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.
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
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
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.