International Expert Appointed to Keep New Zealanders Winning on the World Stage
High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) are delighted to announce the appointment of Erik-Jan Koers to the Senior Leadership Team as General Manager Performance and Strategic Investment.
Koers arrives from the NOC*NSF (The Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation) where as Performance Manager Sports Intelligence he led the NOC*NSF elite sports programs monitoring, evaluation and feedback system as well as the financial management of the NOC*NSF elite sports investment program.
Confirming the appointment, HPSNZ Chief Executive Alex Baumann commented:
“I am delighted to welcome Erik-Jan to the New Zealand high performance system. The position of General Manager Performance and Strategic Investment is fundamental to HPSNZ, as it leads our targeted investment approach, which is a central part of our strategy”.
“Erik-Jan brings more than 20 years’ sports management experience across a number of leadership and senior management positions including Performance Intelligence, Elite Sports Policy, Elite Programme Management as well as leadership roles within the NSO environment”.
Koers was also a key part of the Dutch high performance system that recently achieved 19 medals for the Netherland’s at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, including eight gold.
“With his experience and performance driven philosophy, Erik-Jan will play a key role in delivering HPSNZ’s targeted investment strategy in partnership with sporting organisations, to co-create a world-leading, sustainable high performance sport system”.
Reflecting on his appointment, Koers commented:
“I am truly appreciative and excited by the opportunity provided by Alex and the HPSNZ Board. New Zealand is a proud sporting nation with a clear targeted investment approach and performance-driven model built on collaboration. I believe this has been a defining feature of the New Zealand system that has achieved the success we on the world stage today”.
“With a continued focus on the biggest prizes and ambition to build depth in sports with the greatest potential for winning medals, I believe there are even greater things to come. It’s an exciting time for high performance sport in New Zealand and I’m delighted to be given this opportunity to make a contribution”.
With an Executive Masters in Sports Organization Management (IOC), a Bachelor’s in Sport Management and a Master’s in Business Law, Mr. Koers will join HPSNZ in March 2017.