Raised in a single parent family from south Auckland and went to Takanini Primary School. A foundation pupil of Greenmeadows Intermediate and Captain of the Manurewa High School First XV.
Served 24 years in the Justice Department as a Court Registrar and Prison Inspector, followed by 10 years in the private sector in manufacturing and the hospitality industries.
Went to Auckland University as an adult student and graduated in Human Resource Management in 1995. Learnt the value of sport at a young age through participation in boxing, rugby and rugby league. Represented Counties Rugby at Roller Mills and then Auckland Rugby League at age group level.
Became a Life member of the Auckland Rugby League Referees Association in 1995 after serving for 26 years as an active referee, on the Executive Committee for 5 years and held the positions of Secretary and Treasurer of the Association.
Committed to providing sporting opportunities to as many young people as possible so they too can enjoy the fun of sport and meeting the lifetime friends through that participation.
Served as a Trustee at Counties Manukau Sport for two years before becoming the CEO in 2006.
Born and raised in Glenfield, family links are Ngati Pikiao Rotorua and Friesland Holland. Janine moved to Howick where she resided for over 20 years, before shifting to a lifestyle farm in Pukekohe.
Janine’s career history started in Public Service administration roles, later shifting to consultancy work. Working for the Sports Foundation has been a career highlight.
“Having grown up in a one-income family where Dad did shift work, my parents always felt sorry they couldn’t afford to pay for sport, or take us kids along. The only sporting opportunites available were what we learnt at school. The memory of missing out, is now what drives me to always try and expand our youth programmes at CM Sport”.
Kylie Norton National Programme Manager (Ready Steady Go Kids)
Kylie is originally from Christchurch where she was born and breed and is of Ngai Tahu decent. Both of her parents were from Kaikoura so you could find her there most school holidays when she was growing up and where she still heads to during the summer.
After studying a Bachelor of Sports Coaching degree and diploma in Sport Management Kylie found herself in Vancouver where she lived for 4 years managing a large gym.
After the Christchurch earthquakes Kylie came home to Aotearoa and based herself in Auckland where she has been living for the last 7 years. Through the last 7 years Kylie has worked successfully in franchise models in the fitness/sport industry and she is really excited about taking Ready Steady Go nationwide.