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New Board Members Appointed at Classic Wallabies AGM

Wed, 14/07/2021, 7:00 pm
Classic Wallabies
by Classic Wallabies

Classic Wallabies has welcomed three new members to the Classic Wallabies Board at last month’s AGM.

President Simon Poidevin said he was pleased with the election of Nathan Charles, Mitch Hardy, and our first Wallaroo Annette Finch, all of whom were appointed to the Board unopposed.

“These three appointees bring a wealth of knowledge to the Board and continue to add to the important work of the Classic Wallabies, further strengthening the diverse skills and expertise involved in celebrating the past and supporting the future of rugby in Australia.” Mr Poidevin said.

“Classic Wallaby #881 Nathan Charles has an extensive connection with both the grassroots and professional game in Australia and internationally. He has experience as a Super Rugby player, Wallaby and professional player internationally, and has held the role of Rugby WA CEO since earlier this year.”

“Classic Wallaby #735 Mitch Hardy is an experienced sports administrator, working in regional talent development for WA’s Department of Sport & Recreation for more than eight years. Prior to that, Mitch held GM positions at both Rugby WA and Sydney’s Gordon Rugby Club.”

“Annette Finch is our first Classic Wallaroo to join the board. Annette brings to the Board more than 20 years’ experience working across government, commercial authorities and business enterprises. She is experienced as a player at the highest level, and has worked in community rugby by providing mentoring as a Patron for Brothers Rugby Club, coaching an U10s team. “

“Annette has been actively involved in the Classic Wallabies grassroots coaching program since 2018 and we are looking forward to the perspective Annette will bring to the Board.”

Classic Wallabies General Manager Morgan Turinui welcomed the new board members and said they will be busy working on planning the next round of Classic Wallabies games and clinics, particularly in the bush regional Australia

“Despite current circumstances, we are focused on making sure that we can fit in as many games, coaching clinics and engagement opportunities as possible in local communities all over Australia over the next 12 months and beyond. “

“It’s hard going for a lot of our rugby community right now, with many communities still struggling from the impacts of COVID-19 and recent droughts.  We hope that we can continue to push through to share our love of rugby with as many rural and regional communities across Australia as possible”.

Long-serving board member Matthew Alvarez was appointed to Secretary, creating three vacancies due to two board members not seeking re-election.

The board would like to thank departing members, Sean Hardman and Adan Freier for their hard work and commitment made beyond their playing days through their contribution to the Classic Wallabies.

The Classic Wallabies are the alumni of all Wallabies and Wallaroos that have retired from the game. We exist to provide a support network for players to transition into life after rugby, and to support the ongoing growth and development of grassroots rugby.

More information about the Classic Wallabies is available at www.classicwallabies.com.au