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Christina Matthews to join Youth Focus Board

WA Cricket Association chief executive and former Australian cricketer Christina Matthews has been appointed a director on the Youth Focus Board.

Ms Matthews has taken up the appointment in addition to her position as the Chair of the Hawaiian Ride For Youth Organising Committee.

Since May, she has headed up the dedicated team of volunteers driven to help young Western Australians through the iconic fundraising bicycle ride, which has raised $24 million towards youth mental health over the past 18 years.

“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Christina Matthews as a director on the Youth Focus Board,” Youth Focus Board Chair Dean Hely said.

“Christina is a strong leader and a respected voice in our community. With 35 years’ experience in management, coaching and development roles across cricket, hockey and Australian rules football, she is a great fit for Youth Focus.

“Through her dedication to the Hawaiian Ride For Youth, Christina has helped foster vital awareness about youth mental health and raised considerable funds for Youth Focus to continue to offer free counselling and mental health support to young people in WA.”

Ms Matthews, an avid cyclist and passionate mental health advocate, held the committee’s Deputy Chair role from October last year until May when took up the Chair. She completed the ride in 2016 and 2019 and participated in the CEO Challenge in 2017 and 2018.

Ms Matthews said she was excited to join the Youth Focus Board.

“I’m thrilled to be appointed as a Youth Focus Board director and look forward to supporting the organisation’s important work in making real and valued improvements to the lives of young people in WA,” she said.

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