Rowing NZ high performance director Alan Cotter resigns

The resignation comes just 24 hours after the NZ world championship squad was named.
The resignation comes just 24 hours after the NZ world championship squad was named. Photo credit: Getty

Rowing New Zealand high performance director Alan Cotter has resigned following an independent review into the organisation.

Cotter has held the role since 2008, during a successful period for the sport in New Zealand.

On Thursday, he was involved in the selection and announcement of the national team to attend the world championships in Bulgaria next month. 

Rowing NZ said in a media release its own internal review began in April to provide insights free from the emotions that surround 'pinnacle events, like the Olympics.

"The well-being of our athletes and the culture of our organisation is paramount to everything we do. We are constantly evaluating how we are performing both on and off the water.

"It is important we are not looking backwards at the outcomes of campaigns but continue to look forward, so we can refresh and continually improve to maintain our place as world leading in the high performance environment.

"Alan Cotter agreed to resign for this to occur.

"Key themes identified in the review are being acknowledged and steps will be taken to continue to put the culture and care of our people first."

Cotter's departure is the latest in a string of of high-profile resignations as a result of athlete revolts and/or independent reviews.

Last month, Cycling NZ sprint coach Anthony Peden resigned after accusations of bullying, as did Football Ferns coach Andreas Heraf.

Silver Ferns coach Janine Southby also stepped down, after a review into the national netball team's disappointing fourth placing at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. 

Cotter won a world championships bronze medal in 1978 as a coxswain with the NZ rowing eight, followed by a silver at the same competition a year later.


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