On Wednesday, Boccia New Zealand President Harvey Brunt announced Director of Boccia Luke Morriss had tendered his resignation in order to take a new position as of Coaching and Development Director at Squash NZ. He will remain on with the organization in some form until his replacement is found, with his last official day in his current position scheduled to be March 11.
Morriss joined the Boccia New Zealand in September 2010, and has used his role to increase the visibility of boccia inside New Zealand’s disability sport community. He is quoted in a Boccia New Zealand press release as saying, “I am really pleased to be leaving the organisation in a much better position than when I first started. The sport now has a number of new opportunities which can continue the development boccia has experienced in recent years.”
Brunt said of Morriss’s work, “Luke has done an outstanding job leading a successful organisational restructure during his time with us. […] Luke has been an integral part of Boccia during a pivotal period for the sport and organisation. […] His work in growing participation rates and organisation capability has given us a great platform from which to continue from.”
Last year, boccia held a national championship, had players competing in regional championships, and had players competing at events in Australia. More events are on the calendar for this year. New Zealand is currently ranked 27th in the world in the team event, and 29th in the BC3 pair event. The country did not send any boccia players to the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London.