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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.”