Cycling Australia in Search for New CEO as Fredericks Quits

October 16, 2013

Cycling Australia (CA) is looking for a new chief executive following Graham Fredericks decision to quit as CEO after 18 years in the role.

Fredericks, who will finish in the role at the annual general meeting in November, said the time was right for CA to have someone with “new energy and enthusiasm” to take over as CEO.

CA is also still on the lookout for a new president to replace Klaus Mueller, who stood down in August.

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) said on Tuesday it was an “urgent priority” for CA to decide upon Mueller’s replacement.

One of the new president’s first tasks would be to play an active role in the appointment of the new CEO.

The pair would then drive the move towards integrating the sport’s three Australian ruling bodies – CA, BMX Australia and Mountainbike Australia.

In a briefing on the first year of its Winning Edge program on Tuesday, the ASC rated cycling the slowest of seven major Olympic sports in progress toward meeting mandatory governance requirements ahead of new funding allocations in March.

Cycling’s level of progress was considered as “low”, while athletics, basketball, hockey, rowing, sailing and swimming all rated between medium and high.

Fredericks said he had been privileged to be at the centre of cycling’s growth and development in Australia for the past two decades.

“However, all good things must come to an end and I believe the time is right to step aside and allow for a fresh approach,” he said in a statement.

“I am very proud of the role I have played in the sport’s growth in popularity and profile as well as the expansion of Cycling Australia as an organisation.

“Cycling in Australia is on the verge of another significant step forward as an integrated industry.

“While I have been very active player in this process, it is important that I recognise when it is time to allow new energy and enthusiasm to drive this strategy.”