New sports supremo McDermott rolls up his sleeves

Brendon McDermott is Sport Southland's new chief executive, with a takeover date yet to be determined.

McDermott, who has worked for the regional sports trust for the past six years and is the general manager, will take over the chief executive reins from Richard Hoskin, who has chosen to move home to Arrowtown to spend more time with his family.

Hoskin has signalled his intent to leave in February after four years at the helm. However, an official date will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

"I am thrilled to accept the appointment and the opportunity to further develop such a successful organisation," McDermott said.

"I believe Sport Southland has increased its profile in recent years and is doing some great things for the community. It will be my role to ensure that continues to happen and that we continue to grow."

"I would like to congratulate Richard on his time at Sport Southland and the way in which he has led the organisation to be one of real value, not only to the sport and recreation sector, but to the community in general."

Hoskin said McDermott's appointment would offer a smooth transition, given his experience with Sport Southland.

"I think it is a very good appointment for Sport Southland given where it is at in terms of its growth and direction," he said.

"Brendon will provide strong leadership for the organisation."

Sport Southland chairman David Burnett said the board was delighted to appoint McDermott to the position.

"We had applications from all over New Zealand and went through a thorough recruitment process with Sport New Zealand," he said.

"We think it is a really positive sign for Sport Southland in that somebody who has worked hard for the organisation for the past six years has been rewarded with the top job. Brendon is passionate about Sport Southland and the work it does and he has great support from all of the staff as well."

The Southland Times