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Eddie McGuire resigns from AA Board

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1 Eddie McGuire resigns from AA Board on Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:54 am

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Eddie McGuire steps down from AA Board

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09.09.2013


Athletics Australia can today confirm that Eddie McGuire has tendered his resignation from its Board of Directors after eight years of service to the sport of athletics.

After joining the Athletics Australia Board of Directors in March 2005, McGuire tendered his resignation on Wednesday, 4th September.

McGuire said his extensive business commitments had made it impossible to maintain the level of commitment that a director’s role demanded.

Athletics Australia President Rob Fildes OAM said athletics was grateful for McGuire’s tireless efforts on behalf of the sport over many years.

“Eddie has contributed considerably in the areas of media, sponsorship and general exposure of athletics to the community during his time on the Board,” Fildes said.

“He was instrumental in the securing of Qantas as our naming rights partner and in negotiating our free-to-air television coverage on the Nine Network.

“We are grateful for all his hard work and dedication in helping us improve athletics in Australia and we thank him for his considerable efforts during his eight years on the Board.”

McGuire’s resignation will take effect immediately.

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2 Re: Eddie McGuire resigns from AA Board on Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:14 pm

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The controversial eight year tenure of Eddie McGuire on the Athletics Australia Board is over following his resignation.

Athletics Australia and its Board’s continued support of McGuire, in the face of significant conflicts of interest, drew near universal condemnation within the athletics community and reached its pinnacle when the sport was evicted from the Melbourne’s historic Olympic Park. The ground was demolished in 2011 and turned into a training ground for the Collingwood Football Club, of which McGuire is President.

McGuire joined the Athletics Australia Board on 9 March 2005, and little over six months after his appointment was publicly advocating for athletics to be moved from the historic ground.

Despite the controversy, Athletics Australia President Rob Fildes praised McGuire’s contribution as a Director.

“Eddie has contributed considerably in the areas of media, sponsorship and general exposure of athletics to the community during his time on the Board,” Fildes said.

“He was instrumental in the securing of Qantas as our naming rights partner and in negotiating our free-to-air television coverage on the Nine Network.”

McGuire Media and Jam TV were engaged to produce the broadcasts of the domestic season, with it’s $441,375 price tag in 2011/12 an 89% increase on the costs from the year prior. McGuire did not play any part in the Board’s decision to appoint his company.

Recently Twenty3 Sport + Entertainment, of whom McGuire is also a Director, was engaged as the marketing agency for the Stawell Gift, creating another potential conflict of interest for the man dubbed ‘Eddie Everywhere.’

McGuire cited his ‘extensive business commitments had made it impossible to maintain the level of commitment that a director’s role demanded.’

From 2005 to 2012 McGuire attended only 22 of the 48 AA Board meetings that took place (an attendance rate of 46%).

Athletics’s governance is currently in the gun sights of the Australian Sports Commission, with a 20% cut to Athletics Australia’s government funding threatened if reform does not take place. Merger discussions with Little Athletics Australia are due to conclude at the end of the month.

http://www.insideathletics.com.au/editorial/13788-mcguire-resigns-from-athletics-australia-board

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