Equestrian Sports New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointments of Graeme McCrory as Chief Medical Advisor and Catherine White as Medical Advisor.
“We are delighted that we are able to appoint Graeme and Catherine to our medical advisor positions as they each have particular areas of expertise which will benefit ESNZ as an organisation by helping to ensure high standards for rider health and safety,” says Chief Executive Dana Kirkpatrick. “We feel very privileged to have such high calibre advisors and look forward to working with them both.”
The medical advisor roles provide medical leadership for the organisation and are expert advisors to ESNZ’s technical committee on matters relating to drug-free sport and injury prevention.
Graeme qualified as a doctor in 1990 and has extensive knowledge of, a longstanding interest and valuable experience in various roles relating to sports and exercise medicine, as well as pre-hospital trauma care.
Currently he works with NZ Rugby helping to implement the pilot of their concussion protocol and Blue Card system to schools’ 1st XV rugby in Hawkes Bay. Since 2016 he has been the medical director for Medics On Scene which provides medical care up to intensive care paramedic level at events, including equestrian events. As father and husband to two horse enthusiasts he has a personal and professional interest in making equestrian sports as safe and ‘clean’ as possible.
Catherine’s interest and expertise is in sport and exercise science. She is a medical practitioner based in Auckland, graduated with her medical degree from Auckland University and a post graduate diploma in in Sport and Exercise Science. She has a particular interest in “green prescriptions” – the preventative and therapeutic benefits of exercise.
Catherine is passionate about sport both as a competitor and supporter, and in particular equestrian. She competed as a young rider, winning the Bell Tea young rider series.