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Andrew Demetriou: Best on ground

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Andrew Demetriou in Byron Bay last November. Photo Eve Jeffery.

Minister for sport and recreation, Gabrielle Upton, has congratulated outgoing chief executive officer, Andrew Demetriou, on a distinguished career at the helm of the Australian Football League.

‘Andrew Demetriou has without question earned the AFL’s best on ground for his work over the last decade,’ said Minister Upton. ‘His bold vision, combined with his commercial acumen, has seen the AFL grow in terms of membership, attendance, sponsorship and participation.

‘More people are now watching, playing or involved with Australian football in more places than ever before.

‘Andrew has spread the game of Australian football to all corners of the country and converted tens of thousands of new followers.

‘While Andrew’s legacy is still being written, growing the game from 441,405 domestic participants in 2003 to more than 938,068 in 2013 is a major achievement.

‘On behalf of the NSW government and Australian football fans in NSW I congratulate Andrew for his service to the game and wish him well for the remainder of this year and beyond.’


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