Magic appoint new chief executive

NZ Newswire November 19, 2012, 6:49 pm

Chief executive Sheryl Dawson has been replaced at the helm of trans-Tasman netball league winners Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic by former Basketball New Zealand chief executive Tim Hamilton.

Netball's regional administration is moving from from a 12-region model to a five-zone structure, centred on the five ANZ Championship franchises, from next year.

Under the Netball New Zealand restructure, board members and chief executives have had to reapply for their positions.

Peter de Luca, Magic board chairman for the last five years, was last month replaced by sports lawyer John Wiltshire.

Dawson has been involved with Waikato-Bay of Plenty netball since 2002, and has been part of the Magic since its inception for the inaugural trans-Tasman league in 2008.

The Magic have made the league finals every year, culminating in their 41-38 win over Melbourne Vixens earlier this year to become the first New Zealand franchise to win the trans-Tasman title.

Hamilton previously filled chief executive roles at North Harbour Netball, the Northland Rugby Union and the Wanganui Rugby Union.

He starts in the new role immediately.