Luke Cevolani was last night appointed President of the Back to Belmore Inc. executive committee, incoming Vice President Steve Cataldi announced yesterday.
Luke Brailey, who did not attend last night’s Annual General Meeting, stepped down last month as head of the decision-making body after nine years of service, clearing the way for Mr Cevolani, Vice President since 2008, to officially take over the top job. Mr Brailey was appointed by the executive committee as President Emeritus in recognition of his meritorious service to the organisation.
"I think it is a good time to step down and put my focus back on other community interests and charity work," Mr Brailey said.
"Whilst I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as president since our inception, it is time for fresh ideas and new leadership. Without a doubt, Luke Cevolani and Steven Cataldi are two of the most passionate advocates for local sport on this planet and will carve out a brave new direction for Back to Belmore. We have had a lot of tough decisions to make, but I genuinely loved working as president for almost a decade."
Angus Jabour, a Back to Belmore volunteer since 2006, has been appointed to the executive committee. Mr Jabour will serve as a member of the organisation’s governing body replacing Luke Brailey.
Founding committee member Joe Karam said Mr Cevolani and Mr Cataldi’s combined passion for Belmore Sports Ground’s future made them ideal for the respective positions of President and Vice President.
"Luke [Cevolani] and Steve are passionate advocates of local sport with a wealth of experience. They will both endeavour to act in the best interests of Belmore Sports Ground in the context of its role in showcasing sport and nurturing the talent of aspiring athletes," Mr Karam said.
"Over the past nine years, Luke and Steve have both put an enormous amount of time, energy and passion into making our organisation the leading advocate for the restoration and preservation of Belmore Sports Ground and the new leadership will be of great assistance to Back to Belmore in regard to our forward-looking initiatives and strategic plan for 2014-2015."