Les Mills Asia Pacific Les Mills Asia Pacific (LMAP) have been setting the benchmark for providing professional fitness solutions across Australia and South East Asia since 1996. Our world renowned…read more
New Zealand high performance sport model ‘not fit for purpose’
Sport New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Miskimmin has conceded their current high performance model's approach to athletes is "not fit for purpose".
The admission follows sprint coach Anthony Peden's exit from Cycling New Zealand amid allegations of bullying and inappropriate behaviour, and the refusal by 13 Football Ferns to continue under the coaching of Andreas Heraf.
Miskimmin has advised that Sport NZ is to conduct an integrity review, led by Lawyer Stephen Cottrell, to help national organisations strike a balance between the pursuit of success and athlete well-being.
Discussing the issue on Newstalk ZB yesterday, Miskimmin said that New Zealand’s sports need to "create an environment that is successful and about performance, but has an equal emphasis on welfare".
Commenting on the balance between success and athlete well-being, Miskimmin stated “there seems to be this sense that you can't have both ... that you either win to the detriment of the athlete or if you’re about the athlete, then you're taking your eye off the performance.
"I don't buy that in any way, shape or form. I think they can co-exist together."
Miskimmin used rugby's All Blacks and cricketing Blackcaps as examples of teams that have created a winning formula, while helping the development of their athletes.
With Cottrell to do a "stocktake" of current environments and processes with sporting bodies and athletes, Miskimmin said his recommendations will be used to "co-design what we might need in future" and could end up providing a "competitive advantage".
Miskimmin added “we ask our athletes to do extraordinary things and we're enormously proud of them when they achieve.
"That's one of the reasons we invest in high performance systems through the nation.
"We have a duty of care to make sure we have that balance between winning and ensuring it's a safe environment that respects them and allows them to grow as people. Maybe that balance has not been right."
Miskimmin said Sport NZ's investigation was commissioned independently before the cycling and football controversies came to light. The concurrent inquiry into High Performance Sport New Zealand's actions is ongoing.
Miskimmin said working with athletes through their respective players associations was pivotal to the success of any arrangement, explaining that philosophies had changed worldwide.
He concluded “our colleagues in the USA and UK are all looking at the best ways to create the right performance environment.
"For a long time in sport we've had a command and control culture, that's not fit for purpose today.
"What athletes are saying is that we ought to be involved and want to have confidence to raise issues, and we want to be at the table when decisions are made around us and about us."
Peter Miskimmin image courtesy of the New Zealand Olympic Committee.
30th April 2018 - FINALISTS REVEALED FOR 2018 NEW ZEALAND SPORT AND RECREATION AWARDS
19th March 2018 - STUDY SHOWS NEW ZEALANDERS APPRECIATE THE VALUE OF SPORT
3rd March 2018 - LIONS TOUR HELPS DELIVER 2017 PROFIT FOR NEW ZEALAND RUGBY
27th February 2018 - SPORT NZ ANNOUNCES FUTURE LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP
13th April 2017 - FINALISTS SELECTED FOR NEW ZEALAND SPORT AND RECREATION AWARDS
16th March 2017 - SURF LIFESAVING NATIONALS RETURN TO CHRISTCHURCH
1st March 2017 - KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR NATIONAL SPORTS CONVENTION
5th January 2017 - SURF LIFE SAVING NEW ZEALAND WELCOMES ZERO DROWNINGS AT PATROLLED BEACHES
15th December 2016 - FUNDING WINNERS AND LOSERS AS NEW ZEALAND SPORT LOOKS TO TOKYO 2020
6th December 2016 - SURF LIFE SAVING NEW ZEALAND BEGINS SUMMER FUNDRAISING
31st May 2016 - NEW ZEALAND’S MAJOR SPORTS COMMIT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Founded in 1961, Myrtha Pools® quickly became Italy’s première swimming pool company, and has since grown into one of the world's leading swimming pool construction…read more
Smart Connection Consultancy is a boutique sport and recreation consultancy who has become one of Australia’s leading advocates for the use of synthetic sports surfaces as a vehicle to grow…read more
AIS Water, the trading name of Australian Innovative Systems, is a multi-award winning, Australian owned leader in the design, production and supply of commercial and residential chlorine generators…read more
INTRODUCTION Abel Sports is Australia’s leading manufacturer and suppliers of Goal Posts, sports ground safety netting systems and coaches boxes for Stadiums ,Sports Clubs, Councils and…read more
Lander & Rogers' Sports Business Group is the leading sports law practice in Australia, representing over 150 national and international sporting bodies. Our clients include international…read more
Crystal Pools has a solid history of performance on a wide variety of government and commercial projects and is the name behind many of Australia’s most innovative and ambitious aquatic…read more
HYPOXI® is one of Europe’s most successful health and weight loss studio concepts. It’s the first weight loss technology to incorporate exercise with advanced vacuum and…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!