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Thursday 27 November

Rowing Australia announces resignation of CEO Andrew Dee

Rowing Australia today announced that Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Dee, has tendered his resignation in order to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Dee, who has been with Rowing Australia for nearly 12 years, will leave his post at the end of the year.

In his years as the lead at Rowing Australia, Mr. Dee has been instrumental in establishing RA as a highly respected organisation both in Australia and internationally. He was responsible for the creation of the National Rowing Centre of Excellence in Canberra (a joint venture with the Australian Institute of Sport and RA) as well as overseeing two governance reviews of rowing and attracting the first international rowing events to Australia since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Since taking the helm at RA in 2003, Australian rowing has won 12 Olympic medals, including three gold medals and 56 World Championship Rowing Medals of which 21 were gold.

Commenting on his decision to leave Rowing Australia, Mr. Dee said: "It has been a privilege to lead Rowing Australia over three Olympiads and I am proud of our achievements both on and off the water.

"I feel I am leaving the sport in a better place than it was over a decade ago and the time was right to move on and hand over the mantle to a new CEO before the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"I wish Australia's rowers all the best as they prepare for Rio and would like to acknowledge all who I have worked with over the years, staff, directors and so many dedicated and passionate volunteers, it has been a team effort and I am extremely grateful for all of their support."

The Chairman of Rowing Australia, Rob Scott said: "On behalf of the Rowing Australia Board, I would like to thank Andrew for his leadership and commitment to rowing over the 12 years.

"Under Andrew's leadership and guidance, Rowing Australia has continued its tradition as one of Australia's most successful international sports. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours."

The RA Board is progressing an executive search for a new CEO and the Chairman Rob Scott will assume the role of Executive Chair supporting the Rowing Australia leadership team until a new CEO is appointed.

The Board and State Councils of Rowing Australia recently endorsed a new vision to be the number one rowing nation in the world. This is a vision that will guide the sport in the future and will be based on promoting participation and development across communities and supporting our high performance athletes in their quest for gold medals.

Rowing is one of Australia's oldest international sports and our international success dates back to 1867 when Edward "Ned" Trickett won the World Sculling a Championships. Australia is one of the leading rowing nations in the world with a history of strong performance at the Olympic Games.

For more information, please contact:

Lucy Benjamin
Rowing Australia – Media and Communications Manager
Mob: +61 457 744 434


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