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AIS Director Matt Favier appointed Hockey Australia CEO

Matt Favier
AIS Director Matt Favier

02 Jun 2017

Australian Sports Commission CEO Kate Palmer has commended the strong leadership of AIS Director Matt Favier, who has announced his appointment as new chief executive officer for Hockey Australia.

Palmer said: “Matt has been instrumental during a pivotal transition period for the ASC, the AIS and the Australian high performance sport system. His leadership over the past five years has shaped Australia’s high performance strategy, laying a strong foundation for future international improvement and success.

“Matt has led the AIS forward in its continual pursuit of excellence, and has played a far broader role in helping to better align the Australian high performance sport system.

“Matt leaves the ASC and the AIS with our thanks, congratulations and best wishes, and we are delighted he will continue to be a key influencer in Australian sport with his new role at Hockey Australia.”

ASC Chair John Wylie thanked Favier on behalf of the ASC Board.

“The Australian Sports Commission Board appreciates the vision and drive Matt has shown in seeking to reform and improve the Australian sport system over the past five years and to continue to strive for Australian excellence in world sport.

Favier commenced as AIS Director in March 2012 after previous roles with Athletics Australia, the Australian Paralympic Committee, Queensland Academy of Sport, UK Athletics and UK Sport.

“As a former AIS athlete, I have always had a special affinity with the AIS and it has been a tremendous privilege to serve as Director for the past five years,” Favier said.

“I am very proud of the work the AIS has done during that time, it has made a genuine difference to the sector. The AIS may look different than when I began in 2012, but the Institute’s goal always remains the same – to help Australian athletes and sports achieve long-term, sustainable success.

“This decision is not one I have taken lightly, but the time is right as the AIS and sports commence the next four-year Olympic cycle towards Tokyo 2020.

“I remain very passionate about Commonwealth Games and Olympic sports, so I’m excited by the opportunity to be CEO of an iconic Australian sport like hockey.”

The ASC will soon commence recruitment for an AIS Director. 

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