Olympian windsurfer pulls out of Rio over lack of support

Author
Adam Cooper,
Section
Yachting,
Publish Date
Saturday, 12 March 2016, 1:39PM
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Fears that New Zealand may never be back competing in one of its most successful Olympic disciplines.

2012 windsurfing Olympian JP Tobin has pulled the pin on his Rio campaign, despite qualifying a spot, citing a lack of support from Yachting New Zealand.

New Zealand's won seven Olympic medals in windsurfing, and Tobin said the long-term lack of support for the discipline is heartbreaking.

"Windsurfing has traditionally been very strong but the support network has just really never existed, it's had starts but never any follow through, so where we're at now is that they haven't looked at it strongly and supported it when they should have."

He believes the country's talent pool is slowly drying out due to neglect from Yachting New Zealand.

Tobin said there are no pathways for any hopefuls to rise up the ranks.

"We've seen a number of young males in particular that have just given up, because they just can't see a pathway."

Female competitor Natalia Kosinska is still aiming to qualify for Rio, but Tobin said she's having to sell her own gear to fund her travel to qualifying regattas.

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