Lauren Boyle Honoured At Home; & The Businessman With A Shot At NZL Reform

Lauren Boyle of New Zealand by Patrick B. Kraemer

Bruce Cotterill is a man with a job on his hands. The businessman has been elected Swimming New Zealand’s board chairman; and Lauren Boyle voted her nation’s primary aquatic asset with Swimmer of the Year Awards in the wake of her silver medals at the World Championships in Kazan last month

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Bruce Cotterill is a man with a job on his hands. The businessman has been elected Swimming New Zealand’s board chairman; and Lauren Boyle voted her nation’s primary aquatic asset with Swimmer of the Year Awards in the wake of her silver medals at the World Championships in Kazan last month

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h2tk

Hate to break it to you Craig, but this is nothing other than “jobs for the boys”. His mandate is clear – maintain the determined path which is total control of the sport of swimming and Swimming New Zealand by Sport NZ (which is a government agency) and to do their bidding.

When he was appointed to a new Inaugural Board following a review (yes, that’s right, appointed not elected) three years ago, the swimming community in Auckland were like “Bruce who? Never heard of him”. He is someone who was invisible unless there was political mileage from attendance at meetings where he loved the sound of his own voice.

What is his motivation? Like all the other Board members appointed (yes, that word again), this is nothing other than CV building and collecting directorships. God forbid that anyone might actually expect him and others to actually DO something, or turn up and volunteer on pool-deck somewhere.

Why do I use the word “appointed”? Because the new Swimming New Zealand constitution that was rammed through a few years ago ensures that the voting regions and membership do not have fair elections of Board members and Chairman. There is an Appointments Committee of three members who are selected by, surprise, surprise, Sport NZ. Their job is to “select” potential candidates to fill Board vacancies for the regions to vote on. So if there are two vacancies, then the Appointments Committee will select two candidates to be put forward to be “voted” by the regions – I kid you not! The Chairman of the Board is appointed by the Board members themselves.

And as for any elite performance program? Virtually all the top elite swimmers have pushed off to the US Collegiate programs or to Australia – Lauren the most high profile of them all. No, their job is to peddle like crazy trying to justify the millions in members’ fees and taxpayer’s dollars that go to sustain the institution.

But I guess they have to spend their money somewhere – like on PR and a media machine that tells everyone how they are making amazing progress because just look at Lauren. Mind you, they clearly use an inordinate amount of resource trying to discredit media commentators, like yourself, who may suggest otherwise.

Sounds like they’ve learned a trick or two from FINA.

Craig Lord

Thought so, h2tk 🙂 🙁

h2tk

Yes, and while we’re at it – Leslie Huckins is the new President of Swimming NZ. The same Leslie Huckins who is a member of the FINA Technical Committee who determined that some FINA rules are more important than others! She’s a nice enough person, but arrogant as hell. And just another one climbing up the greasy FINA pole.

h2tk

Another thought – so do you think that there may exist Minutes of a FINA Technical Committee meeting or correspondence where the dubious World Record was discussed, that might show Leslie Huckins withdrawing from the discussion due to a conflict of interest?

I doubt it!

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