DECORATED football coach Gerard FitzGerald has a renewed focus on creating and developing community leadership and advocacy on regional issues.
Mr FitzGerald has teamed with Committee for Ballarat in a formal role, which also includes work with Leadership Ballarat and Western Region’s Leaders Forum.
While Mr FitzGerald has been a strong advocate for all the city can offer via his voice in football, the new role allows him to continue his passion for promoting and improving the region for all.
“I really want to help promote what makes Ballarat such a livable city but it’s also about how to retain those aspects of livability,” Mr FitzGerald said.
“Working with emerging leaders in the forum will be more about trying to use my experiences from a long period in leadership roles and to offer support in how to be an authentic leader and have influence in the community.”
Mr FitzGerald has been long associated with Committee for Ballarat but he will now do so in an official role.
The change comes in Mr FitzGerald’s transition from coaching football, after retiring from TAC Cup under-18 club Greater Western Victoria Rebels, where he has been head coach the past two seasons.
Mr FitzGerald led North Ballarat Roosters to consecutive Victorian Football League premierships from 2008-10 and holds the coaching record for most senior games in VFA/VFL history.
Committee for Ballarat chief executive officer Melanie Robertson said Mr FitzGerald was an undeniable asset to the team.
“Gerard is a person who exemplifies leadership with his passion for the Ballarat community,” Ms Robertson said. “This represents a great synergy with the aims of Committee for Ballarat and LBWR.
“We are extremely proud of this appointment and we look forward to Gerard’s work with the leadership program and promoting the work of Committe for Ballarat to our members and the community.”