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Fiona de Jong named to the Surfing Australia board



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De Jong the Former Chief Executive Officer (Secretary General) of the Australian Olympic Committee

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 February, 2017 - Surfing Australia today announced the appointment of Fiona de Jong to the Board. With surfing’s inclusion as a new Olympic sport, Fiona brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area, as former Chief Executive Officer (Secretary General) of the Australian Olympic Committee.

A former triathlete and lawyer, boasting 10 Olympic campaigns, Fiona will play an integral role as a board member in Surfing Australia’s quest for Olympic Gold in Japan 2020. 

"I'm delighted to be of service to the newest and possibly coolest of Olympic sports. I look forward to working with the outstanding leadership team at Surfing Australia to embrace its Olympic inclusion and see more Australians become World and Olympic champions in the years to come, “said Fiona. 

Staying true to our core surfing roots, we are equally as excited and proud to announce the appointment of World Surf League Men’s World Tour competitor Adrian Buchan to the Board of Surfing Australia. 

A 2-time World Junior Champion and 10 years on tour as a professional surfer makes ‘Ace’ the perfect addition to the Board, having strong surf credibility and connection to the surfing community. 

“It’s an honour to be appointed to the Board of Surfing Australia. My success as a junior and on to the World Tour was underpinned by the brilliant career pathway created by Surfing Australia. To now have the opportunity to give back to the next generation of young Australian surfers and ensure the continued success of our surfers on the World Tour is a great privilege. Surfing Australia’s Sport Development Pathway from Weet-Bix SurfGroms right through to the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance centre is second to none. With the Olympics around the corner I’m confident we can solidify our position and capitalise on the great platform we have,” said Adrian. 

After ten years of valued service to the Surfing Australia Board, Matt Finnis, current CEO of St Kilda Football Club, has decided to step down from his position. 

"It has been a privilege to serve as a director of Surfing Australia for the past decade - a period of great change for the organisation.  Surfing Australia plays an incredibly important role in harnessing the passion of surfers to grow the sport and nurture the careers of our budding World Champions. With the Olympics on the horizon and such a committed and talented team of people involved, the future is very bright," said Matt. 

Similarly, well-known surf journalist and bestselling author Sean Doherty retired from the Board of Surfing Australia in November 2016 after 12 years of service. 

Surfing Australia greatly values and sincerely appreciates Matt and Sean’s commitment, guidance and support they have shown to their roles as Board Members over their tenures. 

The stepping down of Matt and Sean has provided the opportunity to bring two new members onto the board who compliment the skill set of our current directors and wholeheartedly support our mission to create a healthier and happier Australia through surfing.

Surfing Australia Chair and 7 x World Champion Layne Beachley said: “Sean and Matt have played an integral role in Surfing Australia’s success over the last 10 years and I’m sad to see them go. Their dedication, intellect and passion for surfing and the organization have left an indelible and positive impact.” 

“I am, however, incredibly excited to have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from Adrian and Fiona and I have no doubt their experience and wisdom will add tremendous value to our board and the continued success of Surfing Australia.”

Blainey Woodham

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