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ASA Executive news- Thank you & Welcome

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On Sunday 6 November, the ASA said goodbye and thank you to some of our longest standing Executive members.

This year’s AGM saw the resignation of five of our long standing executive members. In her annual President's Report, President Marieke D'Cruz took the opportunity to thank Brenton Rickard, Patrick Murphy, Melissa Gorman, Alice Tait and Tommaso D’Orsogna for their tireless work, passion and enthusiasm during their respective periods on the committee.

Brenton Rickard is the former President of the ASA and before that was Vice President and spent close to 10 years as a member of the Executive. His commitment and passion to the ASA and the sport was never more noticeable as he worked tirelessly with SAL and the other stakeholders following recommendations of the 2012 reviews. The loss of Brenton in his capacity will be trying for the ASA but he goeson his own terms and a commitment to always be there if we need some historical advice. 

Joining Brenton in standing down early is recently retired Open Water champion, Melissa Gorman. Melissa has embarked on her first full time job and is committed to that aspect of her life and keen for the ASA to engage with some younger open water swimmers for the ASA.

Alice Tait, has also been a long term member of the ASA Executive and was heavily involved in converting Growing up in Lycra and MakingChampion Men into the Beyond The Black Line program. With full time work and mother to little Vance, Alice  chose not to seek re-election and her passion for the wellbeing of the swimmer will be greatly missed. 

Having just been selected onto the World Short Course Team competing in Canada in December, Tommaso made the tough decision tostand down as Medical School awaits in 2017 when he reolcates back to Perth and commences studies at Notre Dame. We wish him all the best for the new chapter in his life.

Finally,Patrick Murphy will not be running for re-election but will maintain observer status by way of his involvement on the FINA Athletes Commission.

Losing such vast experience is difficult for any organisation but all parties agreed that these tough decisions will ultimately put the ASA in good stead as we head into the next Quadrennium

With such losses the Executive appointed Bronte Campbell and Jake Packard as new members to the executive, to fill the positions left vacant by Brenton and Mel.  We warmly welcome both Bronte and Jake to the executive to work alongside Marieke, Vice President Annabelle Williams, Matthew Abood, Bronte Barratt and Belinda Hocking.

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