Kristie Baillie : Master of Sport and Leisure Studies
Kristie is in her eighth year at the University of Waikato, completing a Masters of Sport and Leisure Studies degree. Born and bred in Morrinsville, Kristie attended Morrinsville College from 2005-2009 where she became Head Girl in her final year. Kristie's athletic career highlights include winning the Senior Womens 400m at the 2012 New Zealand Track and Field Championships, coming second in the Senior Womens 200m and third in 100m. Kristie also won 400m at the New South Wales Track and Field Championships in Australia and placed third at the Australian Track and Field Championships that year. The 2014 season saw Kristie place fifth at the NZ T&F Championships in 400m and eighth in 200m. In 2014 Kristie selected at the last minute to represent New Zealand at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, as a reserve member of the Womens 4x400m Relay Squad. While she did not compete in the Games, Kristie gained substantial insight and experience into high level international competition leading up to and during the event. Kristie's challenge now lies in putting this experience into practice in the future. Kristie was also a recipient of the 2014 Sir Edmund Hillary Step Higher Award, which saw four Scholars travel to Nepal in February 2015, and experience the legacy of Sir Edmund Hillary. This life-altering and thoroughly rewarding experience has been a one of the key highlights of her time on the Hillary Scholarship Programme. In 2016, Kristie returned to Nepal, this time to volunteer teaching English while living with a local family, in a remote village in the Eastern region.