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143rd AGM highlights strong growth for Otago Cricket

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The 143rd Otago Cricket AGM highlighted a year of continued growth for the organisation.

Held in the Otago Cricket Longroom at the University of Otago Oval this evening, the meeting recognised a strong year of growth in both the community and high-performance sectors.

There were also developments in the female space with the successful launch of New Zealand Cricket’s Yeah Girls initiative and the continued growth of the SBS Bank Girls Smash programme.

Members heard that the organisation was succeeding commercially - recording a small $14,000 surplus for the previous financial year.

Otago Cricket CEO Mike Coggan expressed his pride in the continued growth across the organisation’s community and high-performance environments.

"Our community staff have done a terrific job leading the delivery of new forms of cricket, while on the back of continued performance department development, we saw the Otago Volts host the Ford Trophy final," he said.

"Under a current pilot we are working very hard to support an exciting future for Dunedin Cricket.

"It’s been a busy yet rewarding year and I’m very proud of the commitment from our staff to make our game stronger."

Coggan also highlighted New Zealand Cricket’s commitment to developing a stronger relationship with the six Major Associations.

"The alignment with and support of NZC gives our game great hope for a growth-based future.

"So much excellent work has taken place at NZC, particularly in regard to women and girls and governance, and we are already seeing early rewards.

"NZC have demonstrated their national leadership across review and implementation, and it has been great to partner this approach."

Otago Cricket showed its gratitude for three of its departing Board members - board chair James Lovelock and directors Jason Cushing and Mark Knox who have been instrumental in the organisation’s growth over the past twelve months.

It also welcomed three new board directors - Liane Topham-Kindley, Nathan Pitcher and former WHITE FERN Rachel Pullar.

Murray Hughes was appointed as President for another two years.

Five new Otago Cricket Life Members were also announced - Peter Cameron, Malcolm Jones, Stuart Heal, Stephen Boock and Suzie Bates who became the organisations first female Life Member.

"It’s incredibly satisfying seeing the new life members inducted," said Coggan.

"All five continue to be terrific ambassadors for Otago Cricket and it’s the efforts of these types of people that makes you very proud to be a part of Otago Cricket.

"Cricket in the Otago region is in a strong place and we’re looking forward to building further on the year’s successes."

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