The President of the Oceania Athletic Association, Anne Tierney, announced today that Ms Lorraine Morgan of Melbourne, Australia, will be the new OAA Executive Director. Ms Morgan will replace Bill Bailey who is retiring at the end of the year.
In making the announcement, Mrs Tierney, said: "We are delighted that Lorraine will be joining us from the beginning of 2004 as our new Executive Director. She has an extensive background in athletics as a coach, technical official, team manager and administrator and importantly she is very passionate about the sport. Lorraine was selected from an outstanding field of 14 applicants all of whom had strong claims to the position. Nevertheless, the Selection Panel were unanimous in their decision to appoint Lorraine."
Ms Morgan, a school teacher by profession, is currently employed by the Victorian State Department of Education where she is a senior administrator in the School Sport Unit. In 2000, Lorraine was the Deputy Competition Director for the Olympic Games and Competition Director for the Paralympic Games. In 2001, she was the Competition Director for the IAAF Grand Prix Final which was held in Melbourne - the first time anywhere in the world a woman has held such a position.
Outgoing OAA Executive Director, Bill Bailey, was enthusiastic about the appointment of Ms Morgan. "I have known Lorraine for a long time and believe that she will bring a great deal of skill, experience and sensitivity to the position. We worked together in Sydney on the Olympic and Paralympic Games so I know how dedicated and hard-working she is. Lorraine is also a very good communicator and very much a 'peoples person' - exactly what is required in Oceania."
The OAA Office will move to Melbourne in January 2004 from its current location on the Gold Coast. Contact details will be published as soon as they are available.