Yachting New Zealand today announced the appointment of Jez Fanstone, as the new Olympic Programme Manager.
Previously Jez was with the British Olympic Yachting Team, where he was triple Olympic Gold medalist, Ben Ainslie’s coach in the Finn class. For the last five years Ainslie has absolutely dominated the Finn class winning five world championships and two Olympic Gold medals.
Fanstone will also bring the knowledge of the ‘British system’ to the yachting New Zealand Olympic programme.
Yachting New Zealand also announced that Olympic board sailing gold medalist, Tom Ashley, will be joining their staff in an advisory role. Ashley will continue his 2012 Olympic campaign, while taking a year off from international sailing, but still maintaining his physical training including running a marathon.
He will attend Auckland University studying Law, this year. His sailing will be restricted to NZ competitions including Sail Auckland regatta and the RS:X Nationals.
Ashley said that he had promised himself to give away board sailing for a year leading into the 2008 Olympics, however after a break from the sport, he had got the old fire back, and was ready to go again.