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Tracey Gaudry is the former chief executive of the Amy Gillett Foundation. Source:News Limited
Tracey Gaudry is the former chief executive of the Amy Gillett Foundation. Source:News Limited

AFL: Dual-Olympian Tracey Gaudry has been selected as Hawthorn Football Club's new chief executive officer.

The Atlanta and Sydney Olympic cyclist replaces Stuart Fox, who in December was appointed chief executive of the MCC.

A driving force behind the wildly successful Nitro Athletics event in Melbourne, Gaudry brings with her a wealth of professional experience as a general manager at Athletics Australia, vice president of cycling's world governing body the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and a contributor to the International Olympic Committee on gender inclusion.

The mother of three holds a Masters degree in Management and Bachelor degrees in Science and Commerce.

Gaudry will serve out her notice period at Athletics Australia before commencing her role at Hawthorn on May 29.

"It is a privilege to have built a career in sport over two decades, and to have the opportunity to bring all of my knowledge and experience in national, international, sport-specific and whole-of-sport roles to Hawthorn Football Club," Gaudry said.

"Growing up in regional Victoria I was the typical kid, kicking the footy about the oval on the weekend. Australia is a sporting nation with Australian rules football ingrained in our DNA and it's the perfect time to join Hawthorn at such a progressive time for our national game.

"As and strong and successful club in the AFL, Hawthorn is not resting on its laurels as it strives to advance across all aspects of the club including the planned new home at Dingley, women's football, youth academies and its contribution to the community."

Hawthorn President Richard Garvey said the club was thrilled with Gaudry's appointment.

"We are excited to have a CEO who comes from outside of the football world, someone with a different perspective who can drive innovation and change," he said.

News Corp Australia

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