I want to congratulate the Olympic Water Polo athletes, coaches and supporting staff for their efforts in Rio. I am personally devastated that our teams didn’t get the performance they desired in Rio. I have witnessed over the last four years our athletes and coaches leave no stone unturned to put themselves into a position where they could be competitive at the highest level in Olympic competition. It was humbling to see the amount of support the teams had in Rio from our greatest benefactors, the Parents and partners of the Olympians.
Over the next few months I am sure all the right questions will be asked through the various review processes to ensure that lessons are learnt heading into the Tokyo campaign.
As this is my last day official day as CEO I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support over the past six years it has been a pleasure and an honour to serve a sport that has given me so much. Looking back some of the highlights include increasing government funding by 111%, increasing the organisations turn over from $2,000,000 to $6,500,000 and bringing the organisation under a single brand. We have also developed very strong collaborative working relationships with external stakeholders including the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Institute of Sport and our institute network not forgetting the Australian Olympic Committee
I would also like to thank the Water Polo State Associations for their significant contribution and readiness to change and aid and assist to the achievements of the sport over the past six years and I pay unreserved tribute to my work colleagues who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the effective delivery of national water polo programs and initiatives.
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome the new CEO Christian Renford who I encourage you to all get to know and support him as he and the board build on the success in the lead up to Tokyo.