Bernie Murch played most sports as a child growing up, representing B.O.P in women’s soccer and Auckland in Women’s Rugby, gaining selection to trial for the Black Ferns. It wasn’t until her mid twenties that ‘Outrigger Canoe Paddling’ became a passion which lead to National Titles in Sprint racing during 2002 and 2010.
Bernie studied at Hamilton Teachers College gaining a Diploma in Primary Teaching (majoring in Physical Education) and then studying further in the field of Early Child Education, here she gained her Diploma in E.C.E. Currently Bernie is the Centre Director in a busy Early Childhood Centre licensed for 95 children and leading a team of 25 teachers.
Bernie is one of the founding members of CrossFit Auckland and has been a regular competitor in CrossFit competition over the years; having now qualified to compete at CrossFit Auckland’s BATTLE OF THE FITTEST, NZ’s top tier CrossFit sport event for 6-years, 2014 being her first year in the Masters category. She was part of the team that successfully won the CrossFit Games Regional Competition in 2010, gaining the right to represent Australasia at the World CrossFit Games that same year. Bernie returned to represent CrossFit Auckland on their Affiliate Team at the CrossFit Games Australia Regional in 2011.
Bernie likes to get the best out of people and encourages them to achieve their goals and aspirations, she leads by example and through previous personal experience believes in developing and setting strong foundations in order to be able to develop and achieve new skills.