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Andy Rose

President

Andy is honoured to take on the role of Baseball Victoria President to help lead his beloved sport to a bright future across Victoria. Over the last 25 years, Andy has run a successful photographic and digital company, with a strong focus on strategic direction and team management for advertising campaigns on both local and national levels. Over the past decade, Andy has been heavily involved in Victorian baseball, coaching teams, managing committees, and facilitating programs from community t-ball up to high performance.

He has also served as President of North Balwyn Baseball Club since 2010, where he focused on growing junior participation and offering more opportunities to participate in baseball. Andy is excited to direct his enthusiasm and creative thinking to further the strategic plan of growing grassroots baseball and fostering the next generations of talent in Victoria.

Grant Weir

Vice President, Game Development and High Performance, Finance and Nominations Committee

Grant's experience is vast, both within the sport of baseball and externally. Playing baseball for most of his life, he's been a part of teams in the Under 19's USA Tours, the Australian Baseball League and the 1988 Olympics.

As a coach, Grant has worked with the Australian Under 17's and Claxton Shield teams as a pitching coach as well as heading the Victorian and Australian Women's programs in their early years.

Grant currently lectures at Victoria University. He has worked previously for the Victorian Baseball Association and held multiple positions in the sports industry sector for other State and National organisations.

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Joanna O'Connor

Marketing, Nominations Committee

Joanna O'Connor has over 10 years of experience in digital marketing specialising in retail, media and entertainment markets.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Auckland and post graduate in Commercial Law.

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Matt Nichol

Audit, Risk and Finance Committee

Matt is a sports law academic at Central Queensland University, focusing on baseball, team sports, labour regulation/mobility, corporate governance, and integrity in sport. As a lecturer in business law at CQU’s School of Business and Law, Matt teaches commercial law, international commercial law, governance and business law. Previously, he taught business law units for 10 years at Monash Business School.

Matt has over 30 years of experience in community, elite pathway, and professional baseball as a player, coach and administrator. He is the former secretary and Vice President (Pennant Committee Chairperson) of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League. He is a former tribunal member for the VSBL, MWBL, and ABL, and was part of the baseball operations team at the Melbourne Aces for 10 years. Matt also coached in the Victorian Under 12 Kangaroos Program and the Under 14 National Youth Championships.

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Amy McCann

Nominations Committee

Amy is an experienced and decorated baseballer who represented the Australian Emeralds and the Victorian Aces for 12 years (2002-2014). Amy is also a passionate club person with 20 years of involvement with Doncaster Baseball Club. This included 300 games as a player, ten seasons in various coaching roles within the renowned women’s program, and several club committee positions. 

Professionally, Amy is the National Manager of Communications of AusCycling - Australia’s national cycling organisation representing more than 50,000 members across all disciplines and forms of the sport of cycling.

Amy produces a podcast titled Women’s Baseball - The Inside Pitch which features stories of women’s baseball and women in baseball. Amy is also a one-eyed Atlanta Braves fan who believes MLB should not ban the shift! 

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Rob Stanley

Finance Director, Finance and Audit Committee

Rob Stanley undertakes the role of Finance Director and professionally holds the UK CIMA qualification. He has held senior roles in finance at Cricket Australia and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and managed both organization's financial planning and analysis functions.

Rob is a father of two young girls and a keen runner who has completed both the Melbourne and Gold Coast Marathons. Rob also has a long history in community sport playing hockey for a number of years with Old Haileybury Hockey Club. 

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Jennifer Pitson

Director

Jennifer joins Baseball Victoria with over 20 years of sport industry experience including strategic, commercial, participation, marketing and event positions. Jennifer holds a Master of Business Administration (Entrepreneurial Management) and is currently studying a Doctor of Business Administration at the Australian Institute of Business. Jennifer is a consultant with Woodlyon Pty Ltd., having previously served as General Manager - Commercial & Development at Motorsport Australia and Sponsorship Manager at Bowls Australia. At both organisations, she was responsible for developing and implementing relevant strategic plans to ensure key commercial and participation objectives were met.

Throughout her career, Jennifer has worked for the Australian Football League, Melbourne Racing Club, and City of Melbourne managing strategic partnerships with Cricket Australia, Australian Rugby Union, and Melbourne Vixens to name a few. She’s passionate about strengthening commercial and participation strategies to benefit sporting organisation members and keeping people active. She’s looking forward to influencing the future of Baseball Victoria and ensuring grassroots baseball continues to encourage teamwork, community engagement, and long-lasting connections.

Brett Mitsch

Director

Brett is an experienced senior banking executive and current managing Director of Steam Plains Capitol. Brett holds a Master of Business Administration and has extensive experience in global executive leadership, NFP governance, and management. His previous roles as an advisor, portfolio manager, and board member allowed him to develop and execute a range of growth strategies, and he has also represented at numerous investor conferences and industry presentations. As a player who has returned to the sport after 30 years, Brett is passionate about baseball and driving increased participation at the grassroots level. 

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