Flash KurendaJustin Kurenda will be the eighth President of the UTS Bats, taking over the position from outgoing President Nick Haslam.

The handover was made at the Bats’ Annual General Meeting at La Scala on Jersey in Woollahra on Tuesday night.

Kurenda coached the Bats to the 2012 Division 3 premiership in his first season at the club and has an accounting background.

Originally from Adelaide, the man affectionately known as Flash takes over from Nick Haslam, who has had to relinquish the position due to an employment opportunity in Melbourne, joining North Melbourne as General Manager of Strategy and Business Development.

Haslam did a sterling job as President in 2014, playing a key role in securing the Bats strong financial position, forming a strong link with the UTS Shamrocks womens team and appointing former Sydney Swans premiership player Nic Fosdike as Head Coach.

Haslam says he leaves the Bats with mixed emotions.

“It’s been a privilege to spend the last five years as a player, committee member and most recently as President of our football club,” said Haslam.

“I always had every intention to serve a minimum of two years as President of the Bats, however I have been offered an opportunity to work in football in a professional capacity, which is something I have always wanted to do so will grab it with both hands.

“I’ve genuinely loved my time as President and want to thank the Committee and coaches I’ve worked with and I welcome Justin Kurenda as the new President and Nic Fosdike as the new Head Coach.

“The club is in excellent hands to really grow and become a dominant force in Sydney AFL and I’m confident Flash and Foz will do a great job,” he said.

New President Kurenda says he’s excited about what lies ahead at the Bats.

“I can’t wait to get stuck into this new role and I congratulate Nick Haslam for the work he’s done for the Bats. He leaves with the club in great shape,” said Kurenda.

“A lot of work is already going into the 2015 season and we have some really exciting announcements in the works.

“I encourage everyone to get involved and embrace the challenges that lie ahead. 2015 is going to be the year of the Bat!,” he said.

Pre-season training will in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more details.

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