Head Coach – Jason Koster
Jason’s judo career started at the age of 9. After being too shy to get on the mat and join his brother, father Rob dragged him on and the rest is history.
Upon returning to Christchurch in 2005, Jason was left with the task of rebuilding the Canterbury Judo scene. Fast forward 13 years and he has coached multiple athletes to New Zealand representative level on top of taking a number of athletes through to their black belts.
Jason’s competitive career is equally impressive. Alongside wife Moira, they both achieved an unprecedented 3x medals in 3 consecutive World Cup events in South America. This on top of a bronze medal at the 2014 commonwealth games led to Jason once being ranked inside the top 30 Judoka in the world.
Jason is also known for his terrible dad jokes, puns and questionable taste in music so if you can look past all of that he’ll take you where you need to go with your judo.
Assistant Coach – Moira Koster
Moira Koster (nee De Villiers) is arguable the most successful New Zealand Judoka of the
modern era. A 2012 Olympian, Moira’s career has been full of highlights including a Silver Medal at the 2014 Commonwealth games.
As such a high achiever, Moira looks after the competitive athletes at Premiere Equipe and while her own career is on hold as she starts a family she has found a real passion towards coaching and the results speak for themselves.
Off the mat, Moira enjoys time with her family and also plays competitive football. If you really want to get in her good books bring a bubble tea and chocolate to training and she’ll be your friend for life!
Team Captain – Elliott Connolly
One of the hardest workers you will meet, team captain Elliott Connolly has burst onto the international scene over the past 12 months. Finishing 2017 as the top ranked -81kgs fighter in the country. Elliott has spent two spells overseas, training fulltime in Hungary on an internship in 2016 before spending another block of training in Paris earlier this year.
While Elliott’s focus is firmly on the upcoming competitive season, you will always find him giving back before and after his own sessions helping the club members working on there techniques or giving them the motivation push when needed!
A Personal Trainer by trade, Elliott is always readily available to lend a hand however one thing you will never be able to do is get him to smile in a photograph.