The IFAF Congress for 2016 was held in New York on September 17.
Australia was represented at the congress by GA Chairman Darrin Mitchell, and by GA International Relationship Commissioner Chris Josey. During the Congress, Chris Josey was elected as Secretary of IFAF.
Read the full press release from IFAF here.
Gridiron Australia and Gridiron Victoria have come to an agreement allowing GV to appoint an Observer to the GA board. GV have nominated Mark Levin to take up this position.
This agreement does not amount to a return to full membership of GA by GV, but is a preparatory step for what is hoped to be a full return. There are still several issues that need to be resolved between GA and GV before full membership, and it is planned that this arrangement will assist in this process.
GV will be an observer in board activities and participate in the planning of the 2017 GA budget. It is our optimistic intention that agreement will be reached and GV return to full membership at the start of 2017, including participating in the Junior Nationals in QLD in April. However, even if agreement is not reach by then both sides are committed to continuing discussions and enabling an eventual return to full membership by GV.
The boards of both GA and GV ask members on both sides to cease the negative comments and instead work constructively as we all attempt to advance the sport throughout the country. Should members or other interested parties of either side have concerns, please speak with your local representative for clarification as the first step.
The board of Gridiron Australia has approved the budget for 2016.
The total budget of $175,415 includes:
- $35,750 for coaching development and coaching programs.
- $45,100 for marketing.
- $11,000 for officiating development.
- $42,257 for public liability and management insurance.
Full details are available here.
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The 2016 Gridiron Australia AGM was held on 18 June 2016 at the Holiday Inn Sydney Airport. The current board is:
• Darrin Mitchell (Chairman)
• Shaun Dove (Deputy Chairman, Officiating, AGOA)
• Matt Steel (National Teams, NSW)
• Ben Sinapati (QLD)
• Kevin Wilson (WA)
• Tom Etherton (SA)
• Chris Jackson (TAS, represented at this meeting by Jeff Clarke)
• George Stosic (ACT)
• Chris Josey (Financial Controller)
• Richard Gill (Acting Secretary)
We are looking to have a permanent Secretary and National Director of Coaching appointed by the end of August.
As the National Governing Body of Gridiron in Australia, GA is required by the Australian Sports Commission to adopt the mandatory provisions of the World Anit-Doping Code and rules that conform with the National Anti-Doping (NAD) scheme. The Gridiron Australia Anti-Doping Policy 2015 is the implementation of this requirement and applies to all members.
GA Anti Doping Policy Dec 2015
The Annual General Meeting for Gridiron Australia Ltd will be held on 18 June commencing 9:00am at the Holiday Inn Sydney Airport.
Please contact your state league administration or Gridiron Australia care of firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.