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Australian sports chief Mark Peters resigns

ASC CEO Mark Peters
ASC CEO Mark Peters

28 Aug 2008

The Chairman of the Australian Sports Commission, Mr Peter Bartels AO, today publicly thanked the departing Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Mark Peters, for his significant contribution to Australian sport over the last eight years. Peters today announced his resignation from the post, effective from the end of September.

‘Since he joined the Commission in early 2001, Mark has provided wonderful leadership to the organisation and Australian sport. He leaves with a tremendous list of achievements that  will have a lasting impact and legacy for sport in this country.

‘Perhaps the greatest impact Mark has had is the enhanced integrity and reputation of the Australian Sports Commission as an effective and efficient organisation with a proven track record of delivering outcomes to the Government and the Australian community,’ Bartels said.

‘There are the bricks and mortar of the upgraded facilities of the Australian Institute of Sport; the 150,000 Australian children around the nation undertaking sport and physical activity through the Active After-school Communities program; and the enhanced standards of governance and management in sporting organisations, all of which have occurred under the stewardship of Mark Peters,’ he said.

‘Special mention should be made,’ Bartels reflected, ‘on the overhaul of Australian football, formerly known as soccer, to which Mark provided great impetus and leadership, in conjunction with the Review Chair David Crawford. The more than half a million Australians who regularly play football are benefiting from the work of Mark Peters.

‘As Chairman of the Commission since 1997, I have had the pleasure of working with Mark for the entire period of his time with us. We have worked very closely, and I am only too conscious of the great personal commitment and effort that Mark has devoted to his role,’ Bartels noted.  ‘I commend him for that, and I thank his wife Merilyn and family for the considerable time Mark has given to his work.
Mark leaves us with my personal best wishes and thanks, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavours.’

Bartels advised that Brent Espeland AM, the Commission’s Director of Strategic Planning and Implementation, would act as Chief Executive Officer while a recruitment process was undertaken.

Mr Peters would not comment on his possible future employment, only to say that his personal philosophy would not allow him to be involved in a sporting organisation directly competing with Australia. 'An announcement on that will be made soon’, Peters said, ‘possibly in about two weeks.’

Rachel Parry, General Manager, ASC Corporate Communications (02) 6214 1037 or 0409 227 620.


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