Activity Update from the Chair
There has been an enormous amount of activity post the Olympics and the first quarter of 2013 is looking similarly hectic. With so much happening seemingly simultaneously the Board felt it important to highlight some recent milestones and to overview some of the important issues ahead in the next quarter.
HPSNZ Funding Success
Much of the post Olympic focus for the CRNZ management team has been on preparing a High Performance Plan which outlines the approach and investment required to deliver Olympic success in Rio 2016. The announcement that kayaking is now a targeted tier three sport was particularly pleasing and a great vote of confidence in our management, coaches and athletes. The committed $1.2M per year investment for two years and indicative funding for a further two years at the same level is a 20% increase on 2012 levels. This additional investment underpins our 2016 plans and creates an exciting opportunity to build on our London 2012 success.
CEO Recruitment Process
The Board is in the process of determining our needs regarding a replacement for recently resigned CEO Paula Kearns. We will be developing a position description and advertising for this role in the next few weeks. We are grateful to Deputy Chair Maree Burnett who has taken a leave of absence from the Board and has been acting as interim CEO.
High Performance - Racing
A successful 2012 was capped off with some very pleasing results from our Junior athletes in early 2013 at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival. Result highlights included: silver medals for Aimee Fisher and Lucy Johnson in the WK2 500 & WK2 200 events; Lucy also picked up a silver in the WK1 500 and a gold in the head to head event (albeit shared with her Hungarian finals rival due to extreme weather calling off the final round); Zac Quickenden and Jarrod Fitzgerald earned silver in the MK1 1000; Zac also took bronze in the MK1 1000; and Kim Thompson and Kurtis Imrie were awarded bronze medals for progressing through to the bronze medal rounds of the head to head racing, like Lucy medals were also awarded to their head to head rivals due to the medal round cancellation.
We have more exciting racing to look forward to shortly, commencing with the Oceania / National Championships this weekend which is being attended by athletes from Australia, Tahiti, Palau, Cook Islands, and Samoa. We'll also be watching the progress of a New Zealand team of senior and age group athletes heading to GP 3 in Penrith, Sydney in March. The World Cup campaign selections for the Open Team and U23/junior worlds selections will also be taking place with announcements made on 15 March.
High Performance – Coaching
One of the key strategies of our 2016-2020 HP Plan is increased investment in coaching. The management team are in the process of implementing this strategy with the High Performance coaching recruitment process. We hope to announce new coaching appointments shortly and will circulate a communication outlining the various high performance coaching roles supporting our programme.
Surf Memorandum of Understanding
CRNZ has a long standing informal relationship with Surf Lifesaving with many of our best athletes having a surf background. To ensure that both parties continue to collaborate in an open and constructive manner we are pleased to announce that CRNZ has entered in to a more formal relationship with SLSNZ through the signing of a MoU. This document outlines how we'll work together to: align our calendars; promote each other's events to maximise competition and participation; support dual membership by clubs; recognise and promote CRNZ's high performance pathways as an Olympic opportunity for surf athletes; and undertake work together to progress athlete, coach, and officials development collaboratively where appropriate. Ultimately we believe that this will be mutually beneficial with CRNZ able to assist with the development of surf athletes who in turn can add to the talent pool of our canoe sprint paddlers.
2013 - 2016 Strategy Development
One of the most important documents for our community in 2013 is the release of our four year strategy document. This sets out the Vision, Purpose and Values of our organisation as well as the Strategic Outcomes and Initiatives we are looking to achieve over the next four years. The role of the Board is to set the strategy but the document will have minimal value unless the community, being clubs, coaches, management, athletes, and officials, believe in it and have some input into it. The Board believe that clearly communicating what we are able to deliver and having the community have input into this is a first step to building a better culture. As a small sport we can only continue to out perform other larger sports by working together.
The consultation process is therefore very important. Consultation documents will be circulated by email to a list of targeted respondents this week and will also be available on the website for any interested members of our community to complete. Additionally we will have copies of the Draft Strategy and Consultation Response Form at the National Championships in Rotorua for you to pick up if interested. The consultation process will close in mid March. The Board will review the responses, finalise the Strategy, and communicate it with our community in by mid April.
AGM - Board Composition
Thanks to retiring Board Members Richard Bicknell and Bianca Teague for their commitment and expertise. There will be two vacancies for elected board member positions at this year's AGM. To assist delegates with identifying the most suitable candidates and to ensure that we can circulate CV’s to delegates ahead of the AGM the Board welcomes nominations early this week. The particular skills that the Board are looking to recruit include expertise in finance/accounting; legal; and/or high performance.
Don't forget to watch the Halberg Awards on Thursday night this week with our own Lisa Carrington and Gordon Walker both nominated as finalists in their respective categories. We are delighted that Lisa and Gordy's achievements are being recognised in this way and hope they enjoy celebrating their 2012 successes at this prestigious event on the New Zealand sporting calendar.