Bar­low step­ping aside at Swifts

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata Swifts AFC pres­i­dent Dwayne Bar­low has called time on his involvement with the club, end­ing a near life­time of involvement with the Swifts.

Bar­low has been pres­i­dent of the club since Novem­ber 2009 and has also held other man­age­ment com­mit­tee roles, along with play­ing well over 100 1st team games.

He has per­formed a vol­un­teer gen­eral man­ager’s role for the club for the best part of the last decade and has cited work and fam­ily as the main rea­sons for step­ping down.

‘‘The club has a very good man­age­ment com­mit­tee now, is fi­nan­cially sta­ble with a great spon­sor base and, with Ted Ansell coming on board as the di­rec­tor of coach­ing, we have the ca­pac­ity to re­alise our vi­sion of be­ing the beat­ing heart of our com­mu­nity,’’ said Bar­low.

‘‘ So I feel com­fort­able in step­ping aside to let a new group of lead­ers carry this club for­ward. It’ll be tough to let go, as I’ve been so closely in­volved with this club for so long but other chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties mean it’s some­thing I have to do.’’

The time com­mit­ment has fi­nally caught up with Bar­low and, he said, he must now move his fo­cus to dif­fer­ent ar­eas.

‘‘I’ve de­voted nearly 1000 hours a year to the club for the past few years and I can’t carry on like that,’’ ex­plained Bar­low.

‘‘I need that time so I can ex­plore other chal­lenges, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ing my me­dia and mar­ket­ing busi­ness, as well as to spend with my young fam­ily.’’

Bar­low ex­pects he won’t be lost to foot­ball.

‘‘This sport is still in my blood and is some­thing I care deeply about. Af­ter tak­ing a break from foot­ball I’ll be on the look­out for a new chal­lenge in the game. I don’t really know what it will be, or when, so we’ll just have to see what comes up.’’

Swifts spokesper­son, Julie Cloth­ier, was ini­tially sur­prised to hear of Bar­low’s de­ci­sion, but is fully sup­port­ive.

‘‘I can un­der­stand it. This club owes Dwayne so much for the vi­sion he’s dis­played and the con­tri­bu­tion he’s made over such a long pe­riod of time,’’ she said. ‘‘ He’ll be missed.’’

The Swifts have some big de­ci­sions to make in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture and that is one of the rea­sons Bar­low feels the time is right to leave.

‘‘The club is at a real cross­roads, so it’s only right that the peo­ple who will carry it for­ward get to make some tough de­ci­sions. Mata­mata Swifts will al­ways be my club and I wish ev­ery­one there all the best. I’ll be in­volved for a bit longer as the han­dover process will take a lit­tle while but when I’m com­pletely out of the pic­ture I will still fol­low the club’s re­sults and will cer­tainly keep in touch with ev­ery­thing that’s go­ing on.’’

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