21 Oct 2010

NZ Olympic Committee secretary general named

6:33 pm on 21 October 2010

The New Zealand Olympic Committee has named Kereyn Smith as the organisation's new secretary general.

Ms Smith is the Academy of Sport South Island chief executive and the vice-president of the International Netball Federation.

She will be the first woman to lead the New Zealand Olympic Committee and brings with her more than 20 years in sport leadership and governance, both at a national and international level.

New Zealand Olympic Committee President Mike Stanley says Ms Smith was chosen for her strong leadership ability, strategic expertise and commercial and financial acumen.

Ms Smith will take up her role in January, replacing Barry Maister, who will continue to sit on the board.

Ms Smith says she's acutely aware of the very real challenges that lie ahead, with less than two years to the London Olympics in 2012, a dynamic and changing high performance landscape, and the need to secure the necessary financial resources to add value to sport and athletes.