Wollongong 2022 Limited, the Cycling Australia subsidiary responsible for delivery of the 2022 UCI World Road Championships in Wollongong, today announced the appointment of Stu Taggart as their Chief Executive Officer, following a wide-ranging search for candidates with experience in major sporting events with an international focus.
Stu has over 20 years’ experience in the sports, entertainment and leisure industry. He has worked in executive roles with Football Federation Australia and Australian Rugby Union, as well as providing lead commercial advisory services to international sports federations, major event local organising committees, national sports organisations, government agencies and consumer brands as CEO of Sports Futurist agency, Relevant Innovation.
As CEO of Wollongong 2022 Limited, Stu will be responsible for all aspects of the delivery of the Championships, which are the largest of the annual championship events staged by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), cycling’s world governing body, and form part of the NSW Government’s ’10 World Cups in 10 years’ initiative which has secured for NSW some of the biggest and best international sporting events over the next 10 years.
Dean Dalla Valle, Chairman of Wollongong 2022 Limited said, “We are delighted that Stu has accepted the role. He is very experienced in major international events and will work together with the UCI, NSW Government, Wollongong City Council, Cycling Australia, Cycling NSW and the broader cycling community to deliver an exceptional event.”
Incoming CEO Stu Taggart said he was looking forward to making a positive contribution to the legacy the 2022 UCI Road World Championships can provide the Illawarra community as part of his new role.
“The 2022 UCI Road World Championships will be a landmark event for Wollongong presenting a unique opportunity to showcase the region, develop the sport and attract a new generation of cyclists – I am very excited to be taking up this role and look forward to working with all stakeholders to deliver a memorable, world-class event in September 2022.”
Stu and his family will be relocating from Sydney to Wollongong for the role.
The UCI Road World Championships is owned and promoted by the peak global body for cycling, Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and is one of the biggest annual sporting events in the world. First held in 1921, the Championships span over 8 days and include the team time trial mixed relay, individual time trial and road race events. The winners in each event wear the coveted ‘rainbow’ jersey in their particular discipline for the next twelve months.
About Wollongong 2022
In February 2019, Cycling Australia was awarded the 2022 UCI Road Cycling World Championships. The event is expected to attract 400,000 spectators and bring in an estimated $94M to the local economy.
The event is supported by Destination NSW, Wollongong City Council and the Government of NSW.
- Number of competition days: 8
- Number of athletes: 1,000
- Officials & Guests: 5,000
- Media accreditations: 700
- TV Viewers: 300 Million +