Outgoing Western Bulldogs chairman Peter Gordon says the club will surge forward “unshackled by the paranoia” of the past after handing over the reins to new president Kylie Watson-Wheeler.
The new president is a lifelong Bulldogs supporter who has served as the club’s vice president for the last four years.
The senior vice president and managing director of the Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand was unanimously voted in by the Bulldogs’ directors at a board meeting on Monday prior to the AGM.
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Outgoing Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has a laugh with 1989 coach Terry Wheeler last year. Picture: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia
Gordon, a club hero who steps down following two stints from 1989 to 1996 and again from 2012 until now, said he was proud to be leaving the club in a strong position after first taking over when it was on its knees.
“While we should always take pride in our club’s history of struggle and the fact of our survival against the odds, the club is now entitled to a new generation of leadership which will govern it with integrity and leadership,” he told the club’s members in a farewell address.
“But also with confidence and boldness unshackled by paranoia about what AFL House or a bank might be thinking, or what secret meetings of rich clubs might be going on.
“We should believe in our people and what they will achieve and know we can control our own fate with integrity and boldness.
“I believe that Kylie Watson-Wheeler and (chief executive) Ameet Bains and our board and our people right up and down the ranks bring those qualities.”
Watson-Wheeler, who attended the Fightback of 1989 rally as a supporter when she was in Year 12, paid tribute to Gordon’s contribution to the club and said she was excited by what the future held.
“From an exceptional coach, football department and exciting playing groups to outstanding general management, as well as a strong group of individuals on the board with a variety of skill sets, the club is certainly in good shape and in good hands,” she said.
“It’s not lost on me that I follow two of the most impressive and influential figures in our club’s history.
“It was David Smorgon who first sought out my expertise to support the club and Peter who appointed me to the board, later anointing me as his vice president and ultimately recommending me as his successor.
“It’s certainly exciting times ahead and I couldn’t be more humbled and thrilled to be a part of it.”
Originally published asFightback rally to presidency: Kylie new top Dog
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