News & Updates

7 January 2022 • High Performance

Athletics NZ hails the contribution of a pair of influential HP staff

Departing Athletics NZ HP Director Scott Goodman pictured with Dame Valerie Adams (Credit: Alisha Lovrich).

Athletics NZ has today announced the departure of two key high performance staff for family reasons.

After more than ten years in the role, Scott Goodman has resigned from his successful tenure as High Performance Director and Dale Stevenson, Lead Coach Throws, has signalled his intention to head back to his native Australia in March. Scott, who is also heading back home to Australia, will leave Athletics NZ in late January to take up a new sporting role in his homeland.

Scott is the longest standing HP Director with a major New Zealand national sports organisation, joining Athletics NZ in 2011. He has overseen a highly successful period for the sport in New Zealand highlighted by four medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and two medals at the recent Tokyo Olympics and a hugely impressive nine-medal haul at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and seven medals at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Scott leaves an outstanding legacy from his time in New Zealand. He led significant growth in the strength and depth of able-bodied athletics and drove the full integration of Para athletics leading to an unprecedented era of success for Para track and field athletes.

Departing Athletics NZ Lead Throws coach Dale Stevenson pictured with Tom Walsh (Credit: Alisha Lovrich).

While heading back to Australia with family in March, Stevenson will formally step down from his role with Athletics NZ after the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in August. Dale came on board in 2014 and has played a leading role in the development and ongoing success of New Zealand’s throws programme.

Best known for his long-standing coaching relationship with double Olympic bronze medallist and three-time world champion Tom Walsh, he more recently also guided Dame Valerie Adams to Olympic bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and successfully coached Lauren Bruce to the Oceania hammer record.

Tom has already transitioned to being coached by Hayden Hall, who has been an assistant coach and mentored by Dale for the last several years. Lauren Bruce will continue to be coached by Dale for the foreseeable future.

Athletics NZ CEO Pete Pfitzinger paid tribute to both men saying, “Both Scott and Dale have made defining and lasting contributions to our high performance culture and can be very proud of their achievements during their time with us. They will be sorely missed.

“Scott has endured limited family time for over a decade and with Covid-19 travel implications an ongoing issue we fully support his decision to return home. Dale is similarly putting family first around his decision.

“We wish them both the very best and know they will continue to support Athletics NZ in the years ahead.”