Hunt starts for new cricket chief

Friday March 04, 2016 Written by Published in Cricket
Outgoing Cricket Cook Islands chief executive offi cer Alister Stevic. The sports body is looking for a new chief executive. 16030314 Outgoing Cricket Cook Islands chief executive offi cer Alister Stevic. The sports body is looking for a new chief executive. 16030314

After about six and a half years at the helm of Cook Islands Cricket, chief executive officer Alister Stevic is set to step down.

 

The search for his successor has begun and the outgoing head says the job is perfect for a local sports lover to grow cricket in the country.

The Cook Islands Cricket board is expecting plenty of interest for the position which will give someone else the opportunity to carry on with ongoing development works spearheaded by Stevic.

He said the focus of the role remained on development, with a particular focus on junior development over the next two years.

“There are so many talented Cook Islanders here and overseas and the position provides an energetic person with an exciting challenge.”

Stevic, who leaves the position at the end of March, said that the past six years had been wonderful.

“I am so very humbled to have had the opportunity to live in the Cook Islands. I am very grateful for the support I have had from so many passionate people. While there is still plenty more work to do, cricket has come a long way in the past six years thanks to the tireless hard work and passion of so many volunteers all over the country.

“These volunteers have given many hours and made many sacrifices to the development of cricket and can be very proud of the achievements they have made. I will always be grateful for their support.”

Stevic, who has a Bachelor in Sport and Recreation from Auckland University of Technology and a degree in Commerce from Otago University, holds a level two coaching and level 3 umpiring certificate from New Zealand Cricket.

He served as the development coach for Argentine Cricket Association in 2007 before taking up the role of the country’s Under-19 head coach a year later.

The 36-year-old was then appointed operations manager for Rotorua Cricket before taking over the reins of Cook Islands Cricket.

Stevic has won a number of local and international awards for his exceptional work.

Some of them include two Sports Administrator of the Year at the CISNOC Awards, Best Women’s Development Award, Best Women’s Cricket Initiative of the Year and Best Junior Cricket Initiative of the Year from International Cricket Council under the East Asia Pacific Development Awards.

He was twice finalist at the Pacific Islands Sports Awards.

The position of the chief executive is full time and anyone interested in applying for the job should check out the situations vacant section in today’s edition of CI News.

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