Raylene Bates

Bachelor of Applied Management- Business Transformation and Change and Sports Management, 2011

Athletics NZ Lead Coach – High Performance Paralympics

Raylene Bates has rubbed shoulders with various New Zealand sporting legends.

Yet it might be better to say those greats have rubbed shoulders with Raylene — and in doing so have become better athletes.

Raylene has dedicated more than three decades of her life to coaching athletics, including more than 25 as a volunteer coach.

Specialising in throwing disciplines, she has worked with New Zealand legends Dame Valerie Adams and Dame Beatrice Faumuina.

Most recently, she helped guide New Zealand javelin thrower Holly Robinson to a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Employed fulltime by Athletics New Zealand, Raylene was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her service to athletics in the 2017 New Year Honours. She also won the Shining Light Award at the Attitude Awards last year, in recognition of her involvement with Paralympians and the work she does to enhance the lives of people with disabilities.

Raylene’s long and illustrious career includes the following highlights: 
> Athletics NZ Team Manager: 2006, 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games; 2008-2012 Olympic Games; 2008-2012 Paralympics; numerous World Championship events
> Board member Athletics Otago
> Life member of Athletics Otago and Athletics Taieri
> High performance coach with more than 30 years of coaching, including 25 as a volunteer
> Attitude Awards 2017 (Shining Light Award)
> MNZM, 2017 New Year Honours