The shark may not be dead just yet.
Tasman Rugby Union chief executive Tony Lewis and chairman Ken Beams today released a joint statement via the union’s Facebook page, apologising to fans for the way it changed its logo last month.
Since the union announced its new logo, many fans have spoken of their dislike of it, in particular the fact that it was done without consulting fans or players.
Media columns and social media comments have been critical of the decision and even the players have taken to Facebook to show their support for the original, a logo which many players have had tattooed on them.
And today Tony and Ken acknowledged that the union had made some mistakes.
Here is their statement in full:
“TO OUR MAKOS FANS.
Firstly, we want to take the opportunity to thank you all for your support of the Makos. We all love the team and want the best for it.
As you will know there has been a lot of discussion about the new logo. We know that we have made some mistakes in terms of the process we have followed. You – our Mako players and our fans – have understandably challenged us on that. We have been listening and we are continuing to listen.
On behalf of the board we would like to acknowledge our mistakes and apologise.
We have been consulting with our Makos players about the best way forward.
We have no doubt that the image of a shark is a key part of how the Makos team represents itself. The mako shark is a key part of our culture. It’s our mascot and the energy and spirit of the shark is something that we all identify with.
We will come back to you with some further information about the next steps that we propose regarding our logo and branding after our next board meeting on 25 May.
In the meantime if you have any concerns please call Tony Lewis directly on 021 515 448.
Tony Lewis, CEO, TRU
Ken Beams, Chairman, TRU”.