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Elliott returns to Triathlon NZ head role

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/03/2017

Triathlon New Zealand has dived into a successful former era in appointing Mark Elliott as its high performance director.

Elliott held the equivalent post from 2000 to 2004, overseeing the Athens Olympics gold-silver double to Hamish Carter and Bevan Docherty in his final year.

Elliott, who also oversaw six world championship titles, is excited to return to the sport.

"Having had an incredibly enjoyable and successful time in the sport a number of years ago, it's exciting to see that there's still as much talent and abilities from an athlete and coaching perspective in New Zealand," he said.

"I'm looking forward to bringing it together over this next Olympic cycle to maximise those opportunities."

Triathlon's stocks have dipped in recent years, with only veteran three-time Olympian Andrea Hewitt returning consistent elite results.

No man has been able to scale the heights of Carter and Docherty.

After leaving Triathlon NZ, Elliott spent two years overseeing the restructuring of Snow Sports NZ before a nine-year stint in the lead high performance role for Cycling NZ.

A successful nine-year period with cycling finished on a low at last year's Rio Olympics, when the sport failed to match expectations.

Elliott begins his new role next week.

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