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FIL revamps governance structure amid Olympic drive

The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) has elected three new members to its board of directors and completed a major revamp of its governance structure as it seeks to continue its ongoing development and fulfil an ambition of making the sports programme for the summer Olympic Games.

The restructure creates an expanded board, which will feature redefined roles to aid lacrosse’s global development and Olympic vision, as well as the evolution of the FIL’s championship platform.

Sue Redfern, of England, has been elected as FIL president on a two-year term. Redfern will serve as chair of the board and will confirm the agenda and timing of all board meetings and general assemblies. She will also become an ex-officio member of all committees, and will be responsible for the development and implementation of the FIL’s strategic and operational plans.

Steve Stenersen, of the US, has been re-elected as FIL vice-president for a further year. Stenersen will perform the duties of the president in Redfern’s absence and will also serve as an ex-officio member of all committees of the board. He will also chair the FIL’s nominations committee.

Englishman Ron Balls has been re-elected as FIL secretary general on a two-year term and will oversee communications with members, liaise with the International Olympic Committee and other international federations and oversee the financial functions of the organisation. He will also ensure the FIL’s adherence to relevant governance requirements.

Joining Redfern as new board members will be competition director Lorna Powell and technical director Don Blacklock. The trio will replace ex-president Stan Cockerton, former women’s director Shelley Maher and Terry Harding, who served as the FIL’s men’s director.

The FIL said the introduction of a competition and technical director represents a move to a more functional rather than gender-based organisation. An athletes commission director is still to be appointed to the board.

The restructure follows the appointment in July of Jim Scherr, a former chief executive of the US Olympic Committee (USOC) as the FIL's first chief executive.

Redfern said: “The appointment of our first CEO and our first inclusion in the multi-sport World Games are important steps towards achieving our strategic vision of Olympic inclusion and provide an excellent platform for the organisation to move forward.

"The Board and General Assembly have recognised a need for change, while ensuring the continuity of the development program, both in new countries and in helping existing member countries grow even stronger.”

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