Spring 2018 Chair Report

Following the AGM I can report a change to our Board of Directors. Colin Roden who has now retired from Westpac has relocated to northern NSW. As a result he has decided to step down from the Board after serving as an appointed Director for 3 years. We thank Colin sincerely for the contribution he has made to the Board.

The Board has appointed Caroline Tuyau to fill the position. Caroline is an Associate Director at Macquarie Bank where she has worked for the past 10 years. Caroline’s bio can be found on the Wheelchair Sports NSW (WS NSW) website.

I’m delighted to announce success at the NSW Community Sports Awards which were held at NSW Parliament House. A long term volunteer of ours Margaret Bennett received a Distinguished Long Service Award for her 25 years of service in the areas of wheelchair basketball, juniors and Board/Committee representation. Then Laura Brienesse won the Community Coach of the Year for her coaching of our wheelchair track and road squad. Also the Wollongong Roller Hawks wheelchair basketball team won Community Team of the Year for their success in the national league in 2017. The awards celebrate the contribution of the volunteer in sport and also recognise the lower profile sporting teams and groups that make up the sporting landscape in NSW. Congratulations to Margaret, Laura and the Wollongong Roller Hawks.

Late news is that the Wollongong Roller Hawks have repeated their 2017 success and are the National League Champions in 2018. Congratulations to the team and management on this phenominal result.

It is very sad to report that Lorraine Stock has passed away. Lorraine worked at our Kevin Betts Stadium for 26 years, her last few years as Manager. She was known to a number of our older members. Lorraine finished up at the Stadium in March 2017 and was looking forward to her retirement. She gave tremendous service to the Stadium working under a number of Managers. R.I.P. Lorraine.

The Board would like to inform the membership that we are having very preliminary discussions with Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) with the aim of forming a partnership that would provide mutual benefits to both our organisations and in turn our members. CPA are obviously a far bigger charity than us particularly in relation to their budgets and they have over 1000 staff throughout the State. Let me assure the membership that with any such possible partnerships, WS NSW would always retain its name, brand, identity and purpose. The Board will keep the membership well informed of any developments on this front.

Significant news on the staffing front is that our CEO Jim O’Brien has announced that he wishes to retire after his 20 years of marvellous service. Jim has given the Board good notice and a succession plan has been put in place to fill the position of CEO. Jim will finish at the end of January 2019 after the 30th Oz Day 10K will be raced. The Race in the Rocks and its preservation have been very dear to Jim over his time at WS NSW. Appropriate farewells will be organised for Jim in due course.

Jason Preston

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