11 months ago
By Ben McKenna
Sharks chairman brings end to 14-year service
Shaw Cross Sharks chairman Chris Smith is stepping down after 14 years
in charge at the club.
Smith has been a member at Shaw Cross for well over 40 years and has been involved with the club since his playing days.
The 61-year-old says that he could have continued in his role but he believes it is time someone else took over.
“In a lot of respects I could’ve carried on, but there are a lot of things that I want to do personally,” said Smith.
“I don’t know if a lot of people understand what’s involved, it is a lot more commitment than people realise.
“It is all about what you do behind the scenes, and people don’t always recognise that. For me, I have done 14 years and there are plenty of people at the club who can now step up.
“Sometimes you get asked to do things family wise but you can’t because you are busy doing things rugby wise, I like travelling and I like to do things other than being involved in rugby.
“By me standing down we could get someone younger who maybe has some fresh ideas and someone who can bring something different to the table.”
Smith says he will still be at the club in some capacity, and that he will offer his full support and guidance to whoever is chosen to replace him.
He also looks back fondly on his time as chairman and is glad to have been able to bring stability back to the club.
“I’m not going anywhere, I am probably going to take up other roles within the club and whoever gets the role I am going to support them.
“I became chairman more by accident than intention. We had a bit of instability when I took over, there were a few disruptive factions.
“Some people said to me that if I took on the chairman position we would be able to get some stability and that’s what we have been able to achieve.
“I have always been a player and a coach, I fell into the admin side by being on committees and 14 years as chairman, I think, is a good stint.
“By me standing down it now gives someone else that opportunity who could bring some new energy.”
Smith has described it as a “privilege” to be chairman of Shaw Cross Sharks and is glad to have seen the club grow over the years.
He added: “I’ll miss some things, it has been an honour and a
privilege to be chairman at Shaw Cross, and there are also things I
“We have never been in any crisis, we have had a few blips here and there, our participation is still rising, in the juniors we have never had so many kids playing rugby.
“We probably need to look at expanding our facilities as our demand has never been so high.
“I am Shaw Cross through and through so I am going to look to stay involved but in a way that doesn’t require as much commitment as chairman.”
The club will elect their new chairman at their AGM on January 11.
Updated 12:48 - 18 Dec 2017 by Ben McKenna