Gordon Tietjens, Sir
Gordon Tietjens is recognised as one of the finest coaches of any sport in the world. His coaching and motivation of the world Champion Seven's side has made him a legend in the sport.
He has revolutionised the way the game is played and is the best known international team in the game. He refuses to accept anything but the best from his players. This has got him into trouble from time to time.
In May 2012 he became only the 49th inductee into the International Rugby Board's Hall of Fame.
The IRB World Sevens series titles were commenced in 1999-2000. As at the end of the 2016-2017 series, New Zealand has won the title on no fewer than 12 occasions under Gordon's leadership No wonder then that in 2010 he was named the New Zealand Rugby Union Coach of the Year.
In the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours, Gordon was made Knight Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Sevens has appeared in five Commonwealth Games. Gordon and his team have won the gold on four occasions and came runners-up in 2014 in Glasgow.
in 2016 Sevens was introduced into the Olympics for the first time in Rio. after much controversy, New Zealand bowed out to the ultimate winners, Fiji, in the quarters.
In 2016 Titch took up an exciting new challenge. To take the Samoan Sevens team to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for the first time.
In 2006 his first book "Titch - Sevens is my game" was published to wide acclaim and in November 2017 his new book "Legacy" an explosive book on the man, his game and the parallels between business and sport will be released. And yes, before you ask, Rio will be covered in some depth, on and off the field, for the first time.
Sir Gordon Tietjens is one such leader, with a record for winning and achieving that is surpassed by no other coach in New Zealand Rugby history. Gordon will speak from the heart and share his philosophies that have helped him bring out the very best in so many people over a 20 year span, to motivate and drive you to aspire to the same levels of dedication and commitment that the people he has coached to the top of their game have consistently reached. Gordon is a compelling and fascinating speaker who will motivate and inspire you to achieve the most you can.