The lasting legacy and impact of outgoing Club President Dale Alcock has been acknowledged at the Club’s Annual Members Meeting.
Held at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle on Tuesday night, Alcock was paid tribute for his contribution to Fremantle in a presentation delivered by CEO Simon Garlick and new Club President Chris Sutherland.
Alcock first joined the board in December 2011 and was appointed as the Club’s fifth president in November 2016.
Fremantle emerging from the pandemic in a position of strength is just one significant achievement from a long list of accomplishments for the Club under Alcock.
Alcock oversaw the Club’s transition into a new facility and stadium, the granting of the Club’s AFL Women’s license, the establishment of the Club’s Next Generation Academy and the Purple Hands Foundation, as well as the appointments of CEO Simon Garlick and Senior Coaches Justin Longmuir and Lisa Webb.
“Dale may not be at the helm when we achieve the ultimate prize, but I think we can all recognise the significant and lasting contribution he has made to our Club,” Garlick said.
“He epitomises our anchors of Club First, Authentic, Heart, Connection and Best Self and that care, passion and support will still be on show as he and wife Jan cheer from the sidelines for years to come.
“Dale has been as formidable a general in the Purple Army as you can imagine.”
Fremantle Club President Chris Sutherland acknowledged Alcock’s culture-first approach.
“Dale and Jan have been incredible servants of the Fremantle Football Club and we are indebted to them for the blood, sweat, tears and remarkable amount of work they did in a volunteer capacity for the Club they love.”
Alcock briefly addressed the room, stating his time at the helm had been ‘one hell of a ride.’
“Thank you to each and every one of you for your support over the time,” Alcock said.
“Thank you to my fellow directors, particularly to Craig Carter who was vice-president for over my time as President, and all those directors who served over the 12 years that I’ve been at Fremantle.
“To the loyal staff, management and executive at Fremantle - we have some wonderful people who work tirelessly to do what they do for our football Club, a lot of which goes unnoticed.”