Tracey Gaudry well placed to effect further change as new Hawks supremo | Kate O’Halloran

Hopefully the milestone appointment of the AFL’s first female CEO will change structures that house the glass ceilings she has already smashed

Tracey Gaudry’s appointment as CEO of the Hawthorn football club earlier this week represents a landmark in the cultural progression of Australian sport – it is the first time a woman has taken on such a role at an AFL club, and takes Hawthorn’s senior leadership team to 50-50 in gendered representation.

The impact of Monday’s announcement should not be underestimated. Women languish at all levels of officialdom in the AFL. To date there has been only one female club president (in Peggy O’Neal at Richmond), while St Kilda assistant coach Peta Searle steered VWFL powerhouse Darebin to five consecutive premierships and was a five-time premiership player and three-time all-Australian before she was considered for a senior role in the men’s game.

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