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Sports Without Borders Conference 2015
Sports Participation Conference & Sports Technology Expo

2015 Theme:

I'm not Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, but...
Stop. Think. Change.

Moonee Valley Racing Club
Moonee Ponds
Friday, 1 May 2015






Key Takeaways:



"The essential event for every grassroots sporting group, administrator and community leader in local communities and local government."



Why should I attend?

The 2015 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 and for 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

After an illustrious career with the Hawthorn football club where he played in five premiership sides and represented his state on nine occasions, Dermott has forged a successful career as a television presenter, football commentator, newspaper columnist, and radio host.

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. 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.

Gilbert McAdam made a name for himself in Australian football by becoming the first Indigenous player to win the Magarey medal in South Australia's SANFL competition. His AFL career was highly successful playing 53 games for St Kilda and then a further 58 games with the Brisbane Bears. Gilbert now co-hosts the Marngrook Footy Show and is a vocal advocate against racism in sport.

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.

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.

Sport, social justice and inclusion have framed Paul’s social, academic and working life. During a stint at the Australian Sports Commission, he led programs including Play by the Rules, the country’s pre-eminent safety, fairness and inclusion in sport program, the ‘Racism, it stops with me’ sport campaign, and the 7 Pillars of Inclusion model for promoting diversity in sport. Paul co-wrote the reports: Access all levels: drugs and doping in grassroots sport, and Gender equity: What it will take to be the best. He now runs his own consultancy company.

Emma is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Sport and Social Impact at La Trobe University. She has a PhD in Philosophy, investigating conflict of interest in the Australian Football League. Emma is currently the secretary of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand and was awarded the 2014 Victorian Women's Governance Scholarship by the Victorian Minister for Women's Affairs.

Jenny is a highly decorated journalist and documentary-maker. She's currently host of SBS's celebrated Insight program. Over her 30-year career as a journalist, Jenny has worked in television, radio and print. She has won four Walkley Awards including the 1992 Gold Walkley for her documentary Cop It Sweet. She has received numerous other awards for her work, including a Human Rights Award and a United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Award.

Jason is an Australian rules footballer who launched a campaign in 2012 calling on the Australian Football League to do more to tackle homophobia. A mental health advocate, Jason is currently an Ambassador for beyondblue and is the Government Liaison and Project Officer at Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre. His story has provided inspiration and hope for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) community.

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

Jenni is the current CEO of Disability Sports Australia and is a qualified physiotherapist, working in various roles and lecturing at La Trobe University. She was the Medical Coordinator for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and led the development and implementation of the National Classification Strategy for the Australian Paralympic Committee - still considered to be one of the world's best.

Andrew is the co-founder and Director of Sales and Marketing at InteractSport, a web-based sports management product. Prior to establishing InteractSport, Andrew held senior management positions in several large organisations, including Visy. An avid cricket fan with a 28-year playing career, Andrew has had many different roles within cricket clubs and is currently the senior coach of the Prahran Cricket Club.

Craig is the founding Executive Director of the Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN), which is aimed at providing leadership in the development and promotion of Australian sports technologies. His work at ASTN has seen him develop key initiatives including mentoring programs, investment pitching competitions, innovation and entrepreneurship bootcamps, conferences and the Head Start accelerator. Craig has more than 20 years experience in business advisory services with a focus on franchising, business research and industry development.

Tim is a political philosopher, social commentator, author and the current Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). Prior to joining the AHRC, he was a lecturer in Australian Studies at Monash University after completing his Masters and PhD at Oxford University. Tim is the author of three books including Don't Go Back To Where You Came From: Why Multiculturalism Works, which won a 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Award. He has also been a regular columnist in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian.

Patrick is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Institute of Community Directors Australia, a division of Our Community. He is an experienced marketing executive with an in-depth appreciation of how to capitalise on changes in marketing trends. Prior to joining Our Community he held senior positions with Telstra, including Business Planning Manager for Access Products. Patrick heads up Our Community's training team, a role that has seen him develop a cult following among not-for-profit groups across the country.

Maria is the Managing Director of MyriaD Consultants, where she incorporates her legal knowledge as a human rights and diversity trainer. Maria has extensive experience in policy formulation in the government sector, having undertaken 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 aged care, 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.

Peter has more than 25 years experience in the area of sport, physical activity and disability with a particular focus on the inclusion of people with disabilities into regular sporting environments. He was Assistant Director with the Australian Sports Commission's Integrity Unit and is currently the National Manager of Play by the Rules, which works to create a safe, fair, inclusive environment in sport and recreation. Peter is also co-founder and Director of The Inclusion Club, a not-for-profit health promotion charity.

Athalia Zwartz was Executive Director of Sports Without Borders until June 2013 when she left to work overseas. Athalia returned recently to take on the role of Executive Officer in Initiatives of Change Australia, working in the area of change management and developing the focus areas of Ethical Leadership, Building Trust across the World’s Divides, and Sustainable Living. She worked at the Australian Multicultural Foundation for 6 years, in research and project delivery. She has a passion for finding and developing the space of healthy tension, which counters complacency and encourages growth.

Patrick has more than 10 years' experience in multicultural community sport engagement and is the Director of Sport and Media for Red Elephant Projects, a specialist consultancy involved in fan development, participation, talent, media, marketing, education, technology and programs for Indigenous and multicultural communities. Patrick's areas of expertise include research, strategy, program design and building, media, community engagement, evaluation, mentoring and program sustainability. He has worked with most of the major sports codes in Australia, as well as in the IT Industry.

Alex has over 10 years' experience in sports management, and has degrees in Computer Science and Law. Alex develops revolutioniseSPORT, an end-toend club management platform that powers clubs at the grassroots and whole-of-sport level.




Conference: $300 (GST inclusive)
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND PEAK ORGANISATION DISCOUNT: send six delegates, including at least two from sports groups in your community, and pay for only four - $1200 (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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