2019 Plenary Schedule

All of the conference delegates, irrespective of the conference chosen, will have the opportunity to share knowledge with keynote speakers at the Plenary Sessions that have been developed by the industry to address the key strategic opportunities and challenges we all collectively face.

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Day 1: Wednesday 24 July 2019

11.15AM - 12:30PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

NSC Plenary Theme 1 – Reimagining Participation

How to Activate the Community to Move More Often

By reimagining our vision to holistically encourage greater physical literacy throughout life participation in physical activity, active recreation and community sport will increase in environments including schools, work places, local communities, facilities and sports grounds. This holistic focus will allow future generations to be more active and encourage a healthier nation with a myriad of quality providers supporting community sport and recreation clubs to provide a broader range of activities and opportunities in society.

  • The global perspective: Let’s Be Active Everywhere, Everyone, Everyday – an evidence-based approach to physical activityFiona Bull, Prevention of Noncommunicable Disease – World Health Organisation
  • New Zealand’s approachGeoff Barry, General Manager Community Sport and Recreation – Sport New Zealand
  • Healthy Tasmania – Working across government and communities for Tasmania to be Australia’s healthiest state/territory by 2025 – Verity Cleland, Deputy Chair of the Premier’s Health and Wellbeing Advisory Council (Tasmania)

Panel Discussion: Interacting with panel and audience to identify top three key game changers that can encourage more people to be active.

Additional PanellistsBarrie ElvishChief Executive Officer – Fitness Australia; Professor Mark TremblayDirector – Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (Canada); Anita Hobson-Powell, Chief Executive Officer – Exercise and Sports Science Australia

11.15AM - 12:30PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

NSC Plenary Theme 2 – Reimagining Community Facilities and Urban Design

How Can Urban Design Create and Support Active Communities and How Can Governments Assist?

Planning for the future is critical if we are to encourage more community members to be more active including, understanding what makes an environment accessible for all and what infrastructure can make a difference. The majority of cities and towns cannot afford to build infrastructure from scratch consequently what can be achieved on a smaller budget?

  • Visionary urban design can change the community’s way of thinking about the role of movement and physical activity while removing barriers to participationDarryl Condon, Managing Principal – HCMA Architecture + Design (Canada)
  • Sport Australia’s Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program encourages communities to identify how infrastructure can be utilised to support more people to be more active more often within regional and rural communities – Sue McGill, Director, Community Sport and Infrastructure – Sport Australia

Panel Discussion: Interacting with the panel and audience to identify top strategies that can be used to activate local community environments based on retrofitting and limited money. Identification of key resources that can be downloaded by delegates to use in their workplace.

Additional PanellistsPatrick Walker, Chief Executive Officer – Australian Sports Foundation; Keith Brown, Policy Advisor Built Environment – National Heart Foundation of Australia; Peter Betson, Head, Sport, Recreation and Racing – Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

11.15AM - 12:30PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

NSC Plenary Theme 3 – Reimagining Sports Management

Are Participants Customers, Members or Consumers? How Should We Treat Them and What Can Be Learnt to Maximise New Customers and Improve Engagement in Our Sector?

Is it just terminology or do we really treat participants differently depending on what we call them? Are there different participant needs that need to be factored into our strategies for engagement? Airline and retail industries have been rated as the best performing sectors in customer experience in the Australian market, coming in at first and second places respectively in the KPMG’s Customer Experience Excellent Report for 2018. Australians perceive these sectors as strong in the delivery of fast and efficient service and products. What can we learn in delivering enhanced customer experience to drive our sector forward.

  • Customer Experience Excellence – Retail led consumer trends and how can they be embraced by the sport and recreation sectors? – Lisa Bora, Partner, Customer, Brand and Marketing Advisory – KPMG Australia
  • Design thinking to identify future participant’s needs and needs analysis for future facilities through the use of predictive modelling, social impact, economic benefit analysis and data modelling – Stuart Hodge, Chief Executive Officer – Football NSW

Panel Discussion: Interaction with the panel and audience to identify the key indicators we embrace as an industry to measure customer experience and potential retention.

Additional Panellists: Shane Dunne, Chief Executive Officer – Aligned Leisure; Cam O’Riordan, Director of Sales & Marketing – Stack SportsLouise Eyres, Chief Marketing Officer – Sport Australia

11.15AM - 12:30PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

NSC Plenary Theme 4 – Reimagining Sport With a Collective Systems Approach to Achieving Sport 2030

What Does a System Approach Mean and What Does it Entail?

Collectively tackling one of our generations biggest challenges can only be achieved if like-minded organisations with shared ambitions and vision can openly work together to identify roadblocks, explore new opportunities and co-design solutions. All this needs to be supported and encouraged by innovative processes and systems thinking, to create policy, integrated resourcing and agreed priorities. This Plenary will share new approaches that could bring the diverse sector together to find solutions to our generational challenge.

  • Creating human-centred sport systems from strategy to experiences – Adrian Tobin, Founder – Kinlab
  • The transformational journey to inspire Singaporeans to adopt a healthy lifestyle from a preventative approach through sports, from changing mind sets of staff to operating structures to introducing creative initiatives –  Oon Jin Teik, Former CEO, Sport Singapore and Singapore Sports Hub
  • Sport New Zealand’s vision and game plan for encouraging the broadest sectors to be involved is now five years in, what can be learnt from the ground – Peter Miskimmin, Chief Executive Officer – Sport New Zealand
  • Uniting the movement for an active nation – ukactive started as an industry membership association and now it is a campaigning force for physical activity in the broadest sense; what changed and how did they change the industry’s perception of them – what can we learn for Australia – Steven Ward, Outgoing Chief Executive Officer, ukactive, Chief Transformation Officer – GoFit

Panel Discussion: Interaction with the panel and audience on focus areas of the Systems Approach that can be easily embraced and identification on where further assistance is required (from an NSO and SSO level).

Additional Panellists: Andrew LarrattGeneral Manager, Sport Business – Sport Australia; Andrew O’Loughlin, Director – Experience Design Co.

11.15AM - 12:30PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

NSC Plenary Theme 5 – Reimagining Diversity and Inclusion

The Opportunity of Embracing Diversity and Inclusion as Sport Creates an Ideal Platform for Broader Society

Organisations need to enhance their support systems to enable ‘Sport for All’ and demonstrate leadership that then becomes a role model for others.

  • From the international platform of the Australian Open to supporting local clubs, Tennis Australia is showing leadership in equality of opportunity and diversity and inclusion – Craig Tiley, Chief Executive Officer – Tennis Australia
    The participant’s perspective and why everyone should be treated fairly and equallyDr Jessica Gallagher – Australia’s first summer (track cycling) and winter (Alpine skiing x2) Paralympic medallist

Panel Discussion: Interaction with the panel and audience to identify the top five priorities on how sport can be more diverse and inclusive.

Additional Panellists: Beau Newell, National Program Manager – Pride in Sport Australia; Ameet Bains, Chief Executive Officer – Western Bulldogs and Male Champion of Change; and Kay Thomson, Co-Lead, Diversity and Inclusion – Sport New Zealand

Day 2: Thursday 25 July 2019

11.15AM - 12:30PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

NSC Plenary Theme 1 – Reimagining Participation

Opportunities for Participants from Recreational Programs to Community Clubs

To be physically literate throughout life will assist people to build confidence, maintain fitness and health and be more likely to participate in community activities and programs. In doing so there is the opportunity for sports organisations to link with community activities, programs and providers to grow longer term participation.

  • The global phenomenon celebrates participation in all its forms: from elite runners to first time walkers; our dedicated volunteers who make it happen every week; and spectators who are there to support friends and family Tim Oberg, Chief Executive Officer – parkrun Australia
    Lunch time and after work sports competition programs continue to grow, does this mean the death of sports clubs or just a changing eco-system to meet the new needs of the community – Carla Armanet, Director Sport and Recreation – Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands
    Understanding and embracing culturally diverse communities to participate in sport has allowed Cumberland Council to encourage and provide more opportunities for the community to be more active – Jackie Bolger, Manager Recreation – Cumberland Council

Panel Discussion: Interaction with the panel and audience on what are the top five activators to bring together events and commercial providers with community sports clubs to facilitate sustainable community clubs?

Additional Panellists: Jerril Rechter, CEO – Basketball Australia; Ben Sanders, Chief Executive Officer – PlaySport

11.15AM - 12:30PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

NSC Plenary Theme 2 – Reimagining Community Facilities and Urban Design

What Will Future Facilities and Neighbourhoods Look Like if we want to Activate Communities and Attract Specific Cohorts?

Understanding the global approach to future holistic designs will stimulate local thinking, and acknowledge that one model will not meet all the local challenges. Exploring key design themes needed to activate specific cohorts of the community.

  • Health and wellbeing centres, the next generation of community leisure facilities Darryl Condon, Managing Principal – HCMA Architecture + Design (Canada)
    20-minute neighbourhoods, ‘living locally’ where people have the ability to meet most of their everyday needs within a 20 minute walk, cycle or local public transport trip of their home – James Mant, Manager, Planning Projects – Dept. of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Panel Discussion: What should the industry be designing for the community recreation and sports facilities of the future and what are the delegate’s priorities?

Additional Panellists: Dion Gosling, Principal Architect – 106 Architects; Michelle Nolland, Executive Leader Service Delivery – YMCA NSW

11.15AM - 12:30PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

NSC Plenary Theme 3 – Reimagining Sports Management

Reimaging Technology to Encourage Innovation in Sport to Enhance Consumer Experiences to Drive Participation and Retention

To reimagine a way forward, it is critical to embrace technology to assist in securing and continuing to motivate more participants, and to explore how technology can support clubs to focus on what they are good at, providing participation opportunities. Sport Australia is driving and supporting the agenda for technology to be embraced by community sport.

  • Digital platforms and their importance to impact on participation directly and through better communication – Wing Cheung, Deputy GM, Digital Strategy and Insights – Sport Australia
    The latest innovations to help sport identify its traditional customers, understand their interests, and implement strategies to communicate with them to maximise and retain their participation in community sport – Craig Beed, Chief Operations Officer – Hockey NSW
    How mapping and ongoing monitoring of the Australian sport’s industry’s use of social media is being used both strategically and tactically to better engage participants – Stu Williams, Director – SHUNT Applied Creative

Panel Discussion: Identification of the top five components that technology can support to enhance the consumers experience that every organisation should include.

Additional Panellists: Alex Mednis, Managing Director – revolutioniseSPORT, Todd Wheatland, Chief Executive Officer – JARO Sports

11.15AM - 12:30PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

NSC Plenary Theme 4 – Reimagining Sport With a Collective Systems Approach to Achieving Sport 2030

Evidence Based Decision Making Creates Opportunities to Address the Sport 2030 Vision

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare sources data nationally, develops data sets or models to analyse pragmatically and strategically, and identifies strategic trends and key insights on the health and welfare issues across Australia. Understanding how these data sets can be embraced and utilised as part of evidence-based decision making is critical to our industry, to enable a cross sector and whole of government approach to the generational challenges and opportunities to get more Australians physically active.

  • Leveraging data and sharing knowledge to understand physical activity in cities and inform policy to create sustainable change, learnings from four global cities – Asahi Takano, Partner – Portas Consulting and Head of Active Citizens Worldwide
    Physical activity across our life stage, what the data is telling us – Claire Sparke, Head, Population Health Unit – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
    Coordinated Active Kids data that can be collectively embraced by active recreation, sport and government to measure the outcomes and impact in the community – Dr Lindsey Reece, The SPRINTER group – University of Sydney and Office of Sport NSW Government

Panel Discussion: Discussion and identification of the key data sets that industry should be exploring to ensure evidence based decisions are made.

Additional PanellistsDarren SimpsonChief Executive Officer – Sport NSW; Professor Mark Tremblay, Director – Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (Canada)

11.15AM - 12:30PM

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

NSC Plenary Theme 5 – Reimagining Disability & Sport 

Mental health, the importance of social connectedness in sport for disability from grassroots to elite level

The importance that positive mental health can have for people with disability and the impact that sport has on living a fulfilling life, exploring different perspectives to ensure a holistic approach is understood.

  • Impact that sport and recreation has on individual’s lives with regards to overall wellbeing, social connection and cultural and community participation Shari Cohen, All Abilities Inclusion Coordinator – Maccabi Victoria
  • Elite perspective: Athletes of all levels can struggle, however once you are participating at an elite level as an athlete with disability what are the real barriers to good performance – Jason Lees, Australian Player, Steelers Wheelchair Rugby
  • What are some strategies that sports can implement into their programs to educate on mental health and embed awareness into existing programs being delivered for people with a disability? – Mick Garnett, Chief Executive Officer, Wheelchair Sports NSW  
  • The importance of inclusion and access to sport for people with a disability, why it is important to have a strength based approach when working with people with a disability –
    Elise Muller, Personal Trainer, Public Speaker, Mentor/ Essendon VFLW Player – Active Support

Panel Discussion: Questions as asked by the audience.