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Triathlon NZ high performance boss resigns

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/10/2016

Triathlon NZ high performance boss Graeme Maw is stepping down and calling for his replacement to lift the sport to another level.

Maw issued a stark assessment of triathlon's top-end state as he announced his resignation from the high performance director role he assumed in 2013.

"After four years of leading change, I feel I have taken the HP programme as far as I can," he said.

"I recognise that performances and culture are not yet where they need to be, and it is time for someone else to take the reins for the next step."

Englishman Maw has been unable to lift restore triathlon's elite results to that of the previous decade when Olympic champion Hamish Carter and world champion Bevan Docherty enjoyed accomplished careers.

Andrea Hewitt has been a consistent performer but has been alone among Kiwis on the dais in recent years.

Maw, who will step down at Christmas, hopes his legacy will be the implementation of a framework to create success at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

A high performance centre has been established in Cambridge along with a regional coaching network and national talent identification programme.

Triathlon NZ president Arthur Klap acknowledged Maw's contribution at a time which demanded change if New Zealand's fortunes are to improve.

The focus had switched to investment in infrastructure and talent development.

"This was a major change from how the high performance programme had operated previously and he had to overcome a number of obstacles over his four years in charge," Klap said.

"Graeme brought a very analytical and systematic approach to the training programmes that gave the Tri NZ Board a clear understanding of how our athletes were progressing.

"Unfortunately, our results have not yet followed, including this year in Rio (Olympics) and Cozumel (world series final)."

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