Following a defining two stints as club president that saw him leave a great legacy at the club, current Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has announced that he will be stepping down from the role.
The Bulldogs will hold their annual general meeting on December 21, where it is increasingly likely that the board will vote for current Club Vice-President Kylie Watson-Wheeler, who has been on the member of the Club’s Board of Directors since 2013 and Vice-President for the last four years, to accept the role as president of the club.
Gordon was president in two stints for the Bulldogs, with his first presidential stint at the club from 1989-1996, before then later becoming president from 2012.
Gordon played an instrumental part in ensuring the Bulldogs remained a stand-alone club in 1989, with the famous fightback campaign that almost saw the Bulldogs merging with Fitzroy at the time.
In his second stint as president, Gordon achieved a lot for the club that saw them grow exponentially, including the eradication of significant debt, the introduction of AFLW and VFLW teams, the creation of the Club’s men’s and women’s health programs and the strengthening of the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and premierships in the AFL, AFLW and VFL.
Gordon also played a big part in recently helping the Bulldogs obtain over $36 million in funding from the Victorian government to redevelop Whitten Oval.
In a departing letter to Bulldogs fans, Gordon said this was the right time for him to step down from the role and believes the Bulldogs are in a great position.
“I believe that the Western Bulldogs Football Club is in a strong position and it’s a good time for me to move on and for the Club to move on too,” Gordon wrote, per the club’s website.
“I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported me and offered me their friendship over the journey. It’s been an honour and a privilege to hold the position with many enjoyable moments for my family and me. I’ve had a few regrets, but then again, as Frank Sinatra once put it…too few to mention.
“I have full confidence in our Vice-President Kylie Watson-Wheeler, our board, our CEO Ameet Bains and our senior management to take the Club forward.
“I wish the Club and all its members all the best for the future.”