Bringing Associations Together To Boost Performance


New CEO at Yachting Australia

Matt Carroll has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Yachting Australia. Mr Carroll takes over the role after Phil Jones stepped down after 17 years. Yachting Australia President Mall Allen said Mr Carroll’s range of experiences made him an excellent candidate for the position of CEO.

“Matt’s background in sports administration across a range of organisations provides Yachting Australia with strategic development, leadership, engagement with stakeholders, understanding of high performance as well as local engagement and grassroots participation.” Said Mr Allen.

Moving forward, Yachting Australia hopes to develop and present a unified approach regarding management and governance of sailing and boating in Australia. Mr Carroll has a career spanning more than two decade in Rugby Union and recently returned from Japan where he was Interim COO for Japan Rugby World Cup 2019. Previously, Mr Carroll was Deputy Chief Executive and General Manager at Australian Rugby Union. He was also General Manager for the Rugby World Cup 2003.

Mr Carroll said he was excited to be joining Yachting Australia. “The challenges in sailing are the same as in other sports: to get more people participating and joining our Clubs, have more kids out on the water each weekend and ensuring we have strong and sustainable local Clubs,” he said. “I would like to acknowledge the contribution of Phil Jones over the past 17 years. He has overseen considerable growth and development of Australian sailing during his tenure and worked tirelessly for the betterment of our sport.”

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