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Demons president to stand down: reports

01/07/2009 11:46:51 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne president Jim Stynes is reportedly set to stand down from his post at the AFL club because of ill health.

Channel Nine and the Herald Sun were reporting the shock news on Wednesday night about the 1991 Brownlow Medallist.

Club officials were unavailable for comment.

There were no immediate details about the nature of Stynes' health problem.

Stynes, 43, took over from Paul Gardner as Demons chairman last year and is one of the most famous figures in the club's history.

AFL legend Ron Barassi was the mastermind behind Stynes coming to the Demons from Ireland during the 1980s.

Described as "Australia's most successful sporting experiment", Stynes made his senior debut in 1987 and played 264 games.

That included an AFL-record 244 consecutive matches and he was inducted into the Australian football Hall Of Fame in 2003.

He is a member of Melbourne's team of the century and the Jim Stynes Medal is awarded to the best Australian player in the International Rules series against Ireland.

He has also been a prominent community figure, co-founding the Reach Foundation in the mid-1990s.

Reach is a Victorian-based non-profit organisation whose aim is to support youth.

Stynes is a former Victorian of the year because of his charity work.

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