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Sports Without Borders Conference 2014

Sports Participation Conference & Sports Technology Expo

Moonee Valley Racing Club
Moonee Ponds
Friday, 2 May 2014






Key Takeaways:



Why should I attend?

The 2014 Sports Without Borders Conference brings together the complete picture - sportspeople, club officials, volunteers, policymakers, government funders, government and local government workers, peak bodies, and sports administrators.

If you're from any of these groups, this conference is about you.

Learn the facts, hear the stories, and find out about best practice sports solutions. Your club, and your community, depend on it.



The Speakers


James is co-founder (with his son Tom) and Chair of Sports Without Borders, a not-for-profit organisation that provides support for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds who are involved or want to get involved in sport. A highly experienced senior executive and educator/academic, James has worked extensively in the corporate, educational and not-forprofit sectors. He was a former senior player (1975- 1976) and Director (1996-1997) of the Essendon Football Club.


Maria is the Managing Director of MyriaD Consultants. She has a legal background, and incorporates her legal knowledge as a human rights and diversity trainer. She has extensive experience in policy formulation for the Government sector, research for social planning and in community education. She has also successfully undertaken sensitive consultations with diverse cultural and religious communities on a range of issues including care for aged, skilled migration and employment, health, domestic violence and the law. In delivering diversity and human rights programs to a wide sector of the community, Maria has contributed to a greater understanding of the cross-cultural implications in decision-making and service provision.


Paul is a former state league footballer and is currently a senior television journalist, with 15 years' news reporting experience. He is the national sports presenter on ABC News Breakfast and presents sports news on ABC News 24, along with being host of ABC Contact Sport. Paul has covered some of the biggest stories in Australia for networks Ten, Nine and the ABC, with his work in the area of drugs in sport among his career highlights.


Peter is the Federal Minister for Sport and Minister for Health. In 2004, he became one of the youngest Ministers since Federation with his appointment as Minister for Workforce Participation in the Howard Government, with responsibility for the Job Network, Disability Employment Services, Work for the Dole and transition to work opportunities for all unemployed Australians. In January 2006, Minister Dutton was promoted to Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer.


Brimbank City Council is the second largest municipality in Melbourne and is located in the western and north western suburbs. It is one of Victoria's most culturally diverse municipalities, having embraced more than 156 nationalities from across the globe and with over 50% of residents speaking a language other than English at home. Brimbank is also highly disadvantaged, being ranked 2nd on the SEIFA Index of Disadvantage for Metro Melbourne and 3rd in Victoria. As a result of these factors many residents face significant barriers to sports participation which has led to the development of In2Sport Brimbank which is providing opportunities for disadvantaged children to join a sports club. Sport and Recreation Development Officer Kate George has been with Council for 4 years, while Sport and Recreation Coordinator Ashley Fleming has over 8 years service at Brimbank. Ashley and Kate have developed many programs to assist culturally diverse and disadvantaged communities become active in sport.


Pippa is a Doctor of Applied Psychology and Director of Bluestone Edge Pty Ltd, a consultancy business helping sports people and organisations thrive. She works primarily within elite sport, in the areas of culture, ethics and leadership. Pippa also provides strategic leadership and governance on culture change projects such as the responsible use of alcohol, illicit drugs, respectful relationships and social inclusion. Pippa was a Vincent Fairfax Fellow graduate (Ethics in Leadership) in 2010 through the St James Ethics Centre and is an international keynote speaker on the culture and ethics of sport. She is the author of a new book 'Ethical Leadership in Sport - what's your ENDgame?', being published in 2014.


Russell is the Director of the Centre for Sport and Social Impact at La Trobe University. His areas of expertise include corporate governance, volunteer management, public policy and the role of social capital in not-for-profit organisations. He has acted as a consultant for the Australian Sports Commission, Sports Knowledge Australia, Netball Australia, and a number of government sporting bodies.


Francis is a broadcaster with a unique history, having started at national youth radio network Triple J before moving into sports broadcasting. Currently the presenter of ABC Grandstand Breakfast on the national broadcaster's digital radio sports station, Francis is also part of Grandstand's live sports commentary team, calling AFL and A League games, as well as Socceroos matches. For five years, he co-hosted the popular Run Home drive program on Melbourne sports talk station 1116 SEN.


With 18 years of sports administration experience, Mark joined VicSport as CEO in 2009. He has worked with Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia and Tennis Australia. Most recently Mark was the CEO of Softball Australia. Highlights of Mark's career include the management of Softball Australia's constitutional reform, initiatives to increase cricket participation, the introduction of National Insurance Programs, establishment of Cricket Victoria's Game Development Department and creation of the Victorian Cricket Pathway.


Con co-ordinates multicultural policy development for the Municipal Association of Victoria. He supports cultural diversity planning at local councils through projects, training and other professional development opportunities, and represents local government on cultural diversity issues with federal and state governments and the community sector. He has also worked with the Australian Government on migrant and refugee settlement and policy development.


Rita is an uncompromising social commentator who is prepared to tell it like it is. She can be heard on SEN 1116 where she co-hosts the popular Casual Friday program. Rita has also been published in the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, Courier Mail and MX.


Nova is an Australian Senator for the Northern Territory and was Australia's first Indigenous Olympic Gold medallist after winning Gold with the Hockeyroos at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. After the 1996 Olympics, she switched to athletics, winning gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in both the 200m sprint and as part of the 4x100m relay team. She went on to represent Australia as part of the 2000 Olympic Games athletics team. Nova was named Young Australian of the Year in 1997 and in 2013 was the first Indigenous women to become a member of the Federal Parliament of Australia.




Conference: $298 (GST inclusive)



Further Information:

Please consult the downloadable PDF program for full details.

Details are correct at time of publication, however due to unforeseen circumstances, it is possible that the program will change. Any changes will be advised via email - please ensure you provide a correct email address during registration.



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