AFTER three years at helm, Greg Bickley is standing down as chairman of the Bendigo Bank Spirit.
Bickley has held the role since January, 2014, when he took over from Jeremi Moule.
Board member Sue DeAraugo will step up as acting chair ahead of the Spirit’s AGM later this year.
“It has been a very busy three years. Some tough decisions have been made along the way, but we have survived and come out the other side a better club,” Bickley said.
“It’s now the right time for me to step aside and watch a new group of board members drive the club’s future.
“Both the WNBL and the Bendigo Spirit are looking as strong as ever.
“With a world class stadium being built here in Bendigo, an exciting playing and coaching group and a level of engagement from members that we haven’t seen before, the future is looking very bright.”
Bickley, who took on the role just before the Spirit won the the second of its back-to-back WNBL championships in 2014, steps down having overseen re-structures within the club and the Spirit’s recent move under the banner of Bendigo Stadium Limited.
“Our legacy as a board, to both Bendigo and Country Victorian basketball, has been the move under the BSL banner,” Bickley said.
“This exciting venture took a lot of work from a few key people and now the future of the Spirit is secure.
“The pathway for female athletes to play at local club level, all the way up to national competition, is now secured right here in Bendigo. To have been able to drive that change will be my greatest satisfaction.”