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TRACK CYCLING

New Zealand seek Olympic women's track cycling coach

Monday 27 January 2014, 3:24PM
By BikeNZ
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New Zealand is on a global search for a new head coach for their women’s endurance track programme, heading towards the 2016 Rio Olympics and beyond.

Additional funding from High Performance Sport New Zealand will allow them to resurrect their women’s programme, which was put on hold because of costs associated with new UCI qualifying procedures and because the women’s team pursuit is not included in July’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

They received a further $400,000 per year through to Rio, which will help fund the women’s campaign and a fulltime national coach.

“Our women produced world class times in their first track late last year at the Oceania Championships,” BikeNZ High Performance Director, Mark Elliott said.

“There’s a real buy-in from the current squad and the new coach comes into the environment at an exciting stage as we begin our first centralised programme based at the new Avantidrome facility in Cambridge.”

BikeNZ hopes to have the coach in place to prepare the female riders for individual endurance events at Glasgow and focus on the team pursuit and omnium for the Rio Olympics.

The successful candidate will need a minimum eight years experience within high performance cycling, show world class coaching capability and the ability to lead a team of analysts, sports science and other key staff to produce a world class results.

Details of the position are available on www.bikenz.org.nz