Magpies appoint ex-champion female cyclist and doctor to board

Collingwood have appointed a former international cyclist and senior state government official, Dr Bridie O’Donnell, to the club board, replacing the longest-serving board member Alex Waislitz.

O’Donnell, a trained medical practitioner, represented Australia in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 road world cycling championships and commentated at the Tour de France for SBS last year. She was the inaugural director of Victoria’s Office for Women in Sport and Recreation between 2017 and 2020.

Bridie O’Donnell.Credit:The Age

Waislitz, who started on the Collingwood board when Eddie McGuire took over the club at the end of 1998, has stepped down effective immediately.

The appointment of O’Donnell means the Collingwood board – which is facing a prospective challenge from influential ex-AFL lawyer, Channel Nine boss and mover and shaker Jeff Browne – has three women on their seven-member board, Dr O’Donnell joining Jodie Sizer and ex-Australia Post boss Christine Holgate.


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