Successful head of Netball New Zealand changes country and code
Raelene Castle known for her outstanding efforts as head of Netball New Zealand has been appointed the CEO of the Canterbury Bulldogs in the Australian National Rugby League.
Castle raised the commercial revenue and sponsorship of netball by 66%, a statistic that ultimately helped establish a multi-million dollar television deal and put the Trans-Tasman International League into the spotlight.
Castle is widely considered to be the most influential woman in New Zealand sport, Bulldogs chairman Ray Dib excited by the appointment explained:
“Gender was never a discussion, it was the best person (for the job).”
Castle, the daughter of former New Zealand rugby captain Bruce Castle hopes that the focus is solely on the game:
“I hope that’s (being female) not the focus of it, I hope it’s about the skills and experience which I bring.”
These skills will officially be put to the test on July 15 when Castle commences her role at the Bulldogs.
Written by Liz Mason