Mystery still surrounds the coaching debacle hovering over top Olympic swimming medal hope Lauren Boyle.
After calls for government intervention around Boyle’s situation – she has spent six months now without a coach – it is understood Associate Minister of Sport Murray McCully visited the Millennium Institute of Sport, site of High Performance Sport New Zealand’s headquarters, on Friday.
HPSNZ refuses to say whether Crown employees met McCully and discussed the Boyle situation.
Three weeks ago FairfaxNZ revealed elite sport bosses have spent six months trying – and failing – to find a coach for world and Commonwealth swimming champion Boyle. HPSNZ chief executive Alex Baumann admitted an Olympic medal could be at stake but denied there was a need for ministerial intervention.
Already a “disappointed” Boyle has opted out of defending her 800m world short-course title, citing inadequate preparation.