Tracey Gaudry (née Watson; born 17 June 1969) is an Australian sport administrator, former professional cyclist and former CEO of the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). She represented Australia at two Summer Olympics (1996 and 2000) and the 1998 Commonwealth Games. After finishing her career as an athlete, Gaudry served on numerous sports boards and committees, leading to her current appointments as president of the Oceanian Cycling Confederation and as a vice-president of the Union Cycliste Internationale.
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17 June 1969 |
Gaudry riding seriously early in 1992 with support from the Victorian Institute of Sport's (V.I.S.) cycling coach, Donna Rae-Szalenski from Geelong, and the Geelong West Cycling Club. From 1995 she was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder. She finished in third place in the Australian National Road Race Championships in 1995. She also competed at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics.
After her marriage in 1997, Tracey joined the Australian Women's Road squad overseas in 1998, coached by James Victor. In 1999 she turned professional, riding for teams EBLY in France, and TIMEX in USA. In those years Gaudry won the Tour de Snowy, Tour of Bretagne, Trophée D'or, the Montreal World Cup, and multiple UCI one-day races and stages of UCI stage races.
Gaudry worked for Ernst & Young, 2001-2004 ; Jacobs Australia, 2004–2009 ; for DLA Phillips Fox, 2010; for the Amy Gillett Foundation where she was CEO, 2010-2015 ; and Athletics Australia, 2015-2017. Gaudry is President at Oceania Cycling Confederation, and Vice President at Union Cycliste Internationale.
Gaudry was elected to head the Oceanian Cycling Confederation (OCC) on 2 December 2012, succeeding predecessor Mike Turtur. The vote was first split 2-2, but pressure was put on Guam to switch their vote by their own Olympic committee, and she won unanimously after Fiji followed. The two other voting members were Australia and New Zealand, which supported Ms. Gaudry's candidacy from the start.
After Brian Cookson was elected president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in September 2013, Gaudry was elected as one of the UCI's three vice presidents. This makes her the first woman appointed as vice president of the UCI.
In May 2017, Gaudry was appointed CEO of the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL), replacing Stuart Fox. She was the first female CEO in league history. Just five months later, Gaudry resigned from her position as Hawthorn CEO. President Richard Garvey said Unfortunately, Tracey has faced extenuating family and personal circumstances this year which have made it difficult to continue in the role. On behalf of all at Hawthorn, I want to thank Tracey for her considerable contribution to our club in the relatively short time she has been our CEO. We understand and respect her decision to stand down.
- 1994 UCI Road World Championships - Women's Individual Time Trial, in Italy, 24th.
- 1995 UCI Road World Championships – Women's time trial, in Colombia, 26th.
- 1995 UCI Road World Championships - Women's Road Race, in Colombia, 16th.
- 1998 UCI Road World Championships – Women's time trial in Netherlands, 12th.
- 1998 UCI Road World Championships – Women's road race in Netherlands, 32nd.
- 1999 UCI Road World Championships – Women's time trial in Italy, 15th.
- 1999 UCI Road World Championships – Women's road race in Italy, 34th.
- 2000 UCI Road World Championships - Women's time trial in France, 11th.
- 2000 UCI Road World Championships - Women's road race in France, 16th.
- 1996 Atlanta Olympics Women's Individual Road Race, 39th. (Tracey Watson, A.I.S.)
- 2000 Sydney Olympics Women's Individual Road Race, 23rd.
- 2000 Sydney Olympics Women's Individual Time Trial, 21st.
- 1998 Commonwealth Games Women's Road Race, 5th.
- 1995 Australian Women's Road Race, 1st
- 1999 Australian Women's Road Race, 1st
- 2000 Australian Women's Individual Time Trial, 1st
- 10 National Championship medals
- 1999 UCI Women's Road World Ranking Tracey Gaudry (Aus), 3rd
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- Hawthorn appoints Tracey Gaudry as chief executive, breaking new ground for female leadership in AFL