A few months ago, news came out about a ‘match fixing scandal‘ at Triathlon Australia, creating an unfair advantage for some of their athletes, while others were left behind and had a harder time earning their sport for – for instance – Tokyo 2020. While the matter is still under investigation, Triathlon Australia’s Miles Stewart just announced to step down from his position as CEO. He will however remain involved in the sport, as he continues his involvement withing the World Triathlon Board as an executive member.
“I have already volunteered my time whilst in Montreal for the upcoming Sprint World Championships to support our Australian Age Group team and can’t wait to be on that side of the fence”, Stewart, a former successful pro triathlete himself, said about his career shift. “The CEO role has enabled me to return to the sport I love with the skills and experience I had gained in commercial roles, something not all former elite athletes are given the chance to do. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time leading the sport, am proud of the strong position the sport has achieved, and I am excited about the opportunity to now move back into my other passion, property at a General Manager level”, Stewart added.
Stewart will stay at his position until May. In the meanwhile, COO Tim Harradine will act as interim CEO.
“The TA Board wants to thank Miles for his six years of outstanding service, and he leaves with our thanks and best wishes”, Michelle Cooper speaks on behalf of the Triathlon Australia Board. “He has been a passionate part of our sport for more than 30 years, and we know he will continue to add great value in the future.”
“Miles joined the organization as we emerged from significant financial volatility and was the right CEO for the phase of growth and development the sport has seen through his tenure. Much in the sporting landscape has changed and Miles provided important connections into the sport coupled with commercial acumen to chart the way forward”, Cooper states.