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6 September 2005, 01:38 pm
Yachting Australia Strengthens Executive Team And Support For Offshore Sailing
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Yachting Australia has strengthened its team, with the appointment of two new management positions. The change has been developed after a thorough structure review and will enable Yachting Australia to deliver the key outcomes of the 2005-2009 Strategic Plan.
Tracey JOHNSTONE returns to Yachting Australia to take up the newly created role of Sport Services Manager. JOHNSTONE was High Performance Manager in the organization from 1997 to 2001. Since then, she has studied successfully for her Masters in Sport Management and contracted to a number of sports organization's including Surf Life Saving Australia, Singapore Sailing Federation and the Australian Waterski Federation.

JOHNSTONE faces a series of very different challenges in her new role. The wide-ranging Sport Services area includes participation, sport development, competition and high performance, not including Olympic and Paralympic Programmes.

Alastair SNELL joins as Administration Manager. SNELL spent eight years as the Executive Director of Netball New Zealand and most recently was the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Academy of Sport North. He is a career Sports Administrator and brings a wealth of experience to the organization.

SNELL 's responsibilities include planning, budgeting and finance, insurance and risk, member services, IT services and human resources.

Fiona MEDWIN, National Training Manager appointed in January 2005, is the final member of the current executive team. The search will start shortly for a dedicated Olympic and Paralympic Programme Manager.

'We have a great team here. There is a wide range of experience and skills which can only add value to the organization.' said Phil JONES, CEO. 'Everyone is very dedicated and fully committed to the outcomes that have been agreed. I am really looking forward to working with the new team.'

The previous roles of Manager Sport Development & Performance and Commercial Manager, vacant since June 2005 and November 2004 respectively, do not exist under the new structure.

Support for keelboat and offshore sailing is strengthened as a result of other changes. Following the departure of Erin CAMERON, Kristi RUUS moves to the role of Competition Coordinator. She will have the support of Tony MOONEY, contracted to provide technical input particularly in the IRC, measurement and safety areas.

Jo Dikkenberg (As Amended By ISAF)
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