|Peter de Boer. Photo © WCF|
19 Jul 2017 – The New Zealand Curling Association (NZCA) today named Peter de Boer of Wellington as National Coach.
John Campbell, chairman of the NZCA’s High Performance Committee said, “The appointment of Peter de Boer as our first ever National Coach follows a detailed review of New Zealand’s international curling performance. Our review found that the greatest factor in high international performance was high-quality coaching, combined with committed and dedicated athletes.”
“We are very pleased to appoint Peter to this important role for the future of our sport, and we will support him as he establishes his programs for the next Olympic cycle”.
de Boer, 45, has represented New Zealand as an athlete on 7 occasions. He skipped New Zealand to a 5th place finish at the 2012 World Men’s Curling Championship, and competed in the 2013 Olympic Qualification Event.
Asked about making the transition from athlete to coach, de Boer said “I am excited about the opportunity to make a difference as National Coach. As a competitor I know the potential talent we have in New Zealand, as well as the challenges we face in developing that talent to an Olympic-level standard.”
“I am determined to make the absolute most of the resources we have available to us with the aim of once again seeing New Zealand curlers competing at an Olympic Winter Games”.
|Peter de Boer at 2016 Pacific Asia Championships, with Scott Becker (L) and Warren Dobson (R). Photo © WCF / Richard Gray|
The National Coach will have responsibilities for all of New Zealand’s high performance international representative teams, as well as for the development of future internationally competitive athletes. de Boer will work with other team coaches, and directly with athletes, to achieve these aims.
New Zealand is an active international curling nation, competing in all World Curling Federation Olympic disciplines (open Men’s and Women’s fours, Mixed Doubles) as well as nearly every other World Curling Federation sanctioned international competition (World Juniors, World Seniors, World Mixed Fours, Youth Olympics).
New Zealand’s last Olympic curling appearance was at the 2006 Torino Olympics (Men’s team). New Zealand has medalled at World Mixed Doubles Championship and World Senior Men’s Curling Championship level.