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Hamish Carter stands down from High Performance Sport New Zealand after role in Cycling NZ saga

Hamish Carter has resigned from his role as High Performance Sport New Zealand's campaign consultant manager, following the fallout from the review into Cycling New Zealand.

After it was revealed by 1 NEWS that Carter had passed on confidential athlete feedback to coach Anthony Peden, the former Olympic triathlete has stood down from his role with HPSNZ.

Carter was acting as the HPSNZ representative overseeing the sprint programme and he conducted the debrief after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Jainero.

Highly confidential athlete and staff notes from that debrief were obtained by 1 NEWS and they were given to Anthony Peden by Carter.

In a statement today, High Performance Sport New Zealand confirmed the news of Carter's departure, saying:

"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."

"Hamish's resignation will take effect immediately and HPSNZ will not be making any further comment at this time."

Carter himself also released a statement, apologising for his role in the turmoil within Cycling New Zealand.

"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," Carter says.

"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 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."
 

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Carter, an Olympic gold medallist, was the High Performance Sport Representative overseeing the sprint programme. Source: 1 NEWS


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