Pathway 1 Foundation is about taking the hard road.

The pathway way of courage. To be pure and true to yourself. Only then, magic will happen.

Embracing courage and living pure

The Pathway 1 Foundation was established in 2015 to create an eternal legacy of embracing courage and living PURE. We support great people who are willing to take Pathway 1 – the hard road. To do great things for themselves, the people around them and our beautiful country.

The Pathway of Courage leads to the greatest lives

Courage is the most important emotion you need to learn to control in your life to free your mind and unleash your true potential. It does not matter if you are still at school, work in one of the biggest companies in the world, are an Olympian or a parent. Without courage your life becomes controlled by self doubt and fear… fear of failing, upsetting others, being judged, and ultimately fear of rejection. The absence of courage leads to a life defined by being careful… The worst thing is that you know you are doing it… and it tears you apart inside!

The Pathway of Courage is taking the hard road, it is about DREAMING BIG, building a plan, ensuring you have the required support and then taking action over a long period of time. And in the face of success and failing, it is about disconnecting from outcome as most important and connecting deeply to your integrity as the most important thing. The integrity of doing what you said you would do, and being ALL IN, no excuses, no give up talk and no seeking reassurance! This results in deep pride, inner calm and peace.

Taking the Pathway of Courage means acting from courage with a deep acceptance your DREAM may or may not happen. It is expressing your true self with no guarantees of payback, absolutely no strings attached. And it is this process that courage leads to people living their greatest lives.

We support great people to become great leaders

There is nothing we love more than to watch Kiwis unleashing their true selves, whatever their passion (e.g. music, the arts, business, sport or academia), both locally in our own communities and internationally on the world stage. This is a critical passage, we are not saying they have to ‘perform’ or win, although we love that too, for us to concern ourselves with their future. We are saying we love seeing kiwis be PURE and unleash instinctually when doing what they deeply love! That is most important to us! That is when magic really happens, whether it is part of a team or as an individual!

The Pathway 1 Foundation is therefore, deeply committed to doing all we can to provide opportunities for leaders to continue to excel today for stronger communities and country tomorrow, especially those who, for what ever reason, do not get the level of support they need or deserve to fulfill their potential.

We support good initiatives that embrace our natural environment

We are also painfully aware that we stand at a critical point in ensuring the beauty of New Zealand is enhanced and preserved for all generations to come. We are committed to rolling up our sleeves and taking care of our ‘own back yard’, as the first step to assisting in the wider global movements to look after the natural environment. We support planting initiatives, ideas that target our plastic waste issue, anything that preserves our beautiful country so generations to come can enjoy our place.

The people of the Pathway 1 Foundation

We are incredibly proud of New Zealand and being Kiwi. We love how New Zealanders are wired. The Pathway 1 Foundation shares the same underpinning values as our best examples of what it means to be Kiwi. We value: family, being able to laugh at ourselves and with each other, humility, loyalty, hard work, pursuit of excellence, challenging limits, generosity and bravery. It is the courage to dream, plan and act in spite of adversity that underpins all our country’s greatest achievements and we believe will be the basis of all challenges we embrace in the future.


Board Chairperson and founder of the Pathway 1 Foundation

David is a New Zealand Registered clinical psychologist, specialising in performance psychology in the sporting and business arenas. David specialises in supporting individuals, teams and communities to establish robust and productive cultures based on personal and collective excellence.

David began specialising in sport and business in 2006 and has continued to grow his practice in this area. He now works full time with elite athletes and teams from various sports. He is the current sports psychologist with the Chiefs Super Rugby Team (7 years), All Blacks Rugby 7s team (5 years), the NZ Women’s Sevens team (4 years), the NZ BMX team (5 years), NZ Women’s Football team (4 years) and NZ Golf (7 years). He worked with the Magic netball team during 2012 and 2013. He is also working with a number individual elite Olympic athletes.

David’s practice revolves around three core principals; Live from Courage, Moments of Perfection or MOPs, Self Acceptance. These are central to the book ‘UNLEASHING GREATNESS‘.


I am a Putaruru boy and have most of my family on farms down there. I went to Putaruru High School and completed an Honours degree in Social Sciences at Waikato Uni. I still traveled home to play rugby in Putaruru as it’s where I connected best with people and had the greatest personal meaning. I was really lucky to have strong support as a young rugby player which allowed me to dream. I never imagined I would become an All Black, but I had been encouraged to follow my bliss and this allowed me to think bigger than a skinny little Putaruru kid was supposed to! Clearly my passions are my family and Rugby. The two things have always been entwined. The strong connections with my family and community have always given me the resilience and inspiration to play and coach. My rural background, playing multiple sports as a youngster, filling in for adult teams and having to be self reliant shaped my coaching belief that people will rise to a challenge if it’s their challenge – they won’t necessarily rise to others’ challenges.

This part of supporting youth who are willing to rise to their own challenges, who want to give back to community and help others really excites me Trish and my twin boys (Nick and Josh) lived with me in Italy for a few years in the 80’s and 90’s. These were formative years for the boys and, whilst the history of the place fascinated and inspired them, we all really came to treasure what we had in NZ. Less people, less pollution, less corruption and a purer, more accessible wild environment. Combining both these areas (youth and environment) is unique and the reason I’m so keen to support Pathway 1.


Laura was born and breed in the Waikato and raised on their family diary farm in the small rural settlement of Te Pahu. I have a huge passion for sport with netball having had most of my attention since the age of 16. 100 plus netball games for New Zealand and the Trans Tasman ANZ netball league, two Commonwealth Games gold\’s and too many tear jerking silver medals to Australia to count, my philosophy in life remains to LIVE my impossible dream. I am all about making myself nervous to remind myself that I am living and to have the courage to continually test what am I made of. Success to me is inspiring young athletes to have an impossible dream and to travel the road no one wants to take to get there. Whilst at netball I have obtained a Bachelor of Business Analysis majoring in Accounting, Graduate Diploma in Accounting and am currently working toward becoming a Chartered Accountant. Snow boarding and Pilates is my down time go to. Thus when time permits I undertake Pilates instructor courses with the goal of becoming a registered Pilates trainer in the near future. Home for me is with my activities mad husband Adrian Pooley, having cups of tea my grandparents and getting stuck in on the farm with my family.


Crystal is a highly respected young Business woman and mentor in the Waikato. She is passionate about people realising their deep potential. She has an incredible track record in supporting youth excel in life through sport. She brings far more than a deep understanding about youth and elite sport however. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in business, and especially marketing and evolving strategic community an business relationships. Crystal has completed a Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies with Economics (University of Waikato), the Governance Development Programme (Institute of Directors) and the Excelerator Future Leaders Programme (Auckland University). She is the managing director of the Athletes House Gym in Hamilton.


Dean is based out of Masterton in New Zealand. Travelling frequently throughout NZ and Australia, Dean works with individuals and Business Owners who are in either set up, established, considering merger or preparing for sale phases. Dean also oversees a Management Company that provides an Elite Athlete Management Program and Personnel Management to Professional Golfers from New Zealand and Australia. This is done under the umbrella of U Management. Dean was a finalist in the “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in 2002 and has always been passionate about using a proven methodology and systems to achieve success with all types of individuals and companies and all types of industries. Dean’s passion is assisting people from all walks of life who have an excellent work ethic to achieve success in their chosen business or industry. Dean has enjoyed business success across a myriad of industries during his career to date.