Maldon Hector (Maldy) Whitwell
1930 - 2020
Maldy first played representative rugby in 1943 for Golden Bay / Motueka at the Seddon Shield Primary Schools Tournament in Greymouth
He attended Nelson Boys College and played for the 1st XV. On completed his College studies he attended Victoria University in Wellington and played for the Oriental Rugby Club
When his University studies were completed, Maldy returned to Motueka to assist with the family retail business (which still thrives today as Whitwell’s Menswear).
Maldy started his senior rugby for Huia in the early 50s playing 1st 5/8. In 1954, playing against Rivals, the 2 top teams from their respective areas, he scored a try and broke his leg while doing so. The following year luck was again against him, while playing in a Senior Representative fixture he broke his other leg ending his playing days.
By this time Maldy had taken on the job as Secretary of the Huia club and now decided to take up coaching. He coached the Golden Bay / Motueka Junior reps and the Huia juniors
Maldy held his position as Secretary / Treasurer of his Club for over 30 years. He became the Sec. Auditor of the Motueka Grounds Association for a similar period.
From 1952 – 1969 Maldy held the position as Treasurer of the Golden Bay / Motueka Rugby Football Union
Maldy, representing Golden Bay-Motueka assisted Jack Moriarty from the Nelson Union to set up the finances for the 1969 amalgamated Nelson Bays Rugby Union. He also continued for a number of years as an unpaid financial officer managing the gate takings collected at Rugby Park, Motueka.
Maldy became the Chairman of the Huia Club and in 1970 became a life Member of his club. He attended Nelson Bays committee meetings as the Huia delegate, and for many years never missed an annual general meeting
In 2001 Maldy was given the honour of being made the Patron of his club Huia
Maldy contributed over 50 years to Rugby in the region and was rewarded with Life Membership of the Nelson Bays Rugby Sub Union in 2009.