Although Martin answers the question in the press release, you've got to be thinking is there any more space at 23 Degrees for any more Kiwis? I mean maybe MTBNZ should be employing Martin direct to manage all the New Zealand downhillers. With Brook on board Martin now manages four Kiwis (Justin, Blenki and recent signing Anton Cooper). Anyhow it's gotta be a good thing for Brook and will allow him more time to focus on the actual riding, and leave the bargaining to Martin. Oh and @teamrumoours is right again...
Full Press Release below:
World Number 6 Downhiller Brook MacDonald Signs With 23 Degrees
23 Degrees Sports Management announced today that it has finalized an agreement to represent 2009 Junior World Champion and World Number 6, Brook MacDonald of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. After an impressive 2011 that included 3 World Cup podiums and an overall 6th place in the series, Brook who turns 20 next week, has a big future ahead of him.
Brook had this to say: "Next year is a really important year for me. I want to build on the experience I gained this year and chase down my goals of being one of the top Downhillers on the circuit next year and hopefully gain a medal at the World Championships. To be honest, I struggle a bit with the admin and paper work side of the sport and just want to focus on my training and racing. I’ve seen what Martin and 23 Degrees has done for Sam (Blenkinsop) and other riders, and so I asked him to help me out with my career. I’m looking forward to it.”
Founder and Owner of 23 Degrees Sports Management, Martin Whiteley, commented on Brook’s signing.
"There’s no question that Brook is on the verge of something big in our sport and we’re very happy that he’s asked us to assist him. We’ll help him evaluate his sponsorship deals and take some of the burden away so he can put more of his focus into preparing for the season and racing at podium level in 2012. This brings our athlete management roster to 7; we don’t expect to add any more athletes going into next year as we have a great stable to work with for now".
Brook’s profile page can be found here.