region.''

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