Hamish Carter Resigns from High Performance Sport New Zealand
Hamish has acknowledged responsibility for his mistake in disclosing interview summaries to Anthony Peden and takes the opportunity to apologise publicly to those athletes and staff who may have been affected by this mistake. “I want to assure all athletes and other stakeholders with whom I have worked over the years that my overarching priority has always been to support them and their success.”
“In accepting the resignation, HPSNZ would like to recognise Hamish’s contribution to the organisation since joining in 2013 and acknowledge the honesty and integrity he has shown in responding to the report by Michael Heron QC” says HPSNZ Chief Executive Michael Scott. “There has been no agreement or settlement between us relating to Hamish’s decision to leave HPSNZ and we want to be clear that Hamish has made this decision on his own account”.
Hamish’s resignation will take effect immediately and HPSNZ will not be making any further comment at this time.
Statement from Hamish Carter
As I told Mr Heron in the Cycling NZ review, I did provide confidential interviews to Mr Peden. I accept full responsibility for that genuine mistake. I want to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise to those athletes and staff affected by my error.
I want to assure all athletes and other stakeholders with whom I have worked over the years that my overarching priority has always been to support them and their success.
I would also like to thank my family, especially my wife Marisa, and friends who have supported me during this process. I feel very sad to be moving away from sport, something I truly love and am passionate about. I hope that one day I can return, but for now I need some time away.
I will not be making any further comments as I know there are many athletes and campaigns working hard towards the Tokyo Games, and the focus should go back to enabling them to achieve.