2019 Global Thought Leaders Sessions Schedule

Inspirational speakers from around the globe have been brought together to explore the conversations we need to have today, to be ready for tomorrow. They will then be joined by a panel of Australian and New Zealand leaders and specialists to explore the implications, nationally, state and territory wide and locally.

The National Sports Convention is being held in conjunction with

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Day 1: Wednesday 24 July 2019

8:45AM - 10:15AM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre


Global Thought Leaders Session 1

Reimagining Sport to Achieve Sport Australia 2030 Vision, the World’s Most Active and Healthy Nation

For Australia to be the most active and healthiest nation by 2030 as a sector we need to embrace a different approach. What can be learned from the World Health Organisation, who are promoting this global action plan and the approach that the UK health and fitness sector has taken to achieve a larger target audience? From these inspiring approaches the panel will explore the learnings for our local environments.

  • The WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity and Health 2018-30: More active people for a healthier world through a systems-based approach – Fiona Bull, Prevention of Noncommunicable Disease – World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Building a movement for an active nation – developing cross sector partnerships and an innovative climate for sector growth – Steven Ward, Outgoing Chief Executive Officer – ukactive (2015-2019), Chief Transformation Officer – GoFit
  • Reimagining Sport, preparing for Strategy 3.0 and how to work to engage the broader community to be active, recreate and grow participation – Peter Miskimmin, Chief Executive Officer – Sport New Zealand 

Panel Focus: Exploring global initiatives and how these align with Australian and New Zealand initiatives.

Additional Panellists: Steve Moneghetti AM, Deputy Chair – Sport AustraliaTrevor Shilton, Director Active Living – National Heart Foundation of Australia; Kirstan Corben, Executive Manager, Programs – VicHealth

Day 2: Thursday 25 July 2019

8:45AM - 10:15AM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre


Global Thought Leaders Session 2

Focusing on Future Generations – Our Children are Our Future

Our future generations could possibly have a lower expected life expectancy than current generations, by exploring evidence-based report cards and initiatives that have made a difference over 20 plus years, what are the priorities that we can embrace locally to make a difference to current and future generations of children?

  • Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance comparisons – Insights to steer Australia – Professor Mark Tremblay, Director – Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (Canada). President of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance
  • Understanding current youth needs and aspirations – Alison Oliver, Chief Executive Officer – Youth Sport Trust (UK) 

Panel Focus: Identification of the top ten benchmarks that could be embraced locally for encouraging children to be more active.

Additional Panellists: John StokesChief Executive Officer – ACHPER Australia; Associate Professor Kylie Hesketh, Associate Professor Kylie Hesketh IPAN – Deakin University; Pierre Comis, Director, Physical Literacy Leadership – Sport Australia; Fran McEwen, Young People Strategy Lead – Sport New Zealand