Chris Bombolas joins Albion Park Harness Racing Club

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Chris Bombolas, a former TV presenter and ex-high profile politician, has been appointed to a newly created senior position at the Albion Park Harness Racing Club.

It comes after embattled CEO Scott Steele was removed from his post in July after being arraigned in court for rape and sexual assault.

Steele, who was dismissed with full pay pending the outcome of the trial, denies the allegations of one count of rape and two counts of sexual assault.

News Corp can reveal that Bombolas has now been appointed to the newly created COO position at Albion Park, effectively as “captain of the ship” given that Steele has been removed from his position.

A former sports journalist for more than two decades with Channel 9 in Brisbane, Bombolas also served a term as a Labor member of Chatsworth in Queensland from 2006 to 2009.

More recently, he worked as a media specialist, notably in the Office of Industrial Relations.

“Chris has a long and respected relationship with the sport and racing and is particularly passionate about harness,” said Albion Park President Brad Steele.

“As a former politician, Chris has excellent connections in government, business and racing, complemented by extensive media experience.

“Chris has delivered the sports news or called the Broncos rugby league games before – he knows the sports business well.”

Bombolas, who is also a former chairman of A-League club Brisbane Roar, said he was looking forward to guiding Albion Park through an exciting time which includes finding a new permanent home.

“With the countdown to the 2032 Olympics, we are looking for a new home as soon as possible,” he said.

“It’s a priority for the club and for Racing Queensland, so let’s crack the whips and get it done.”

If Scott Steele is proven innocent in court, he can resume his role at the club.

Originally published as Former TV presenter Chris Bombolas takes on newly created role with Albion Park Harness Club

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