Gridiron Australia Limited (GA) held its 2014 Annual General Meeting and then its annual face-to-face board meeting on the weekend of 14/15 June 2014 in Sydney. I am pleased to advise that all affiliated bodies were represented at these meetings, including Gridiron Victoria.
I am proud to advise that I have been elected as your Chairman replacing David Sedgwick who recently advised of his intention to step down from this position after many years of strong service to the sport at both a State and National level due to work commitments.
I would personally like to thank and acknowledge David for his contribution to our game which has given the sport a solid foundation to move forward.
The recent meeting was also attended by representatives of Gridiron Tasmania who have been actively promoting the sport in the Apple Isle to currently have more than 70 active players training to commence their inaugural season in October 2014. With teams based in both Launceston and Hobart, it is anticipated that the Tigers will have in excess of 100 players by the kickoff date. The GA Board were pleased to receive and unanimous to approve the affiliation request from Gridiron Tasmania which also granted their nominee Matt Cameron a seat on the GA Board along with the other affiliated members of GA.
Your newly elected GA Board is:
- Darrin Mitchell – Chairman
- Richard Gill – Director
- Lyle Cameron – Director
- Sam Weller – Director
- Thomas Etherton – Director
- Shaun Dove – Director
- Casey Stein – Director
- Matt Cameron – Director
- Matt Steel – Director & Secretary
Also appointed were Chris Josey as Financial Controller and Geoff Hiddleston as National Coaching Director. Chris Josey was also appointed as the Commissioner for International Relations and Development.
The Board has spent a great deal of time building the basis for a strategic plan for the game in Australia and spent time over the past weekend fine tuning the key areas. The Gridiron Australia Strategic Plan will be finalised in the coming month and released for all our members to view the Board’s plans for the future direction of our sport.
The key areas of development across the nation including junior football, womens football, mens football, flag football, national teams (including Junior, Senior, Women and national coaching) and policy development/maintenance will be regularly monitored by GA. A director has been assigned to each key area to:
- foster relations between the States in those areas;
- promote the sharing of useful information; and
- provide a direct line of communication between members and the GA Board.
The respective directors will be contacting each State body in the coming weeks to kick off this program.
The website for GA is being overhauled. This is well and truly overdue and will be active in the coming month or two giving all GA members, supporters and interested parties a useful source of information for updates on club, State and National activities along with corporate governance. You will be invited to visit this website for details on the changes that will be occurring in our game. I would also urge you to encourage others to visit it also.
A strong foundation has been laid for the progression of the sport in Australia. It is anticipated that differences that presently exist can be discussed in the coming months and settled to once again return present Gridiron Australia as a united body to represent the sport both here and on the international stage.