All Blacks rugby legend Sean Fitzpatrick is the new Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy.
Fitzpatrick, who was one of the greatest captains of the All Blacks and played in 92 Test matches, takes over from double Olympic champion Edwin Moses, who has held the post since the creation of Laureus in 2000.
Fitzpatrick said: “These are exciting days for Laureus as we look to grow the organisation through the rest of the decade. We have just staged a very successful Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin and my fellow Academy Members and I are dedicated to increasing the breadth and scope of Laureus Sport for Good to help improve the lives of even more young people around the world.
“I would like to place on record the tremendous gratitude we feel to Edwin. He accepted the role of Chairman when the Laureus Academy was a fledgling organisation and has helped to make it the influential body it is today. I look forward to following in his footsteps and building on his legacy.”
Laureus Academy Members volunteer their services as global ambassadors for Laureus Sport for Good, which was set up to promote the use of sport as a tool for social change. Laureus Sport for Good addresses social challenges through a worldwide programme of sports related community development initiatives. Since its inception, Laureus has raised over €100 million for projects which have helped to improve the lives of millions of young people.