NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF VAFA MICHAEL HAZELL

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At Monday night’s Board Meeting (16 July) the Board confirmed that Michael Hazell will assume the role of Vice President of the VAFA effective immediately. 
Mr Hazell replaces Tim Merrett who resigned from the Vice Presidency and the Board at the last Board Meeting in June. 
At the Members Meeting which followed the Board Meeting, Tim Nelson was elected unopposed to the vacant Board position.
Mr Hazell, was first elected to the Board in 2008, prior to which he played VAFA football for 13 years, including seven years at Divisional level and six years at Premier A and B level (including representative football for the Big V).
Mr Hazell commenced his association with the VAFA at Salesian Old Boys Football Club (now St Mary’s Salesian), where he played in a senior premiership in 1996 (Division 2).   
He went on to play at Old Melburnians and St Bedes Mentone Tigers, where he won senior premierships in B Section (2002) and A Section (2008) respectively. 
Mr Hazell has also represented the VAFA in state football and has coached senior football at Salesian Old Boys Football Club, in addition to serving on its committee and therefore has a very strong understanding and appreciation of the various stakeholder roles across all grades of the VAFA. 
Tim Nelson has been a member of the Board since December 2010. 
Mr Nelson played over 100 games in the Amateurs at both Old Paradians and Old Xaverians and was lucky enough to have won five premiership medallions, four as a player with Paradians and one as an official at Xaverians. 
Mr Nelson was a good sprinter and spent a decade competing in the Victorian Athletic League at community carnivals across the state. 
He has enjoyed a career in executive recruitment and has developed very strong strategic, financial and marketing/business development skills.  
Mr Nelson was previously filled one the two Board appointed positions on the Board and his elevation to a permanent Board Member is for a three year term. 
The Board is made of up nine permanent elected positions plus two board appointments.
The Board will now be looking to appoint a new member to fill the position vacated by Mr Nelson.