CRL Farewells Operations Manager Chou Teiwaki
There’s a few heavy hearts around the Canterbury Rugby League offices today, with long-serving Operations Manager Chou Teiwaki finishing up this week to join his family’s property business – after a well-earned break and some quality time with his wife and young son and daughter.
Chou played one year with Sydenham Swans and six seasons at Halswell Hornets before taking on the administrative post in 2013, and anyone who has had anything to with CRL in recent years will be familiar with his hardworking and helpful nature, cheery disposition and cheeky grin.
“I’ve been with this organisation for four and a half years, I’ve met some really good people and worked under some really good managers,” Chou said.
“I’m sad to be moving on, but I’m on to a new adventure with the family so I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
He found it tough to pinpoint one standout highlight from his CRL tenure.
“Seeing our junior numbers grow every year, that’s been a real positive. And working with really passionate people here in the (CRL) office and also at club level,” he said.
“The direction that the game is heading is pretty exciting, and the two Rugby League World Cup games this year is another positive.
“I guess for me personally, (the highlight) has been meeting some really good people who are really passionate about the game.”
The Operations Manager role is an often arduous and regularly thankless one – but rewarding nonetheless according to Chou, who had some wise words of advice for his successor.
“Be strong, apply our rules and regulations and they’ll be fine.
“It is challenging, but all the positive or negative criticism we get from our key stakeholders, if we’re not getting that feedback the game will never move forwad. So it’s good to get that from the clubs.”
Chou is confident that he is leaving Canterbury Rugby League in better shape than when he arrived.
“I hope so. Not just myself, but (Office Manager) Rochelle (MacPherson), my previous managers and (current CEO) Shane (Collins), I think we’ve put some really good systems in place.
“I want to thank all the club people, volunteers, players and the people in the (CRL) office for their support and encouragement over the last few years, it’s been really enjoyable.”
The entire team at Canterbury Rugby League wishes to extend its gratitude to Chou for his tireless efforts and friendship over the past four and a half years, and wish him and his family all the best for their future endeavours.