Hockey Australia chief executive Cam Vale has become Baseball Australia’s new CEO.
As well as holding the top job at Hockey Australia, Vale has experience at an elite club level with positions at NRL club Melbourne Storm and AFL club North Melbourne.
He will begin as Baseball Australia’s new boss in late April.
Baseball Australia Chairman David Hynes commented on Vale’s appointment: “Cam is a strategic-thinking leader who comes to baseball with a great reputation for driving change and setting and successfully implementing the strategic goals of an organisation.
“It is an exciting time for baseball in Australia, with the men’s national team about to take on the world’s best at the World Baseball Classic in Tokyo in March and baseball’s recent reinstatement to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”
“Furthermore, participation in baseball is on the increase and the Australian Baseball League (ABL) has never been healthier, with Baseball Australia and our member states now 100 per cent owners of the league.”
On confirmation of his appointment, Vale said: “Baseball is one of the most played sports in the world and the opportunity for Australians to compete on the world stage are huge, and I am very much looking forward to continuing to support the growth of our national program.
“However, it is grassroots baseball and participation, particularly through school programs, is where some of our greatest opportunities exist. We have established programs in Little League and the ABL is performing well, but it is developing the ‘pathways’ to connect all these together that needs specific focus.”