The Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) has made three key general manager appointments as preparations for Gold Coast 2018 continue to gather pace.
Tim Mahon, the current high performance manager for Shooting Australia, has been chosen as the team performance manager of his nation’s contingent for the event.
Dianne O’Neill, who has previously held a senior role within Gymnastics Australia and was a member of the headquarters team for the country at Glasgow 2014, will be the corporate manager, while Jonathon Monasso will head up marketing and communications.
Monasso joins the ACGA following a successful stint with Australian Football League (AFL) club Sydney Swans.
O’Neill and Monasso are due to take up their roles on July 4.
Mahon, a section manager of Australia’s shooting team at Glasgow 2014, is scheduled to assume his position on October 3.
It has been agreed Mahon will start later than his colleagues so he can oversee Australia’s shooting team at this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The ACGA have reached an agreement with Shooting Australia which will see Mahon undertake project work with his new employers later this month ahead of the start of Rio 2016 on August 5.
“Di, Jonathon and Tim join the ACGA at a very important time in its history,” ACGA chief executive Craig Phillips said.
“I am excited about the prospect of working with them.
“Their individual skills and experiences will complement each other extremely well.
“They will contribute greatly to returning Australia to the position of number one Commonwealth Games nation.”
Commenting on Mahon’s departure, Shooting Australia chief executive Damien Marangon thanked him for his brilliant service which has led to the organisation being recognised for their progress by the Australian Sports Commission.
“I am grateful for the blood, sweat and tears Tim has put into this role and the way he has done everything he can to make shooting a better sport,” said Marangon.
“Tim remains committed to our 2016 Rio Olympic Games campaign and is focused on ensuring that Shooting Australia’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes have the best possible preparation for their events.
“We will miss Tim and his contribution, and we thank him for his leadership during a time of significant change.”