Castle's journey to top job

by Sam Phillips

From a printing company marketing manager to Rugby Australia CEO, Raelene Castle has had quite the journey to Australian rugby's top job.

So who is Raelene Castle and how did she get here?

EARLY LIFE

Born in Wagga Wagga, NSW, but a proud Kiwi, Castle was born into a famous sporting family.

Castle's father, Bruce, skippered the New Zealand rugby league team in 1967, having made his debut for the Kiwis in 1961.

Her mother, Marlene, was a New Zealand Lawn Bowls champion for 16 years and represented her country at four Commonwealth Games - winning one silver medal and two bronze.

Castle followed in her parents' footsteps, proving to be an accomplished lawn bowls, netball and tennis player in her youth.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

1991 - 1999

Castle's first major job came at printing company Fuji Xerox, where she was the marketing manager for eight years.

2003 - 2004

Her next role was a communication managers job at Bank of New Zealand.

2005 - 2007

Castle then moved to Telecom New Zealand, where she ran the business marketing department for two years.

2007 - 2013

Castle played a big part in setting up the ANZ Championship. Photo: Getty ImagesCastle's big break in sports administration came in 2007, when she was named CEO of Netball New Zealand.

In her six year tenure Castle also served as a director of the first trans-Tasman netball competition - the ANZ Championship - and as a director of the International Netball Federation.

Castle played a major role in setting up the ANZ Championship, which has since split as both Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand set up their own domestic competitions.

Netball NZ had a 66 percent increase in commercial revenue during her time in charge, through broadcast deals and sponsorships, as per the Netball NZ website.

2013 - 2017

The Bulldogs made the 2014 grand final under Castle. Photo: Getty ImagesCastle made the move to Sydney in July 2013, when she took up the top job as CEO at NRL club Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

The club made three finals appearanced during her tenure and made the 2014 grand final, losing to Souths.

She resigned in August but remained at the club to help new CEO Andrew Hill transition into the role.

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