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Former Supercars supremo steps down from post

FORMER Supercars supremo Tony Cochrane has announced his resignation as chairman of the Gold Coast Suns AFL club.

Cochrane is a well-known figure in the Australian motorsport industry for his illustrious tenure as V8 Supercars chairman and co-owner.

Always outspoken, he finished in that capacity a decade ago and joined the Suns board in 2014 before succeeding foundation chairman John Witheriff ahead of the 2016 season.

Cochrane will step down following the club’s season-opening clash with Sydney on March 18.

“It’s been a real labour of love,” he told media today.

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“I have absolutely loved every minute of it: the tough parts, the good parts, the exciting parts… I’m very proud of the legacy I’m leaving behind.

“I think in these roles you are only ever a custodian.

“You take what you’ve done from the person before you and you carry it forward for a period of time and during that time you try to improve on it, build on it and make it bigger and better, and then you hand on to the next person who becomes the new custodian of it to take it forward thereafter.

“Others will judge my time, but I leave a pretty happy individual.”

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In typically blunt fashion, Cochrane added: “It’s a sad day for, a great day I guess for my detractors, but I have attempted over the nine years to give this football club a real voice.”

AFL Commission chair Richard Goyder led the tributes to Cochrane’s reign.

“The role of a club President requires an immense personal commitment across many hundreds of hours of voluntary time to the game and Tony has had incredible energy and drive for football in Queensland and particularly for the growth of the Gold Coast SUNS, in both the AFL and AFLW competitions,” he said.

“The club, under his leadership, has embedded itself into the Gold Coast community and the SUNS have had a critical role in growing our participation numbers at community level to record highs in Queensland, while continuing to build their membership and attendance numbers at the elite level.

“Tony should be incredibly proud of how far the club has come in just over a decade since it entered the AFL.”

Among Cochrane’s other ongoing interests is his position with FIM Supercross World Championship promoter SX Global.

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