Gaudry nominated for President of the Oceania Cycling Confederation
The Board of Cycling Australia has nominated dual Olympian and current Amy Gillett Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Tracey Gaudry, for the position of President of the UCI Oceania Cycling Confederation.
Gaudry, who reached number three in the world during an impressive career that included multiple Australian championship victories, has also been endorsed by Bike New Zealand.
As the President of the Oceania Cycling Confederation, Gaudry will also have an automatic position on the UCI Management Committee, something she is looking forward to.
“It’s a privilege to be endorsed by Cycling Australia and Bike New Zealand to represent the cycling communities of Oceania and carry forward the responsibility for reform and progression to the UCI Management Committee,” Gaudry said.
“As a former athlete, an executive in cycling and a passionate advocate for cycling from grass-roots participation to elite level competition across all disciplines, I am motivated to ensure that cycling can capture the opportunity we now have for reform, equity and change.
“Much progress has been made by the UCI in recent years to the status of women in the sport and in the globalisation of the sport, which is important to the Oceania region.
“These are areas I look forward to making a contribution to,” added Gaudry.
As a member of the Government-appointed Anti-doping Review Violation Panel she is also abundantly aware of the challenges facing all sports.
The nomination of Gaudry concludes Cycling Australia’s endorsement of Mike Turtur OAM who has held the position since 2008.
“Cycling Australia concluded that the time was right to support a new candidate to represent our interests and policy positions in relation to the challenges that face cycling,” said Klaus Mueller, President of Cycling Australia.
“In particular the opportunity for true reform within cycling, particularly in anti-doping policy, governance and equality, is now.
“Tracey is an outstanding person, with an impeccable background who will make a significant contribution at UCI and Oceania level to the betterment of cycling.
“The decision taken by the Board of Cycling Australia recognises the expectations of our membership that we continue to lead the development of the sport and maximise our opportunities to advocate for change and reform," he said.
Mueller also added it wasn’t an easy decision for Cycling Australia given the contribution Turtur has made to the sport.
“From winning an Olympic gold medal in 1984 to his role in boosting the public profile of cycling, particularly though the creation of the Tour Down Under, Mike has made a significant contribution to cycling in Australia and the region during his four year stint as President of Oceania and a member of the UCI Management Committee,” said Mueller.
“We look forward to Mike’s continued involvement in cycling through his role as Race Director and spiritual leader of the Australia’s only UCI World Tour Event, the Tour Down Under, an event the entire cycling community is proud of.” he added.
Bike New Zealand shares the view of Cycling Australia that the time is now to modernise the Oceania Cycling Confederation and promote a new candidate for President and ultimately a new view at UCI Board of Management level.
"BikeNZ shares the view of Cycling Australia that now is the time to work more closely with the Oceania Cycling confederation to help rebuild the credibility of the sport of cycling," said President Richard Leggat. "We also want to work with Cycling Australia and the Oceania confederation to develop a more comprehensive calender of Oceania cycling events across the disciplines.
"We support Cycling Australia's nomination of Tracey Gaudry as we believe she has the experience and knowledge to make a valuable contribution in Oceania and she will bring a new perspective to the UCI board table.
"We also acknowledge the very good work done by the outgoing president Mike Tutur, particularly in the track cycling area," he added.
The Oceania Confederation will meet in Adelaide in early December to vote in the President and three other office bearers for a term of four years.
Tracey Gaudry Bio
- CEO, Amy Gillett Foundation
- Director, AustCycle (a joint initiative of Cycling Australia and Amy Gillett Foundation)
- Member, Anti-doping Review Violation Panel - ASADA, Ministerial Appointment
- Former Board Member, Cycling Australia (2011-2012)
- Former Member, Australian Institute of Sport Ethics Committee
- Former President, Cycling ACT
- Former Technical Advisory Panel, ACT Academy of Sport
Brief cycling palmares:
- Former World #3 ranked professional road cyclist
- Multiple national champion, World Cup and Grand Tour winner
- Dual Olympian & Commonwealth Games representative
- Champion for the growth of cycling from grassroots to elite level
- Champion for the advancement of women in cycling and sport generally
- Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science
- Masters of Management
- 12 years post cycling career in senior executive roles with Professional Services firms in the Legal, Consulting, Accounting and Defence industries.