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SBD Global/May 30, 2013/Franchises

National Rugby League Canterbury Makes Raelene Castle First Female CEO

National Rugby League Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have appointed former netball CEO Raelene Castle to be the first female CEO in the club's history, according to Bridie Jabour of the London GUARDIAN. Castle "will take the reins of the club in July, the club announced on Wednesday morning," with Bulldogs Chair Ray Dib calling it a "watershed" moment. Castle has been the CEO of Netball New Zealand for six years and will move to Australia with her partner, Greg Jones, in July to start at Canterbury-Bankstown (GUARDIAN, 5/28). In Brisbane, Michael Chammas reported Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer believes Castle "will have no difficulty stamping her authority in the male-dominated environment of rugby league." Castle has been rated as one of the most influential people in New Zealand sport and "is no stranger to the limelight." Palmer: "In New Zealand, she was No. 7 on the list of the most influential people in New Zealand sport" (BRISBANE TIMES, 5/29).
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