Athletics WA board to stay after vote of no confidence fails

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A VOTE of no confidence in the Athletics WA (AWA) board has been defeated at a specially convened meeting.

The motion to dismiss the board was defeated 19-7 in a private vote on Tuesday night.

Clubs both for and against the vote of no confidence were given a chance to speak to the motion prior to the vote, while the AWA board also addressed some of the issues raised.

Joondalup Athletics Club, the WA Officials Club, the WA Throwers Club, Bayswater Athletics Club, Ridgewood Athletics Club and West Track requisitioned the meeting in June.

AWA life member Lindsay Glass said the meeting had been productive and the board knew the task at hand.

“The issues lots of clubs and people have, they have brought up those issues and they are well and truly known by the board and administration,” he said.

“The board is on notice they are required to address issues brought up on the night and the ball is in their court.”

Issues raised by the clubs included increased fees and management of the summer track and field competition.

Perth Track Club president Nick Little said the new competition advisory board would be a step in the right direction.

“The board and operations team have already started to address this, and changes are in place which may begin to fix issues,” he said.

“They have introduced a competition advisory board, involving six independent members, they give it (the schedule) to clubs and the clubs offer feedback.

“We won’t know the effectiveness until the season, but at least AWA are giving us a chance to change things.”