Miramar Rangers would like to announce that former Chatham Cup winning Coach John Cameron has been elected as the new Chairman for the club after Peter Chote chose to step down after nine successful years in the role.

During Chote’s tenure, Miramar won the Central League in 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2014 as well as the Chatham Cup in 2010 and reached the Semi-Finals in 2009, 2012 and 2016.

On his decision to step down, Chote commented, “I feel that after nine years in the chair it is time to pass the new and reenergised committee over to new leadership. A new generation is emerging evidenced by the recent group of ex players who have put their names forward to join the committee and become more involved in running the club. Now is the right time to hand over to this group who will have a new set of ideas and a fresh view of where this awesome club should position itself for future growth.”

Chote alluded to numerous highlights throughout his tenure, “Seeing the continuing good health of the junior game has been a pleasure to oversee. The work of Andrew Wilson (Junior Chair) and his team of dedicated parents represents what the Rangers are all about. The sterling work done in recent years by Matt Calcott and Cole Peverley, and latterly Jose Figueria, in developing our young people in the game makes me very happy. Winning both local and National Competitions in my time were, of course, further highlights and represent what the Rangers should always aspire to."

Chote said that it was great to be handing over the role to someone he knew well and who had such a long association with the club.

John first played for the club as a six year old in the mid-1960s and he went on to play for all the club’s top junior sides in the following years.  After several years in the Rongotai College 1st XI he returned to Miramar going straight into the first team and he made his National League debut against North Shore in 1982 playing in the Chatham Cup Final loss against Mt Wellington at the Basin Reserve.

He returned to the club in the late eighties and was assistant coach to Barry Truman taking over the reins in Truman’s absence for the last stage of the 1992 season and guided the side to triumph in the 1992 Chatham Cup with a 3-1 win Waikato United in the Final.  He also coached the first team between 1994 and 1996 and again in 2009 when he lead the side to a Chatham Cup Semi-Final. John’s son Nathan also represented Miramar Rangers and made his first team debut in 2006.

“I believed John will add real value to the role. He has great vision and is an astute manager of people. He’s also passionate about our football club and has balanced view of the interests of the stakeholders,” Chote said.

Cameron said he was excited to take on the role and was eager to become more involved with a club he has been a part of for much of his life.

“My young boys are both now at college and are more independent so this timing is perfect for me. Also, I knew Peter felt he had done his time. We talked about it a lot and he was keen for me to take over. His legacy will be one of hard work, passion and integrity. Surely he will buy me a beer for being so kind to him. One of my conditions was for him to stay on the committee which he has done.”

Cameron alluded to his aims as chairman, “Firstly I have some catching up to do. It is critical I understand exactly where the club is at. We have commenced this exercise already. I guess two words that will hopefully define my own legacy will be innovation and aspiration. Also, our people must enjoy what they are doing so we will have some laughs on the way.”