Cycling Australia applauded for governance reforms
30 Apr 2014
The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) today welcomed Cycling Australia’s (CA) approval of major reforms which bring it in line with the commission’s mandatory sports governance principles.
A special general meeting of CA members in Sydney agreed to a new constitution for the long term governance of CA resulting in the organisation becoming a company limited by guarantee, the establishment of an independent, skills-based board and the election of the chair by the board.
ASC Chair John Wylie AM said the sweeping changes are a sign that CA is embracing reform under new President Gerry Ryan OAM and is further evidence that the ASC’s governance reform agenda has made significant progress in just over 12 months.
“Cycling is important to Australians and given the outstanding high performance record of our athletes and the enormous grassroots popularity of the sport, it is vital it is run by a strong and effective national sporting organisation exemplifying contemporary board practices,” he said.
CA members also approved the appointment of a new caretaker board for CA effective immediately comprising Ryan as chair, alongside experienced sports administrators Malcolm Speed and Lloyd Freeburn.
The identification of a new long term board for CA will be managed by a highly credentialed and independent nominations committee comprising Peter Bartels AO (chair), Don Argus AC, the Hon Rod Kemp and Kate Palmer. It and CA will work closely with the ASC as the organisation transitions to its new structure following today’s constitutional changes.
ASC Chief Executive Officer Simon Hollingsworth said these changes were significant for cycling, as it embarks on a period of consolidation following recent financial challenges.
“The ASC will continue to work closely with CA over the coming months as this important governance reform is implemented. The sport of cycling itself remains very healthy,” he said.
Hollingsworth noted that in the 12 months since the ASC introduced new tougher governance guidelines for its major funded sports, there had already been significant constitutional change by swimming, basketball, rowing and now cycling.