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Carter drafted in as triathlon HP boss

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/11/2016

Hamish Carter with his gold medal after winning the Mens Triathlon at the Olympic Games in Athens, 2004 © Phil Walter/Getty Images Hamish Carter with his gold medal after winning the Mens Triathlon at the Olympic Games in Athens, 2004 Former Olympic champion Hamish Carter is the interim Triathlon New Zealand high performance boss.

A spokesman confirmed to NZ Newswire that Carter will hold the position of HP director until April next year following the resignation of Englishman Graeme Maw.

The 45-year-old is is on secondment from High Performance Sport New Zealand while triathlon remains in limbo regarding its future funding.

Carter won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics and was a world championships medallist three times before retiring in 2007.

Maw's resignation last month was greeted positively by leading Kiwi triathletes Andrea Hewitt and Ryan Sissons, who criticised the sport's lack of progress over the previous Olympic cycle and chose to work with coaches outside the HP programme.

Carter will consult with coaches and athletes as they build a programme geared towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

A full-time HP boss will be appointed once triathlon's support level has been finalised.

It faces a funding reduction following a lack of top-level results in recent years.

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