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Damar Continues to Grow with Appointment of New CEO

Damar Continues to Grow with Appointment of New CEO

At the end of last year our Owner and Board of Directors commenced an intensive search for a replacement CEO to lead Damar into a new and exciting era. Damar is pleased to announce that we have now appointed Christopher (Chris) Bradley as our new CEO. 

Chris currently resides in Auckland, New Zealand and the family, with wife Vanessa and 4 children, are eager to make the move to Rotorua to commence his new role. 

Chris graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 1985 with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (finance and accounting), and he later went on to study in the UK where he gained his Masters of Business Administration at the Cranfield School of Technology. 

Chris brings decades of experience to the business and has a proven track record of taking businesses across a variety of sectors to the next level. Previously, Chris was the General Manager at Coregas, CEO of Supagas, Executive director at Skin Shield Products, Consultant to Easy Factors International and ADL, Managing director at Fullers Ferries and General Manager at ENZA in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Middle East. 

There are extensive opportunities for Damar that lie ahead both domestically and internationally and we couldn’t be happier with Chris joining our Damar family and helping us and our customers achieve continued growth and prosperity. 

Chris commenced his new role on the 28th of January. 

Ecomist Blue Lake Festival

Ecomist Blue Lake Festival

AnnaCThe 32nd Ecomist Blue Lake Festival was a huge success over the Auckland anniversary weekend.
Over 400 participants enjoyed the superb weather and pushed their limits with the swim, cycle and run categories. Registration for the kid’s triathlon sold out in advance and plans to increase the number next year are in the works.

Rotorua of Triathlon and Multisport (RATS) Event Director Marie says, “The Ecomist Blue Lake Festival is an event that is accessible to anyone who can run, swim or cycle, it is not just for elites, but an affordable fun weekend for the whole family. It has been a wonderful weekend.” All participants received a can of Ecomist tropical strength personal bug repellent and an SFP20 Ecomist lip balms plus, other great sponsored giveaways.
World’s Top Swim Chap Javier Gomez Noya was there to support his Tauranga born partner and also participate in the 2K Javirswim, in which he placed 1st.
Javier says, “I love it here, I have been training in NZ for a couple of months. NZ traditionally has great triathletes and medalists, I have been racing with New Zealanders for a long time.”
Javier says he loved training and racing as a child and is now a 5 time Triathlon world champion, 4 time European Champion, Olympic Silver Medalist London 2012, IM70.3 world champion, X-TERRA World Champion, an impressive record.
Javier says NZ has great training facilities and he plans to stay in NZ to continue his training over the next couple of months.

KingQueenyWorld multisport winner Sam Osborne from Rotorua won the title of King of the Lake this weekend, sparking his first overall win at the Blue Lake Festival Event, with a combined time of 1h 53m 11s.
Queen of the Lake Hannah Knighton from Tauranga completed the triathlon with a combined time of 2h 3m 9s. Winners got an Ecomist bug pack filled with al kinds of goodies, including our Ecomist Automatic Dispenser, Sniper, Insect Grenade and more.

Marie has enjoyed the excitement around the event and seeing people of all ages and abilities competing. “There’s no reason to not get involved, as it caters to everyone, we look forward to holding the event next year and will discuss increasing the cap on the kids triathlon as this has proved very popular this year.”

For more information on the winners, time and other events visit Rats Website and follow on RATS Facebook.

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Ecomist Blue Lake Multisport Festival 2017

Ecomist Blue Lake Multisport Festival 2017


Spectacular weather graced the Rotorua Association of Triathletes and Multisport club at the annual Blue Lake Multisport Festival (BLMF), in Rotorua this past weekend.
Some 400 entries over the two day event included local families, friends, athletes and organisations around the North Island.
Event Director & Club President Graham Perks says, “The Blue Lake Multisport Festival is our main fundraiser for the club and it is hugely significant to us to have Ecomist on board as our naming rights sponsor. This is a wonderful part of New Zealand which needs to be celebrated and the support we get from Ecomist and other sponsors ensures we can showcase it in the best possible way by having people swim, bike and run.” Graham says the Blue Lake Multisport event is one of the longest running events in the country, celebrating their 31st year.

The major cash prize and prestige of winning the King and Queen of the Lake was up for grabs for the best overall times across three events – Aquathon, 2km Open Water Swim & the Sprint Triathlon. This grass roots event drew some world class athletes including Olympian Sam Warriner and International Triathlete Bryan Rhodes, to compete for the titles. Sam says, “I love this event and encourage people to enter. There is something for everyone in a beautiful location.”

On Sunday, Sam was crowned Queen of the Lake, Sam says she has competed for 5 years and was so proud to win the overall prize, something she can share with her family and children. Kieran McPherson, an avid triathlete who is competing internationally as well as in NZ, was crowned King of Lake.

1st Sam Bradley-Warriner – Olympian
2nd Natasha Bowyer – won the wetsuit category in the open swim
3rd Hannah Howell – young up and comer from Taupo

1st Kieran McPherson – International Triathlete
2nd Clark Ellice – ex ITU NZ triathlon rep
3rd Andrew Lloyd – 2016 King of the Lake

The 2k Hinemoa Swim trophy competition is a legendary competition across the lake, with the swim tradition dating back before the 1960’s. The BLMF asked the Council if they could use the trophy for the Blue Lake 2K swim without a wetsuit, in 1994 and they been fortunate to continue the across the lake event and awarding athletes with the Hinemoa trophy each year.


Women’s non-wetsuit swim podium
1st Milla Theobald (trophy held by her sister)
2nd Emily Spear 3rd Annelyse Cowie

Mens non-wetsuit swim podium
1st David P Boles
2nd Damon Cowie
3rd David Blackmore


BLMF kids triathlon was also a big hit – children as young as 4 competing in the cycle, run and swim competition. And to conclude the weekend a 5K fun run and walk allows everyone a chance to enjoy a trek around the beautiful Blue Lake.

Spot prizes and giveaways were also part of the weekend and Ecomist Starter Packs were up for grabs along with the Ecomist Bug Bullet personal repellent, a handy summer must have by the Lake. Natalie Riddler claims one of the Ecomist Prize packs on Saturday.

Graham says, “We have a wonderful range of events and encourage people to enter and mix it up, we know anyone who does the event once, loves it and is always keen to come back.” The funds raised from the event helps the Rotorua Association of Triathletes and Multisport to grow as a club and target increasing participation in the sport. “This year we have introduced some Triathlon Fundamentals coaching sessions with a paid coach which has enabled us to reach further into our communities and get people active,” he says.

To find out more: www.rats.org.nz