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Ex-Mayor to lead AFL Barwon

Former City of Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood has been appointed AFL Barwon’s new Region General Manager. (Geelong Broadcasters Image)

FORMER City of Greater Geelong mayor Bruce Harwood has been tasked with guiding the post-COVID fortunes of football and netball in the area after being appointed Region General Manager of AFL Barwon

The appointment of Harwood, who remains on the council where he represents Kardinia Ward, was confirmed on Friday afternoon.

He fills the role made vacant by the departure of Will McGregor at the end of 2020.

“We have completed a very thorough process and had a number of excellent applicants,” AFL Barwon Chair Craig Keating said.

“Bruce brings a wealth of experience in business and community engagement to AFL Barwon, and his energy and passion for the region will enhance the development of our community sports of football and netball as we move out of the Covid-impacted years of 2020 and 2021.”

“I would also like to acknowledge and thank the great work of Georgia Hillman and Sean Atkinson, who both led the AFL Barwon team over the past season in the roles as Acting RGM with distinction.

Both Georgia and Sean deserve great credit for navigating the challenges of 2021 and can be proud
of their work.

“The whole AFL Barwon team has performed brilliantly under difficult circumstances.”

A former police officer, Harwood has a strong knowledge of the local football and netball scene.

He’s had a lifelong involvement with BFL club Geelong Amateur, where he is a premiership player, former coach and ex-president.

Harwood served two terms as mayor of Greater Geelong between 2006-08 and 2017-19 and two terms as deputy.

He will start in the role next Tuesday.

More to come.

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