Robin Michael Newton Hood (1939 – )

Whanganui-born Robin Hood has an outstanding record in international springboard and high platform diving administration.

He has officiated at 14 world championships, nine World Cups, seven Olympic Games, ten Commonwealth Games and five Asian and Southeast Asian Games.

Robin started his diving career with the Gonville Swimming Club in 1949, winning club, centre and inter-provincial titles as well as club and centre backstroke, medley and freestyle swimming championships.

He shifted to Hamilton in 1959 to join diving coach, the late Mervyn Campbell, at the Rovers Swimming Club, winning the New Zealand 3m springboard title three times in 1966.1967 and 1968 followed by the 1m springboard title in 1970.

A gold medal in the 1966 New South Wales three-metre state championship helped him win selection to the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team for Kingston, where he finished fifth.

After missing inclusion in the 1968 Mexico Olympics team, Robin retired from national competition in 1971 to concentrate on the administration side of diving.

This had started at Gonville with the formation of the Wanganui Diving Committee of the Wanganui Swimming Centre. Robin was a foundation member of the New Zealand Diving Committee attached to the New Zealand Amateur Swimming Association (NZASA). It later became Diving New Zealand.

Robin’s first national appointment was as manager of the New Zealand diving team to the 1982 world (FINA) championships in Ecuador. As the NZASA emissary he successfully helped win the rights to host the 1983 FINA world junior diving championships in Hamilton and he became secretary of the organising committee.

He was technical director of the organising committee when the 1999 FINA World Cup was held in Wellington.

Since the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, where he was a referee, Robin has officiated in a major capacity – referee, judge, delegate or lecturer – at international FINA events around the world, including 22 clinics in 16 countries.

Robin, who retired  from FINA duties in Rome in 2009 and now lives in Albany, received a Diving New Zealand Life Membership Award in 2001, was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (Paragon Award) for Outstanding Contribution to Diving in 2004, was awarded the FINA Gold Pin for Service to International Diving in 2009, and in 2018 named as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for service to springboard and platform diving by the Governor-General, Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy.


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