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by Neal Rogers
October 3, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Bassons chases down motor-doping amateur in France; British sprinter Dan McLay signs with EF Education First-Drapac for 2018; Trek-Segafredo finalizes 2018 lineup with Tsgabu Grmay, Nicola Conci signings; Gaudry sacked as CEO of Hawthorn after five months on job; Brennauer leaves Canyon-SRAM for Wiggle High 5; Lotto-Soudal Ladies team announces six new additions to 2018 roster; Sarah Roy continues with Orica-Scott through 2019; Movistar women’s team announces roster of eight for 2018; Pawlowska breaks Boels-Dolman contract to join Team Virtu Cycling.
Tracy Gaudry — the former pro cyclist who represented Australia at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics before she became a vice-president of the UCI — has been sacked from her position as CEO of AFL team Hawthorn Football Club after less than five months.
Gaudry took up her position at the Hawthorn club in June after leaving a role with Athletics Australia. As reported by The Australian, Hawthorn insiders said Gaudry’s communications skills internally, and management style at the club, were considered poor. “It is believed she failed to engage at the level required with senior managers and did not form staff relationships, including with the all-important football department,” the report said.
Hawthorn released a statement confirming Gaudry’s departure, saying she had stepped down.
“Unfortunately, Tracey has faced extenuating family and personal circumstances this year which have made it difficult to continue in the role,” Hawthorn president Richard Garvey said in the statement. “On behalf of all at Hawthorn, I want to thank Tracey for her considerable contribution to our club in the relatively short time she has been our CEO. We understand and respect her decision to stand down. Tracey has been incredibly selfless and professional throughout this process and the club wishes her and her family all the best in their future endeavours.”
Appointed by the club in May as the AFL’s first permanent female chief executive, Gaudry had no previous football experience despite her strong national and international sporting background.