Otago Daily Times

Scott steps down from HPSNZ


WELLINGTON: Michael Scott has resigned as chief executive of High Performanc­e Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ).

After three years in charge at the government organisati­on, the former head of Rowing Australia and performanc­e director at Swimming Australia said Covid19 was forcing him home to Melbourne to be closer to family.

Scott was set to finish at High Performanc­e Sport on April 23, with Sport New Zealand boss Raelene Castle taking over as acting HPSNZ chief executive.

Sport New Zealand board chair Bill Moran said the board would consider options for HPSNZ’s structure and leadership in response to its new strategy, which was being revealed next week.

‘‘Covid19 has prompted our partners and many within the sector to consider how they future proof themselves, we are no different and intend to use this moment in time wisely.’’

Along with his roles with rowing and swimming in Australia, Scott came to HPSNZ having also been director of the Australian Institute of Sport, national performanc­e director at British Swimming and chief executive of the 2007 World Swimming Championsh­ips Corporatio­n.

He led the developmen­t of the 2032 High Performanc­e System Strategy in New Zealand; a document developed by the sector to address challenges and anticipate change needed in order for the country to continue its success on the world stage.

‘‘Although I’ve called time on this chapter earlier than anticipate­d, Covid19 has resulted in a tough decision to return to Melbourne to be closer to family,’’ Scott said.

‘‘It wasn’t an easy decision to reach. It has been a privilege to work alongside the quality people and partners we have within New Zealand high performanc­e sport.

‘‘I know however that I leave the organisati­on in excellent hands, launching a new strategy next week that will strengthen the system and provide future generation­s of athletes and coaches with the best possible experience and chance to succeed.’’ — RNZ

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