Armstrong to take over key YNZ role


Armstrong to take over key YNZ role

She’s won Olympic gold, coached sailors to youth world titles and overseen a revival of activity at her local yacht club and now Jenny Armstrong will combine all of her knowledge and experiences when she joins Yachting New Zealand.

Armstrong will tomorrow start as Yachting New Zealand’s women’s sailing manager and Laser Radial programme manager, taking over from Rosie Chapman who is relocating to the United States with her partner after a couple of years in the role.

Along with a high performance focus, Armstrong will be tasked with the continued implementation of Yachting New Zealand’s Women and Girls in Sailing Strategy, which aims to attract, develop and retain more females in sailing, inspire future champions and advance diversity and equal opportunities across all levels of the sport in this country.

She will also oversee the Laser Radial programme, and next month Annabelle Rennie-Younger and Olivia Christie will return to international competition at the Laser Radial world championships in Oman. 

“I’m really excited to get stuck into helping with the Women and Girls in Sailing Strategy and help females get set up in the sport and helping more to compete at the highest level,” Armstrong said. “Rosie has done a really good job to set this up and it’s now about developing it even further.

“I have the experience. I know what it takes to make it and that gets you a long way with athletes when building trust because you are talking about real-life experiences. That gets you a head start.”

Armstrong’s route to the top is unlike most. She finished fourth in the Europe dinghy for New Zealand at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics before switching allegiance to Australia and winning gold with Belinda Stowell in the women’s 470 at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

She’s also coached the likes of Seb Menzies and Blake McGlashan to gold at the youth sailing world championships and has played a leading hand with her local club in Dunedin since returning to her roots in 2016. You can learn more about her story in this Yachting New Zealand podcast.

Armstrong will remain in Dunedin with the aim of spending one week every month in Auckland once the city’s borders reopen.

“I will ensure the regions and South Island have a loud voice because that probably hasn’t always been the case,” she said. “Hopefully I can be someone people feel comfortable talking to whether it’s for guidance or support.”

Armstrong will inevitably work the boat park at this weekend’s Laser Radial South Island championships in Picton, emphasising the pathways available to both young females and males, but will also go there to build on her overall win in the Radial masters division at this year’s Laser national championships.

She will then spend next week alongside some of this country’s top female coaches from any sport involved in High Performance Sport New Zealand’s women in high performance sport project, Te Hāpaitanga, a national programme to expand the female coaching talent pool. Chapman has been involved in another arm of the project as one of eight women in the residency programme.

“The [Te Hāpaitanga] programme has been really interesting,” Armstrong said. “I’m learning a lot and it has given me a lot more confidence to say what I think. It will be nice to be able to apply some of what I have learned in this role.”

Armstrong will work closely with Yachting New Zealand national sport development director Raynor Haagh as well as high performance director Ian Stewart.

“It’s great to have someone of Jenny’s calibre taking over this important role and it feels good having a strong South Island connection,” Stewart said. 

“Rosie has done a really good job over the last couple of years with things like women’s health and coach mentorship and we wish her well with her move back to the United States.”

  • Pic: Jenny Armstrong, left, will take over from Rosie Chapman, right. Photo: Yachting New Zealand.

Sailing by yachtingnz.org.nz

 

Popular Listings

  • King on Anzac Street
    NAI Harcourts is excited to offer 15 Anzac Street in Takapuna, Auckland for sale by Deadline Private Treaty - a multi tenanted split risk investment in the heart of Takapuna. Closing 4:00pm Thursday 2nd December 2021 (unless sold prior). Situated in a prime position on Anzac Street, this two level, solidly built 1970's building provides excellent street exposure and natural light to all sides. Featuring drive around vehicle access with 14 on-site car parks, the property is currently leased to five tenants with a sixth tenancy vacant. Estimated potential rental is $161,762 + GST + outgoings. Current leases are expiring from August 2023 to November 2027. Total net lettable area of approx 666m². Zoned Business - Metropolitan Centre Zone, this rectangle shaped freehold site of 875m² (more or less) creates offers exciting future development potential. Located in the high growth area, it is handy to the many cafes, restaurants and bars, close to the Shore City shopping centre and main street shops, a movie theatre and only a short walk to Takapuna Beach. This is a superb location for socialising, shopping, relaxing and business. An affluent North Shore suburb approximately 10 minutes drive from the Auckland CBD in off peak traffic, Takapuna is a highly desirable and unique Auckland coastal location, give NAI Harcourts a call to add this crown to your portfolio.
  • Rare Albany Yard – 2,212m²
    FOR LEASE - Price by negotiation This superbly positioned Industrial headquarters is located just 2 minutes from the SH1 interchange at Greville Road, Rosedale, offering fast, easy access to the North Shore, SH18 and the wider Auckland region. The main build comprises functional office and amenities, adjoined by a high stud workshop with a roller door, and high-stud, canopied warehouse bays. The open front bays offer versatile space for storage of materials, vehicles or equipment, for manufacturing and fabrication, or alternatively could be repurposed for vehicle/equipment dealing or servicing. Located at the elevated, culdesac end of Cowley Place, this property also offers visibility to SH1. BUILDINGS Canopied high stud shed space - 435m² Secure workshop - 110m² Office - 240m² 15 exclusive car parks YARD Sealed hardstand - 1,427m² Additional yard space is potentially available immediately adjacent at 13 Cowley Place - 1,129m² Light Industrial zoning. Available February 2022 Call NAI Harcourts today to arrange a viewing and get more information on this unique property.
  • Well Located Takapuna Office
    15 Anzac Street enjoys a high profile position opposite the central Takapuna car park. Handy to everything Takapuna has to offer, this first floor office must be considered. Currently configured with four partitioned rooms and an open plan workspace surrounded by windows creating a light filled working environment. Floor area 130m² Features: - Functional layout - Fibre Internet - Existing fit-out - Three on-site car parks - Available now For more information and an appointment to view this well appointed space please contact the agents at NAI Harcourts today.
  • Road Front Opportunity! Office/Showroom + Warehouse
    Located on the busy intersection of Ti Rakau Drive and Torrens Road. A perfect match for a retail/office tenant which also requires a large warehouse on-site. The property offers a good warehouse to office ratio, comprising approx. 1238.20m² of warehouse, 411.80m² office/showroom/amenities and ample car parking spaces. Features: - Prime position, road front corner site - Excellent exposure - Signage opportunities - Convenient customer and staff car parking - Available NOW - New lease/ Lease Assignment For more information and an appointment to view this well appointed space please contact the agents at NAI Harcourts today.
  • Trade Retail- 453 or 349m²
    Trade retail, glass front with roller door at rear. Prime position on Harris Road, join Ideal Electrical/NZ Safety and Choices Flooring. This prominent opportunity won't last long, last unit. East Tamaki is going super strong and the development in the area and Flat Bush has been outstanding. KEY FEATURES: - 453m² or 349m² - East Tamaki, close to Highbrook and motorways - Solid location with great presence - Great parking - High stud showroom and roller door at rear For more information and an appointment to view this property, please contact the agents at NAI Harcourts Cooper & Co today.
  • Star Retail on Rosedale Road Available NOW
    Exciting opportunity offering you one of the best retail spots in the popular Rosedale Retail Centre! Strategically located Road front at 96 Rosedale Road. A vibrant and great service hub currently with low vacancies, surrounded by many successful businesses including restaurants, bubble tea, pharmacy and healthcare, hair salon and various retail shops. Anchor tenants include Tai Ping Albany and Wang Korea Food Supermarket. Key Features: - 107m² (Approx.) - High profile and established retail centre - Great exposure with wide frontage - Ample shared car parking For more information and an appointment to view this property, please contact the agent at NAI Harcourts Cooper & Co today.