All change at the top

PETE Toogood has stood down as chairman of the British Speedway Promoters' Association - and there's a new-look to the sport's management committee.Toogood attended the opening day of the sport's AGM in Bournemouth to oversee 2009 business and to see his successor appointed.

PETE Toogood has stood down as chairman of the British Speedway Promoters' Association - and there's a new-look to the sport's management committee.

Toogood attended the opening day of the sport's AGM in Bournemouth to oversee 2009 business and to see his successor appointed.

Edinburgh's Alex Harkess has been voted in by fellow members to succeed Toogood - and he's joined on the top table by Poole's Matt Ford as vice-chairman with Lakeside's Jon Cook, Jonathan Chapman of King's Lynn and Sheffield's Neil Machin the other committee members.

Outgoing chairman Toogood said: "I would like to take this opportunity to wish Alex and his colleagues all the very best and hope they oversee a very successful time for our wonderful sport.


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"It's a sad day for me in many ways, but I feel this move is the right thing to do with my increasing business commitments. I am sure our sport has an exciting future."

Birmingham's Tony Mole has been appointed president of the association after the resignation of Terry Russell.

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Reserve management committee members are Colin Pratt of Coventry for the Elite League and Newcastle's George English at Premier League level.

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