CAROL Cathcart has spent the past 19 months running the Bendigo Football-Netball League.
Now she is stepping up to the top position at AFL Central Victoria as the new region general manager.
Cathcart was announced on Friday as the successful candidate to take over from Paul Hamilton, who has taken up a newly-created role as AFL Victoria state talent manager.
It’s a watershed appointment in which Cathcart becomes the first female in Victoria to hold the position of a region general manager.
Cathcart has held the position of BFNL manager since May, last year, with AFLCV to now begin the search to fill that role.
AFLCV chairman Andrew Cooney said Cathcart’s “strategic thinking and ability to understand the challenges across central Victoria would be a benefit to all clubs.”
“Carol is a great person and a great leader,” Cooney said.
“She is an extremely well respected member of the football-netball community and we should all be very excited about Carol’s appointment and the qualities she will bring to the role and our region.”
Cathcart’s appointment comes on the back of the chairs of the BFNL (Carol McKinstry) and Loddon Valley league (Colleen Rogers) having been females in recent years.
“This is a great reflection of the opportunities that are available in our great game of football,” Cooney said.
Cathcart will commence her position early in the new year.
Meanwhile, in other news, the BFNL has this week welcomed two new board members.
Joining the board is former South Bendigo and Golden Square player Jason Griffin, and BFNL Hall of Fame member Peter Davey.
Davey is a four-time premiership player with Golden Square, while Griffin played in two flags for the Bulldogs.
Griffin and Davey fill the board vacancies following the retirements of Paul Byrne and Ron Cawthan.
Byrne had been on the board since 2008, which included a stint as chairman, and Cawthan since 2010.