Minister for Sport Kate Lundy today thanked The Hon Warwick Smith AM for his contribution to Australian sport announcing that he will step down from his role as chair of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Board.
Senator Lundy said Mr Smith was appointed to the ASC Board in July 2010 and during his term as chair he brought a wealth of experience to the role.
“I would like to personally thank Warwick for his outstanding contribution to the board. His strong commitment to implementing Australia’s sport policy will be a lasting legacy,” Senator Lundy said.
“As the first former Federal Sports Minister to chair the ASC, Warwick brought renewed focus in challenging times.
“Warwick took the chair with the clear intention that he would dedicate two years to oversee the consolidation and reform of the Commission and his efforts have been outstanding.”
Mr Smith said his retirement from the Board was linked with his plan to devote more time to commercial activities and thanked the ASC for their invaluable support during his time as chair.
“I would like to thank my fellow Board members, the previous Sports Ministers, Kate Ellis and Mark Arbib, the current Minister Kate Lundy, the dedicated staff at the Commission, and most importantly, the athletes and administrators across all sport in Australia,” said Mr Smith.
“I consider it an honour to have served in this role. I look forward to a continuing association with sport, but this time as an active observer and as a fan.”
Senator Lundy said under Mr Smith’s two year tenure the ASC re-focused on increasing the numbers of Australians participating in sport, strengthening sporting pathways to link grassroots and high performance sport, and striving for success in sport.
“With the London Olympics and Paralympics on the horizon, it is important to recognise the tremendous support Warwick has provided to our elite athletes, including assisting in the establishment of the Green and Gold fund to support our potential medal winning athletes,” Senator Lundy said.
“Warwick’s focus on increasing the link between high performance sport and community participation has seen a renewed focus at the ASC on the importance of grassroots sport.”
Minister Lundy announced that Warwick will lead a panel to select a shortlist of candidates to permanently fill the position of Chair. In the interim, Mr David Gallop, ASC Board Deputy Chair, will step into the role of acting chair for three months.