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    Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Phil Reeves

    Queensland Academy of Sport Board appointments

    Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Phil Reeves

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    Queensland Academy of Sport Board appointments

    The sporting champions of today and tomorrow will receive new guidance after the appointment of five board members to the Queensland Academy of Sport.

    Sport Minister Phil Reeves said the make-up of the new board provides Queensland’s elite athletes with more experience than ever before.

    “While Tracy Stockwell OAM remains chair of the board, I am pleased to welcome the new members which include Bruno Cullen, former CEO of the Brisbane Broncos; Prof. Brendan Burkett Phd OAM, Naomi McCarthy, Wilma Shakespear AM and Bronwyn Thompson," Mr Reeves said.

    “Queensland has a rich history of producing some of the best athletes in the country and the new board will continue to ensure our elite athletes receive the best facilities, coaching and support.

    “I thank the outgoing board members who have done a wonderful job during their term of nurturing our champions of tomorrow, however as the requirements of our elite evolve, so too must the Queensland Academy of Sport.

    “Bruno Cullen will be a great addition to the board and will bring a wealth of sporting and business experience to the role. It’s recognition of his long standing involvement in sport, especially rugby league and touch football.

    “I welcome Wilma Shakespeare, the original founding Director of the Queensland Academy of Sport, back to the QAS as a board member.

    “Women are well-represented on the board with recently retired athletes Bronwyn Thompson and Naomi McCarthy (nee Castle) joining the panel.

    “Our paralympians are also well represented on the new board through the re-appointment of Ray Epstein and the appointment of Professor Brendan Burkett."

    The Queensland Academy of Sport Board:

    Tracy Stockwell OAM (Chair of the Board)

    • Past President of Womensport Queensland and a Board member for the Queensland Events Corporation
    • Captained the United States Swimming Team at the 1984 Olympics, where she won three gold medals

    Ray Epstein OAM, B Comm CA

    • Currently Chief Executive Officer of the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association and Australian Paralympic Committee Head Coach for Powerlifting.
    • Represented Australia at 12 international competitions for weightlifting/powerlifting, including the Seoul and Barcelona Paralympic Games (was Team Captain for Barcelona)
    • Awarded Medal of the Order of Australia in the 1994 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to people with a disability and the sport of weightlifting.

    Bruce Hatcher

    • Partner, BDO Kendalls Chartered Accountants
    • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Taxation Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Management and the Institute of Company Directors
    • Former Director of Queensland Rugby League

    Bruno Cullen

    • Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane Broncos since 2003 and will step down from this role at the close of 2010.
    • Was Managing Director of the Queensland Country Credit Union Limited for 14 years.

    Professor Brendan Burkett PhD OAM

    • Director, Centre for Healthy Activities Sport and Exercise, and Professor in Sport Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast, with an extensive research and publication record in topics such as human health and performance, sports biomechanics and technology and software developments in human health and performance.
    • Professor Burkett was inducted into the Swimming Queensland Hall of Fame in 2007, was a competitive athlete and medallist at four Paralympic Games.

    Naomi McCarthy (nee Castle)

    • Water polo player who was part of the gold medal winning squad at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and was Captain of the Australian water polo team at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
    • Ms McCarthy began playing water polo when she was 13, has played more than 200 international competitions, competed at every World Championship from 1994 to 2004, and in 2003 was named as one of the Top 10 Athletes of the Decade by the QAS.

    Wilma Shakespear AM

    • Has extensive experience in the development and administration of high performance sport with a background as an elite athlete and national coach in netball.
    • Ms Shakespear was an inaugural member of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and was Head Coach for Netball, responsible for developing an innovative high performance program that allowed Australian Netball to dominate the sport internationally. She later became Manager Elite Sport at the AIS responsible for more than 30 sports programs.

    Bronwyn Thompson

    • Commonwealth Games, Goodwill Games and Grand Prix Final medallist, former record holder and winner of numerous Australian Track and Field Championships for open long jump.
    • Ms Thompson was ranked as World number 2 long jumper for 2006, won a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and is a triple Olympian (Sydney, Athens, and Beijing). She is a senior paediatric physiotherapist.

    The new board will assume their duties from December 1, 2010 for a period of three years.

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