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Mark Berge obituary

Swimming Wellington mourns the passing of Mark Berge, Life Member and leader in the community.


On Saturday 6th February, Mark Berge, at the age of 62, passed away suddenly.

Mark was someone who was synonymous with Swimming Wellington for longer than most of our swimmers have been swimming. His demeanour, whether at the pool or outside in support of the community, was caring and considerate. Those who met Mark through the sport will remember his bold ideas and visions for the long-term future of swimming. This symbolised his love for the sport, something he embodied throughout his life.

Beginning with TSW Dolphins and then with Capital after the merger, Mark brought his commercial expertise to the governance and leadership of swimming.

In addition to Swimming Wellington, Mark was also a director and deputy chair of SNZ for 5 years and was instrumental in trying to modernise the organisational structure of our sport. Many of the initiatives developed at that time have helped shape our sport today.

For Swimming Wellington, he led the development of governance and strategic direction for the region. He initiated the establishment of the regional office, chaired the review of the competition calendar, initiated the annual awards events, and was heavily involved in presenting the region’s case for support from the local, regional and national bodies – Sport Wellington, Wellington City Council, Sport NZ and Swimming New Zealand.

Mark was recognised for his contribution and achievements having received –

- Swimming Wellington Life Membership
- Capital Swim Club Life Membership
- Swimming NZ Volunteer of the Year Award
- Swimming NZ Service Award
- Sport Wellington Volunteer of the Year Award
- Sport Wellington, Finalist Administrator of the Year Award

Having stepped down as Chair of Swimming Wellington in late 2018, Mark remained closely involved with our sport by attending meets, sometimes as the announcer, and also attending AGMs and other meetings. His passion for this sport remained undiminished.

It was always a pleasure to work with Mark and enjoy his fun-loving nature - we will greatly miss him.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this challenging time.

Travel in peace Mark.

On behalf of the board and management team of Swimming Wellington -
Martyn Newman-Hall & Angus Pashley

Note – A service to celebrate Mark’s life will be held at the Public Trust Hall, 131-135 Lambton Quay, Wellington, on Monday 15th February at 1.00pm, followed by a private cremation.