NZTR chairman Cameron George resigns

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  • March 08, 2024
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NZTR chairman Cameron George resigns

by: NZTR

The New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) Board has today regrettably announced the resignation of its chairman, Cameron George, effective 31 July 2024.

Under his leadership, George, who has served as chairman since 2020, has played a pivotal role in steering NZTR and the racing industry through various challenges and sizeable achievements over recent years.

“My decision to step down from my role on the Board hasn’t been an easy one,” George said. “My journey at NZTR started with navigating a path forward for the business through COVID-19. Over time, we have managed to rebuild the industry into the strong position it now holds, demonstrating the resilient team environment I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in over the last four years.

“I’ve enjoyed all the challenges this role has presented me with. Going into it I knew I needed to both question and support initiatives brought to the table.

“I now feel we have moved into a model of braver thinking and strategic planning, with innovation at the forefront of our activities. Globally, sports have undergone a significant shift from traditional approaches to embracing innovation and with that, we must not sit on our hands, and continue to pursue becoming a vibrant sport within the entertainment sector,” he said.

While reflecting on his tenure as chairman, George expressed his gratitude towards those who guided the industry towards a successful future.

“I would firstly like to thank previous chairs of NZTR, the likes of Guy Sargent, Matt Goodson, Alan Jackson and their Boards, who worked tirelessly to underpin the industry into the condition it is today.

“I thank NZTR’s Board and management team around me, both past and present, for their dedication to the cause of rebuilding this industry since the dark days of COVID, it truly has been a massive effort.

“To the stakeholders and people of the industry, thank you for your strong support, being receptive to change, as well as being prepared to just give things a go.

“Finally, so many parts of this industry’s administration deserve credit for helping us reshape and rebuild our future. On a personal note, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of TAB NZ, Entain Australia and New Zealand, our racing Clubs, New Zealand Bloodstock and the New Zealand Government for encouraging the movement of change towards a better future.”

George will remain in his role as chairman until 31 July of this year and is committed to maintaining a high standard for New Zealand’s racing landscape.

“I look forward to finishing off my tenure with commitment and drive to complete several exciting initiatives we have in the pipeline. It’s all hands-on deck as we get ready for the biggest summer of racing this country has ever seen next year,” George said.

NZTR Members’ Council chairman, Jeff McCall, thanked George for his service to the industry.

“Cameron’s passion and dedication to the New Zealand racing industry has been illustrated by the numerous positive actions he has undertaken since he has held the position as chair,” McCall said.

“On behalf of the Members’ Council and the industry, we thank him for his contribution and wish him all the best for the future.”


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