Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden has been appointed Chief of Sport for the national body, Surfing Australia.
Surfing NSW Chairman John O’Neill, who will step in as executive chair while the organisation works through succession arrangements, said the appointment was made with the full support and endorsement of the Surfing NSW Board.
“Luke Madden is an exceptionally talented young executive who has spent sixteen and a half years working his way up to the top role in our organisation, which he assumed back in 2016 at the age of just 27,” he said.
“We had openly discussed with Luke our preparedness to strongly support his move when the right role came along. This is the right role and Luke’s appointment will only strengthen the alignment of our state and national surfing organisations to the betterment of surfing in Australia and the community we serve.”
Surfing Australia CEO Chris Mater said: ”We couldn’t be more excited to announce that Luke Madden is joining our team as the new Chief of Sport for Events, Participation, and Community at Surfing Australia. A passionate surfer with a stellar track record of success and deep expertise in his field, Luke embodies the spirit of Surfing in Australia.”
Mr Madden said he was excited by the opportunity and really pleased he would continue to work with his colleagues, industry and community stakeholders – especially during the lead-up to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“It’s a great privilege to have the opportunity to take up this role at a time when we have become an Olympic sport and know we will be hosting our third Olympic Games.”
Mr Madden will finish up at Surfing NSW at the end of July and start in his new role in mid August.