Mary Wright, of Texas, United States of America, MNZM, for services to gymnastics
After successfully competing as a gymnast and diver, Mary Wright took up coaching gymnastics as a teenager. She was the youngest-ever elite-ranked New Zealand coach and judge. She became Head Coach at the Christchurch School of Gymnastics, which she developed into a successful and competitive club. She assisted with coaching the New Zealand gymnastics team to compete in World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Pacific Rim Championships. She has coached individual gymnasts at several Olympic Games. After moving to California to further her coaching career, she established strong working relationships with United States clubs to enable training opportunities for New Zealand gymnasts. Mrs Wright is Gym Sports New Zealand’s Performance Coordinator.