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Athletics Wellington announces Development Manager 1 Feb 2013.

Athletics Wellington is pleased to announce the appointment of a full time Sports Development Manager - the first time the sport has had a full time paid employee working in the region.

Jo Murray started in the role today. "The Board is delighted to have secured someone of Jo's calibre", says Todd Stevens, Chairman of Athletics Wellington. Jo has proven expertise in sport, having worked in the industry for the last 22 years. Until recently she owned and managed Kelly Sports. "We were very impressed with the significant growth Kelly Sports has achieved in the last 6 years under Jo's leadership, particularly the encouragement given to kids to have fun, build confidence and to give sport a go."

Jo is the Convener of the Olympic Harrier Junior Track and Field Club. "The Olympic Club's junior section is a real success story, and Jo will now have the mandate and the focus to drive that success throughout the Wellington region", says Todd.

Jo will be broadly focused on:
- increasing the number and improving the quality of athletics coaches in the region
- assisting clubs to improve their delivery and capability
- increasing participation in competitive and social athletics.

Jo says "I have a real passion for sport, in particular athletics. This role has come along at a perfect time for me and I'm looking forward to growing the sport of athletics at all levels."

The establishment of the Development Manager role would not have been possible without the support of many parties. "We are very grateful for the support which has enabled us to secure the role financially for the next 3 years", says Todd. Investment has come from Sport Wellington, via KiwiSport, Athletics NZ, NZ Community Trust and the sport itself. "We look forward to working with Jo, clubs and athletes to ensure the faith of our funders is fully repaid."

Todd Stevens

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