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Rowing Australia welcomes Kieren Perkins OAM as next ASC CEO  

Rowing Australia wishes to congratulate Kieren Perkins OAM who has been announced as the next Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).   

Perkins is best known as one of Australia’s greatest ever swimmers and he brings a wealth of corporate and sports administration experience to the role. 

Most recently, Perkins served as the President of Swimming Australia and has previously been a Commissioner of the Australian Sports Commission (2001-2007). 

As CEO, Perkins will have oversight of high performance and participation sport as the nation embarks on the 10-year journey to Brisbane 2032.  

Mr Perkins said he was excited to be stepping into the role of CEO at the ASC. 

“I could not be more thrilled and honoured to be appointed to lead the ASC as Australian sport looks forward to the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Mr Perkins. 

“It’s the most amazing opportunity to help shape participation and elite sport for Australia. 

“As an athlete and administrator, I have lived the importance of a symbiotic sport system that has strong grass roots participation, underpinned by volunteerism, helping uncover and develop the ambitious talent that will represent our country on the world’s biggest stages. 

“My corporate experience gives me the business and relationship skills required to bring together the important stakeholders pivotal in ensuring sport flourishes. 

“The decade leading to 2032 is a generational opportunity to build a lasting legacy for all sport, in an environment that allows everyone involved to safely live all of the positive life experiences sport can bring.” 

Rowing Australia CEO Ian Robson said: “On behalf of the rowing community, I would like to offer my congratulations to Kieren Perkins on his appointment as CEO of the Australian Sports Commission. 

“Kieren’s leadership experience across the sporting and business landscapes will be invaluable as we seek to maximise the opportunities that come with hosting an Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brisbane in 2032. 

“We look forward to continuing our close and collaborative working relationship with the ASC during Kieren’s tenure as CEO.  

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Sport Australia CEO, Rob Dalton, and AIS CEO, Peter Conde. Both Rob and Peter were immensely helpful and supportive of rowing during their time. We are indebted to both gentleman for the rigour for which they supported the advancement of sport in Australia, from the grassroots, to the elite,” Robson concluded.   

Perkins will commence in the role in the first quarter of 2022 with a start date to be confirmed.