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Tracey Gaudry

Tracey Gaudry (née Watson; born 17 June 1969) is an Australian sport administrator, former professional cyclist and current Chief Executive Officer of Respect Victoria - Victoria's first agency dedicated to the primary prevention of all forms of family violence and violence against women[1].

Prior to her corporate executive roles, Gaudry 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 boards and committees, leading to her current appointments as member of the Management Committee of the Union Cycliste Internationale, president of the Oceanian Cycling Confederation and member of the Board of the Deakin University Sport Business Network.

Cycling careerEdit

Gaudry began riding seriously early in 1992 with support from the Victorian Institute of Sport's (VIS) 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 third in the Australian National Road Race Championships and won the Australian National Time Trial Championships in 1995.[2] She also competed at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics.[3]

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, the Australian National Road Race Championships, the Australian National Time Trial Championships and multiple UCI one-day races and stages of UCI stage races. Gaudry was ranked 3rd in the World on official UCI rankings at the height of her career.

Administrative careerEdit

As a senior executive and non-executive director, Gaudry has held leadership roles in community and for-purpose organisations for more than 20 years, championing improved outcomes for local, state, national and global communities with a focus on inclusion, diversity and gender equality.

Her recent executive roles have included Chief Executive Officer of the Amy Gillett Foundation – Australia's leading advocacy organisation for bicycle rider safety. Tracey is a member of the Management Committee and is the immediate past Vice President of the world governing body for the sport of cycling, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) where she carries multiple portfolios including Chair of the Women’s Commission and membership to the Commission of Continental Presidents where she has been instrumental in driving global reform, particularly in governance, advocacy, participation and gender equity. Prior to her roles in community and sports administration, Gaudry worked as a Senior Executive in the professional services sector.

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.[4] Just five months later, Gaudry resigned from her position as Hawthorn CEO.[5]

In August 2018, the Victorian State Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, The Hon. Natalie Hutchins MP announced that Gaudry would lead Victoria's first agency dedicated to the primary prevention of all forms of family violence and violence against women, Respect Victoria[6].

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Home | Respect Victoria". respectvictoria.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Tracey Watson". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Tracey Watson". Sports Reference. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  4. ^ Hawthorn appoints Tracey Gaudry as chief executive, breaking new ground for female leadership in AFL
  5. ^ http://www.hawthornfc.com.au/news/2017-10-02/gaudry-steps-down-as-ceo
  6. ^ "Respect Victoria Opens Its Doors". Premier of Victoria. 1 August 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.