Sport New Zealand is facing the prospect of its taxpayer-funded review of Swimming New Zealand – the third in five years – being rejected by the swimming community.
The final piece in the latest, lengthy assessment of the "dysfunctional" national sports organisation has arrived with a new draft constitution.
The proposed core document completes 21 damning recommendations by review leader Chris Moller. The former New Zealand Rugby Union boss and current chair of New Zealand Cricket has called for sweeping change within Swimming NZ, including the resignation of the board, a new chief executive and a new constitution.
The swimming community, which initiated the calls for change in their sport after losing faith in swimming's national administrators, welcomed Moller's recommendations.
But while the community has accepted the need for a new constitution, the document's actual draft content has caused surprise and serious concern.
Both Sport NZ boss Peter Miskimmin and Moller say they've no reason to believe the recommendations and constitution won't be accepted at a special general meeting on July 28.
"I haven't heard anything that has made me concerned at this point," Miskimmin said.
But a source, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Sunday Star-Times the likes of Miskimmin and Moller "risk egg on their face if a review which might already have cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars doesn't go through" because of late developments beyond the swimming community's control.
"We have supported the review, taken part in submissions and welcomed the recommendations, including the call for a new constitution," the source said.
"Everything was fine but the constitution that they're looking at has a number of areas in it which our region at least is not comfortable with. So much hangs in the balance for the sport of swimming with this and we want to talk this document through."
Moller, while on holiday in the Caribbean, told the Star-Times he had no reason to doubt the constitution being accepted, but insisted the swimming community would have a chance to feed back into the document before the SGM vote.
"The feedback I've received has been positive, but I am in the Caribbean in the moment and not in touch with everything in New Zealand," Moller said.
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