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Peter Downs

Manager – Play by the Rules

Peter Downs completed a European Masters Degree in Adapted Physical Activity in 1992 through the University of Newcastle (UK) following a BSc in Sports Studies/Business Studies through Surrey University. Shortly after arriving in Australia in 1993 he began a 27 year career working for the Australian Sports Commission, as the Manager of the Disability Sport Unit for 17 years, Assistant Director of the Integrity Unit for 2 years and Manager of Play by the Rules for the past 7 years. Play by the Rules ( is federal and state government collaboration that provides resources and education to help keep community sport safe, fair and inclusive. In 2012 he co-founded The Inclusion Club, an online resource that shares models of good practice in sport and recreation for people with disability ( In 2014 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study models of good practice in sport and physical activity for people with disability in Finland, the UK and US.