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A week after revealing a new board and the appointment of Malcolm Speed as president, Cycling Australia has announced that former Olympic rower Nick Green will take up the position of Cycling Australia CEO.
Green is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion having been part of the dominant Oarsome Foursome coxless four rowing crew in the 1990s. In addition to his experience as an Olympic athlete, Green was the Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Green joins Cycling Australia after a six-year stint with the Victorian Major Events Company where, most recently, he held the position of Group Manager of Acquisition and Development.
“I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as the new CEO of Cycling Australia, an organisation with a rich history and a very exciting future,” said Green via a Cycling Australia press release. “I am looking forward to working closely with Malcolm Speed and the newly elected board, as well as a large and passionate cycling community.”
Green himself is a keen cyclist and comes to the role as a fan of the sport.
“I love bike riding and commute on a bike almost daily, and cyclists have given me some of my best Olympic memories”, Green said. “From my first Games in 1992 when Kathy Watt rode courageously to victory, to most recently when Anna Meares stopped the local hero to win gold at the London Olympic Games in one of the most inspiring rides of the Games.”
Newly elected president Malcolm Speed said Green was well placed to help contribute to Cycling Australia’s much-needed governance reforms.
“Nick has seamlessly transitioned from being an successful international elite athlete to hold some of the most senior positions in Australian sport,” Speed said. “There will be many opportunities and challenges for Cycling Australia over the next decade and I am confident that Nick will do a great job of regenerating the organisation.”
Green was reportedly chosen from more than 100 candidates in what Cycling Australia describes as an “extensive recruitment and selection process conducted by an independent nominations committee and members of the CA Board”. Green begins in the role on October 20, 2014.