19 Jul 2011

High Performance Sport chair appointed

6:38 pm on 19 July 2011

The first board of directors for High Performance Sport New Zealand will be chaired by the current chairman of Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC), Paul Collins.

The new organisation, formed by merging SPARC's high performance unit with the two New Zealand Academies of Sport, will have an annual spend of about $60 million.

Sport and Recreation Minister Murray McCully says it will have its own chief executive and will allow athletes to focus on performance rather than funding.

The other board appointments are Katie Sadleir, Don Mackinnon and Bill Birnie from SPARC's board, and Academy of Sport nominees Mike Stanley for the North Island and Peter Cox for the South.

Simon Wickham is the New Zealand Olympic Committee nominee and there are two independent members, Mark Weldon and Olympic triathlon gold medalist Hamish Carter.

SPARC's chief executive Peter Miskimmin is an ex-officio member.