New Black Cap
Newly-appointed Black Caps manager Dave Currie – chef de mission of the New Zealand team for the 2004 and 2008 Olympics campaigns and the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games – has worn many hats during his career and understands how difficult it is to make the sporting grade. Currie, who tried hard to become a marathon runner, said that it was commitment of the athletes that prompted him to become a sports administrator. “I tried very hard to be a competitive marathon runner and to get to the Olympics myself, but at the end of the day I simply wasn’t good enough. I’ve got some understanding though, of the commitment and effort athletes have to put in to get to the top,” he explained. Currie, whose role model is eminent mountaineer Edmund Hillary, said that he was also selected for the national wrestling team for a tour of India at the age of 17. Currie is contracted as Black Caps manager for the next three years. He will also manage the New Zealand contingent at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games next year and at the London Olympics in 2012.