Rex Capil resigns

TONY SMITH
Last updated 11:36 09/12/2012
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NICOLE GOURLEY/Fairfax NZ
Rex Capil, of Invercargill.

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Softball New Zealand chairman Rex Capil has quit _ a week before a special general meeting called by provincial associations seeking major changes to the way the national body is run.

Capil did not respond to a request for comment, but Fairfax NZ understands his resignation is not directly related to the expression of no confidence in SNZ's board and management by at least 10 constituent associations.

His decision was made for personal reasons.

Capil, group manager of community development a and events at Venture Southland, has also relinquished his role as chairman of the New Zealand Rugby League's southern zone board and a school trustee's position in Invercargill.

SNZ general manager Dane Dougan said he could not comment until after a board meeting in Auckland where the National Fastpitch Championships were being held.

Capil is not expected to be at the board and Fairfax NZ understands board member Nicky Sherriff could be appointed as the acting chair.

The special general meeting ­_ to be held at SNZ's Lower Hutt headquarters on December 15 was backed by associations concerned softball was in a precarious position, on and off the diamond.

They issued a discussion document, Rebuilding Our Foundations, which called for a "high-energy change manager'' to be appointed to turn SNZ around.

Discontent had been simmering for some time but it reached a peak in July when SNZ lost $300,000 in funding from the New Zealand Community Trust, forcing a staff reviewing which led to the loss of five positions, including key high performance personnel.

New Zealand softball's four powerhouse provinces _ Auckland, Wellington, Hutt Valley and Canterbury are among those backing the drive for change and SNZ president Hilton Earley has also lent his support.

They want the special meeting to attend four key areas of concern: "a lack of clear vision, a lack of strong and objective leadership at the top, a lack of dynamic delivery capability at both SNZ and regional level and a lack of any innovative recruitment/growth strategies".

The associations want SNZ to set up a "working group of quality people" to create a new vision for softball with a 2013-18 strategy sub-committee charged with developing a new five-year strategic plan.

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