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Editorial: Brent Layton, the chairman of New Zealand Swimming, could take one of two options open to him: apologise to members for telling untruths in the annual report of his organisation – or resign

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Editorial: Brent Layton, the chairman of New Zealand Swimming, could take one of two options open to him: apologise to members for telling untruths in the annual report of his organisation – or resign

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Patricio

Sorry didn’t know were to post this. Another Russian swimmer caught with doping according to the sport express, with the article beneath.

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«Спорт-Экспресс»: российская пловчиха Яна Мартынова пропустила чемпионат мира из-за допинга etc…

felix

Boom. Take that Brent. And there’s far more he’s done to let NZ swimming down. Hence why nearly all their elite open swimmers train overseas.

h2tk

Craig, your pushing of this whole debacle to centrestage in the swimming community and beyond has been absolutely incredible and in a small minnow country like NZ is greatly appreciated.

What you quite rightly latched onto the moment this extraordinary series of events unfolded was the core fundamental issues of integrity of the sport being sacrificed to the corrupt and self-serving nature of the “institutions” that let us down so badly. And with your insistent journalism did not get sidetracked by the “oh poor Lauren, you can’t do that to her” nonsense that was being peddled by the Swimming New Zealand (and Sport New Zealand, the equivalent of the Ministry of Sport) PR machine, and swallowed by the ignorant public.

Brent Layton is a nobody. He was parachuted into the job of Chairman of SNZ Board as a pure and cynical political appointment by Sport NZ, a central government agency, to take control of the sport and to quell any rebellion amongst its independent and self-sustaining member regions. In his short tenure (three years) he has presided over one debacle after another that has resulted in SNZ not only being without a major sponsor for the last several years (no one wants to touch them), but their one crowning jewel, Lauren Boyle, finally admitting publicly what everyone has known for years that their contemptuous treatment of her coaching needs has resulted in her shifting her training base to Australia.

Brent Layton displays the same lack of integrity which allows the signing off of an official declaration that all FINA rules have been complied with, no different than the signing off of a false set of accounts in corporate governance. And then arrogantly endeavours to suggest that he is the last word on FINA rules and their “real” meaning. Despite trotting out on any occasion that he used to be a swimmer with the inference that he is well qualified to govern a major national sporting federation (no different to a Kiwi saying “I used to play rugby” therefore it qualifies me to be a selector for the All Blacks) his lack of swimming knowledge and modern swimming thought is quite breathtaking.

Brent Layton is an absolute lightweight.

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