Simon L. Herbst has a degree in psychology and English and is a sports journalist for the Whakatāne Beacon. He grew up in South Africa and spent two years playing for a provincial academy before moving to New Zealand in 2008. He coached cricket and swimming in Auckland including stints at Kings College and Auckland Grammar School, and men’s Premier cricket. Spending time with his wife and daughters is the highlight of his day. In his spare time he enjoys reading, drumming, and spearfishing.