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Athletics NSW CEO Appointment

Athletics NSW CEO Appointment

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Wednesday, 13 March 2019/Categories: News


I have great pleasure in formally announcing that we have a new CEO for Athletics NSW.  After a lengthy and robust process (one of the best I’ve been involved with), I can announce that Kirin Lindop has accepted the position.


Kirin has been involved with the sport of Athletics since she was 9 years old.  She was a national High Jump Champion but more recently has been a distance runner. 


Kirin understands intimately the innate drive to compete as a track and field athlete.  From the age of 9 to 20 years Kirin was a passionate and committed member of a local little athletics and senior club and represented her school and Club in state and National Championships.  Kirin placed and won multiple high jump and sprint State Championships medals, competed in multiple Pacific School Games, and National championships.


Kirin also has 2 children and is actively involved with Little Athletics.  She has had a life time connection with athletics in the Sutherland area.  Athletics is her sport and she feels passionately about it.


Her background in our sport also extends to being the Mixed Zone Officer for Athletics for the 2000 Olympic Games, as well as Project Officer for the World Junior Championships in Athletics.


Additionally, Kirin has worked at state and local government level in sports portfolios and has managed the Australian Team to three consecutive World Duathlon and Triathlon championships.


As well as being a member of the Athletics family, professionally she brings over 20 years of experience, and a wealth of expertise from working in the Office of Sport, Department of Premier and Cabinet, as well as National Surf Life Saving, Sutherland Shire Council (as manager of Sport), the Cronulla Sharks, and her current role is with Cricket NSW (with a recent highlight of hosting the historical WBBL sold out final).


She has a unique mix of capabilities and knowledge extending across elite to local level sport, business operations, sports development, participant and member growth and retention, sports facility project management, venue business, competition delivery, strategic planning, and change management.  She will also be a strong builder of relationships with our external stakeholders.


Kirin brings the skills of commercialisation as well as government connections and public service understanding.  Most importantly; Kirin is a Leader and a people person. 


Kirin will start with Athletics NSW on 10th April 2019.


I am really looking forward to, and excited about working with her in making a difference as we continue to move forward.  So join me in welcoming and supporting Kirin fully as she helps to take our sport to the next chapter of its development.



Dr Peter Higgins

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Athletics NSW


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