Sport Wales has announced the appointment of Sarah Powell as its new Chief Executive Officer. Ms Powell, from Porthcawl, becomes the organisation's first ever female Chief Executive.
Announcing the appointment, Chair of Sport Wales, Professor Laura McAllister, said:
“Sarah was the outstanding candidate from an impressive and strong international field of candidates. She has a depth of knowledge and expertise, and a strong reputation in sport on the UK and international stages, as well as in Wales. Her energy and vision was compelling. It was that passion which impressed us, alongside her understanding of all aspects of sport and physical activity. I am convinced that she will drive even greater success for sport in Wales and Sport Wales, in the coming years."
Sarah Powell's appointment was welcomed by Sports Minister, John Griffiths AM who said:
"I am delighted to hear that Sarah has been selected to be Sport Wales' new CEO. Her background in sport and the excellent relationships she has built with other sports bodies in the UK will mean that Wales is well-placed to continue to deliver outstanding performance. I look forward to working with Sarah and her team."
Former Welsh international hockey captain, Powell said:
“Becoming CEO is an immense honour, and a privilege. Recent sporting successes show that our great sporting nation has the potential to be a leading light in the world, not just in terms of international success and medals won, but in terms of the life opportunities we can offer to every one of our children. I am incredibly proud to have been entrusted with this responsibility.
“I will be presenting my vision and plans for sport shortly. Clearly there are financial challenges on the horizon, but I am confident we will demonstrate the power of sport in improving the lives of Welsh people. Whether we're aiming for greater success or making sure every child has a quality, fun and engaging experience of sport at school, everyone can be assured I will be striving to create a more physically active nation where exercise is valued and enjoyed by all."