ACA appoint Whipper to National role

19 Jun 2018

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The ACA is pleased to announce the appointment of Justine Whipper as National Manager of the Professional Development and Wellbeing Program. 

Following the departure of Ben Smith, the ACA began the recruitment process in May, before formally selecting Whipper as the ideal candidate to take the Program forward. 

General Manager - Member Services Clea Smith said she was excited about the appointment and what it meant for all players around the country.

“Justine has unrivalled experience in the athlete wellbeing and professional development area," Smith said.

“She is the ideal person to drive the Program that supports the players to succeed on and off the field.

“We are very excited to have her on board.” 

Whipper said that her appointment was exciting and humbling, and was looking forward to starting in the role. 

"Having worked as a PDM for the past five years, I have an understanding of the challenges faced by both male and female players throughout a player's life cycle from entry to exit point. 

" I know how strong our program is, and see first-hand how grateful the players are for the support they have available. 

"I was really keen to keep the momentum going and build on the great work that is already happening across the country."

Whipper’s work in New South Wales over the past five years has been instrumental for that playing group, with many players applauding the appointment. 

NSW all-rounder and ACA Executive Moises Henriques has benefited from Whipper’s work in NSW, describing her as “a fantastic appointment”.

“With Justine, the player’s welfare always comes first and foremost,” Henriques said. 

"She is an incredibly personable, dedicated, thoughtful person, and has the added bonus of being very well respected within the industry.

"This is certainly a loss for Cricket NSW, but a win for all professional cricketers around Australia."

Whipper will transition from her current role into the National Manager position in July. 

Clea Smith thanked former General Manager Professional Development Ben Smith for his part in creating and developing the Program in conjunction with Cricket Australia over the past twelve years.

“Cricket’s Professional Development and Wellbeing Program is leading the way in Australian sport and the Players can be proud of their contribution of $13 million over five years,” said Smith.

“We are extremely excited about how Justine can further develop this Program to support today’s players and the players of the future.”

For a full video of Justine Whipper discussing her appointment, please click here.