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Athletics NSW Chief Executive Officer Duncan Tweed to step down from role.



SYDNEY – Friday, 14 December 2018 –

Duncan Tweed joined Athletics NSW in October 2015 and has played an important role in its change and evolution over the past three and a half years. Tweed has strengthened the governance of the Sport including risk management, balancing grassroots and high-performance objectives, and harnessing community engagement in order to increase participation.

With the recent finalisation of a range of new Mass Participation initiatives in conjunction with Athletics Australia, Athletics NSW and Tweed felt it was an appropriate time for the next phase of the development of Athletics NSW to commence.

“I am extremely proud of the advances that we have been able to drive over the past three and a half years. These include the restructure of both the summer and winter competition programs, resulting in higher participant satisfaction,” states Tweed. “Participation numbers for ANSW events continue to grow, while the balance sheet of the organisation has gone from strength to strength. Most importantly, there is now a stronger understanding of, and belief in, the OneSport journey. There is a OneSport Strategic Plan in place and athletics is now a lot further down the road to a unified sport in NSW.”

Athletics NSW Chairman, Dr Peter Higgins paid tribute; “Duncan has done a great job leading Athletics NSW. He will leave the role with our sport in a strong position to continue its upward trajectory.  Under Duncan’s leadership we have added significantly to the coaching, officiating and communications resources within the sport, and have continued to invest in athletics infrastructure. At the same time Athletics NSW remains in an enviable financial position.”

Mr Tweed acknowledged Athletics NSW in response, “My sincere thanks go to the Board, staff, members and officials of Athletics NSW for their support over the past three years, and in particular to those who are volunteering their time to help the sport at all levels.”

The Athletics NSW Board has partnered with the global search firm SRI to lead the search for Tweed’s replacement. Higgins continued, “It is an exciting time to be involved in the sport of Athletics. We have made some new and brave initiatives over the past 12-18 months. In addition to this change we are developing a landmark recreational running event for the western suburbs of Sydney and an equally innovative event for the eastern suburbs. There are exciting times ahead and we need a CEO to lead our organisation through the next stage of our Board’s strategy.”  Higgins will ensure an appropriate hand-over is in place between Tweed and the new CEO.

SRI is a global search firm that specialises in the Sport, Media & Entertainment industries. SRI has been part of the sports landscape both domestically and internationally for the last 17 years. SRI has invested in the development and modernisation of National and State Governing bodies in Australia and has worked hard to maintain a contemporary overview of the sports market and its key drivers.

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