NZMCA President-elect Ross Hamilton to decline the role on the eve of this week’s national AGM

A serious cycling injury has forced NZMCA President-elect Ross Hamilton to decline the role on the eve of this week’s national AGM.

Instead, he has asked retiring President Bruce Stanger to stay on as the Association’s leader.

The unprecedented situation has unfolded over the past few days after Ross broke his femur and suffered other injuries while riding the Otago Rail Trail with his wife Carol.

While Ross is now in a stable condition in Dunedin Hospital, the seriousness of his injuries and complications during surgery mean he faces at least nine months of recovery.

Having served as the Association’s Vice-President for the past seven years, Ross had stood unopposed for the position of President following Bruce Stanger’s decision to retire. His three-year term was to commence during this Friday’s AGM.

Naturally disappointed to not be able to fulfil the role, Ross says his primary concern is to ensure the stable leadership and momentum which the Association has benefitted from over the past decade continues uninterrupted.

“For that reason, I have asked President Bruce to reconsider his decision to retire.”

Although expecting to step back from the role on Friday, Bruce Stanger, who has been the NZMCA’s President since taking over from Dick Waters in 2011, has indicated he’s prepared to stay on – as long as Ross’s proposal has the support of the Board and the membership. 

“This is an extraordinary situation,” he said. “I’m really disappointed for Ross after the years of support he’s given me as President and his achievements as Vice-President.

“But, like him, I believe the needs of the Association must be our first priority so I’ll put Ross’s proposal forward to be considered along with other options at Thursday’s Board meeting; with the intention of the Board then being able to report their recommendation to Friday’s National AGM.”


Philip Howley

Good luck with your recovery Ross. And a big thanks to Bruce for agreeing to stay on.

4 weeks ago
Glenys Wealleans

Wishing you a speedy recovery Ross, I am at home also on the mend after having a fall off my Bike a week ago on the Clutha Gold trail - not as serious as yours, whip lash, concussion and contusion on the knee!

4 weeks ago
Jan Saywell

All the best for a speedy recovery. Rob & Jan Saywell 4809

4 weeks ago
Carolyn Woods

our best wishes to both ross & bruce during this extraordinary event & may you both soon enjoy your usual health, activity & equally extraordinary leaderships

4 weeks ago
Malcolm Bell

Very sorry to hear of your accident Ross and the following complications. Best wishes for a full recovery and big ups for Bruce agreeing to carry on.

4 weeks ago

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