The President of the famous Australian Commonwealth Games, Ben Houston has taken up the role of the Chief Executive of Australian Sailing with effect from 1 April 2019. The department made this announcement on following Ben’s appointment to this position on March 25, 2019; however, he will officially take up the role April onwards. Previously, Houston was the head of the Triathlon Australia before he took up responsibility as the president of the Games and now also, Chief Executive of the sailing body.
It is believed that there is increased pressure on Ben considering that Australia gained the 3rd position in sailing in the Rio Olympics held in 2016. It is believed that Houston is someone who can get work done, which is why the selection panel chose him for the position. The panel said that having Ben as the chief executive, sailing will have a combination of governance that is both commercial and legal in nature. The mix seems to be unique and one of a kind and something which can only come to life under Ben’s governance.