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Laughton steps down from role at British Skeleton

March 18, 2014 07:59 am

British Skeleton's performance director is stepping down from his role to seek a new challenge.

Nigel Laughton joined the organisation after working in cricket and rugby union and has presided over unprecedented success during his three years in charge.

British sliders have won 70 medals, including Olympic gold for Lizzy Yarnold and Shelley Rudman's world title.

"With the end of this incredible Olympic cycle the timing is right for me to move on and find a new performance challenge," said Laughton.

"It will I hope, provide the least disruption to the athletes and coaches during a time whilst the merger with bobsleigh is also occurring. 

"This has been a sensational and successful three years and I feel enormously proud of what this team has achieved and where British Skeleton has moved.

"I have worked with many elite sportsmen and women in my career, but few compare with those I have had the privilege to work with and honour to lead.”

British Skeleton chair paid tribute to Laughton, who will leave his post in three months and play a part in choosing his successor.

“Nigel has been a tremendous asset to British Skeleton, and while we are so sorry to see him move on, we respect his decision," he said. 

"I am delighted he has agreed to work with the Board to help us in both the securing of our funding for the PyeongChang 2018 cycle along with the seamless handover to his successor over the next three months.” 

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