Softball Australia has reported another strong financial result for the year at the 2019/20 Annual General Meeting (AGM), conducted virtually this morning.
Conducting his first AGM as Chair, Peter Hartshorne was able to report on another positive year for the organisation which has already seen funds re-invested directly into the sport, such as the recent #BackOnBase campaign which saw $60,000 invested directly to Clubs through a grants program.
“Financially, I’m pleased to report on another extremely successful 12 months for Softball Australia, the positive results in this space not only kept us well positioned to cope with the pandemic, but also places us in a strong position to re-invest into the sport at multiple levels,” said Hartshorne.
“In what was a difficult second half of the financial year, Softball Australia finished in a healthy financial position with another significant positive trading variance against budget.”
The last financial year presented changes from a budgeting perspective due to the Olympic Qualifier being held in late September 2019 and significant funding from Sport Australia linked to qualifying.
The result was especially pleasing due to the continued level of investment in marketing, communications, grassroots and broadcasting of the Sport.
Hartshorne also acknowledged outgoing Chair John Hollingsworth and Board Member Helen Langenberg who have both completed full terms on the Board.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our previous Chair John Hollingsworth, John has a high level of commercial acumen and corporate governance expertise and his input into the sport has been invaluable,” added Hartshorne.
“It’s been a pleasure to work alongside John and on behalf of the organisation I’d like to thank him for his fantastic work over the last six years as Chairperson and almost nine years on the Board.
“Also coming to the end of their nine-year term on the Board is Helen Langenberg who brought invaluable experience to her position as Board Director at a Club, Association and State governance level. Helen’s position as Manager of Sport and Recreation with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, has been of great benefit to guiding the Board on key sport and recreation issues within and across government levels.”
Elected to another full term on the Board was Richard Lindell and Philippa Wright, there was no formal election required with only two nominees.