Sir Gordon Tietjens
Motivating, entertaining and an inspiration to all, Sir Gordon Tietjens is considered to be one of the finest coaches of any sport in the world.
In the 14 years since the IRB Rugby World Series has been run, he has won 11 World Titles and 4 Commonwealth Games Gold Medals; 1998 Kuala Lumpur, 2002 Manchester, 2006 Melbourne and 2010 Delhi. He was named the New Zealand Rugby Union Coach of the year in 2010 recognised for guiding his team to a fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal.
In 1999 his efforts were recognised by being awarded the NZ Order of Merit in the New Zealand’s Honours List and again in 2007 he was awarded the Insignia of a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. In 2012 Gordon became the 49th inductee into the International Rugby Board’s Hall of Fame, shortly after New Zealand clinched their 11th World Series title from 14 attempts. Gordon was further promoted in 2013 to a Knight Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to rugby after 19 years of coaching the All Black Sevens.
Gordon is known for his no nonsense leadership style and uncanny ability to spot raw new talent. Whether it's the motivation he injects into his teams, his refusal to accept anything but the best from his players, or his absolute belief in his ability to pick and coach people to be the best they can be. Gordon is a remarkable man with an unbeatable track record in sport and working with winning teams. With this much history to draw from, he has so many experiences to talk about on and off the field that his presentations appeal to sporting and non-sporting people alike. Gordon is dynamic, compelling and fascinating to listen to and will motivate and inspire your team to achieve all that they can.
In May 2006 Gordon released his book “Titch: Sevens is My Game” which has been used as a tool for teams to emulate the coaching style and work ethic that Sir Gordon is renowned for.