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Fanstone resigns from Yachting NZ role

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/11/2016

Another prominent Kiwi Olympic sports body is losing its high performance boss, with Yachting New Zealand's Jez Fanstone announcing his resignation.

Englishman Fanstone is leaving after eight relatively successful years, having overseen a record-equalling New Zealand medal haul at the Rio Olympics in August.

He follows the same path as high performance heads at Triathlon NZ (Graeme Maw) and Cycling NZ (Mark Elliott), whose sports didn't reach expectations in Rio.

Yachting NZ chief executive David Abercrombie confirmed to the New Zealand Herald that Fanstone is moving on for family reasons.

Fanstone, a former coach of British sailing great Ben Ainslie, moved to Auckland following New Zealand's disappointing one-medal return at the 2008 Olympics.

They claimed a women's 470 gold and men's 49er silver at the London Games four years later before doubling that tally again at Rio, winning one gold (men's 49er), two silvers (women's 470 and women's 49erFX) and one bronze (men's Laser). It matched their best return set at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

The high performance role will be advertised.

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